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Corned Beef in a Bag: Grill or smoke?

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  • btuckertx
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    • Apr 2015
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    Corned Beef in a Bag: Grill or smoke?

    I was gifted with a Cook's corned beef point. Can't complain. I have a reunion on Saturday. It's about 4#, so I was thinking about grilling it like a tri-tip. I'm also considering smoking it on a Weber Smokey Mountain tomorrow (Friday) - kind of like pastrami without the seasoning. Does anybody have any experience with these?
  • ItsAllGoneToTheDogs
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    #2
    Not an expert but I would assume if grilling it you would want to soak it in water to desalinate just like doing pastrami since the normal prep method for corned beef like that is to boil which drops the salinity a bit. Would think it would be a bit too salty without a brine if doing a straight to grill cook, not positive though.

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    • btuckertx
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      #3
      Along those lines, as well as comments about brisket being chewy when you grill it (who knew?! well, maybe everybody), we'll boil it like most corned beef, but only until it's about medium rare. I can do that tomorrow evening, then get some nice grill marks on it on Saturday morning.

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      • HawkerXP
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        • Old Glory
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          I smoked one and it came out great

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          • Polarbear777
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            • Sep 2016
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            #6
            Definitely desalinate unless you are boiling it.

            It needs time under temp to get tender, so definitely smoke vs grill. Basically, treat it like the brisket it is.

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            • texastweeter
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              • Jul 2017
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              #7
              Desalinate, rub with the pastrami seasoning on free site, smoke to 175° over oak, then steam to about 190.

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              • mnavarre
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                • Jan 2018
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                #8
                Desalinate. If you don't you're just going to end up with extremely salty beef bacon; which, while good, is not really edible on its own. But, corned beef smoked with a light rub of something without salt or too much sugar is pretty good.

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                • Red Man
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                  • May 2018
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                  • Western Washington

                  #9
                  It needs to be desalinated, but you can smoke it just like a brisket. The pastrami rub is good, but it’d be good with even just black pepper. Don’t just grill it or lightly boil then grill. It needs to be boiled all the way or treated like brisket.

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                  • btuckertx
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                    • Apr 2015
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                    #10
                    We wound up baking it - for too long, but still came out OK for sandwiches. Rinsed it well. Next time I'll plan a little farther out.

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