Salt Beef- an alternative to Christmas ham?

salt beef

One of our family traditions is to have a Christmas Eve Ham, it’s a great start to the festive feast, we usually enjoy ours with chunks of good bread, some nice cheeses, and pickles. But this year we will be having a succulent joint of salt beef brisket as a suitable alternative.

There a lots of curing recipes out there to cure your own salt beef, but this Devon Ruby Red  joint had already been cured and was from Pipers Farm, so it was simply a case of simmering gently in a large pot for 2 1/2 hours with a couple of carrots, a stick of celery, a halved onion, and a few cloves of garlic. Also pop in a couple a bay leaves, 2 cloves, and half a dozen whole black peppercorns.

You can enjoy simply like this, with mustard and pickles on sourdough, or remove from the pan and roast for 20-30mins with a slather of black cherry jam over the at 200degc, allow to rest for 20-30 minutes, it was perfect served with a rustic mash and some homemade gravy.

salt beef

4 responses to this post.

  1. Definitely – yours looks excellent 😉

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  2. We always have a smoked joint of gammon boiled… lovely 😀 – but this definitely would be a fantastic sub – not sure the family would change tradition though 😀

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  3. Thanks Rosemary, a rolled roast on a big platter, defintely very festive!
    Cheers
    Marcus

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  4. That’s a good idea. I love corned beef and it looks quite elegant as a rolled roast.

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