Spice-Rubbed Corned Beef with Mustard-Honey-Horseradish Sauce

Total Time:
3 hr 50 min
20 min
30 min
3 hr

6 to 8 servings

  • For the corned beef:
  • 1 3 -pound corned beef brisket (spice packet discarded)
  • 3 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons Spanish paprika
  • 1 tablespoon ground dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground chile de arbol
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Canola oil
  • For the sauce:
  • 1/2 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup whole-grain mustard
  • 1/2 cup clover honey
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish, drained
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Put the corned beef in a large pot and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high heat, then cover, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until tender, 2 1/2 to 3 hours, adding more water if needed to keep the beef submerged. Remove from the water and let cool 30 minutes, then cut into 1-inch-thick slices.

  • Meanwhile, make the spice rub: Whisk the chile powder, paprika, oregano, coriander, mustard powder, cumin, chile de arbol and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Set aside.

  • Make the sauce: Whisk the dijon and whole-grain mustards, the honey and horseradish in a bowl; season with salt and pepper. Let the sauce sit at room temperature at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

  • Spread the spice rub on a plate. Dredge one side of each slice of beef in the rub and tap off the excess. Heat a few tablespoons canola oil in a large nonstick saute pan until it begins to shimmer. A few slices at a time, add the beef, rub-side down, and cook until a golden-brown crust has formed, about 2 minutes. Flip the slices and continue cooking another minute or two, adding more oil as needed. Serve with cabbage and the sauce.

  • Photograph by Ryan Liebe

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