Corned Beef Brisket with Bourbon & Molasses Glaze

By Andrew Zimmern

What’s a St. Paddy’s Day celebration without corned beef brisket? This recipe is one of my favorites, the sticky bourbon-molasses glaze gives the meat an irresistible touch of sweetness that balances out the brine. Once the beef is in the oven, bring remaining beef poaching liquid to boil, and simmer veggies like cabbage, potatoes, and carrots, for an easy side dish.


Corned Beef
1 corned brisket of beef, about four pounds
2 bay leaves
8 peppercorns
2 allspice berries
1 small cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon mustard seed
Beef (or chicken) stock to cover

1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup bourbon

Servings: 4 to 6
Total Time: about 4 hours 30 minutes

Wash the brisket of the brine with cold water.

Place in large kettle with the spices and cover with the stock.

Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for an hour per pound or until fork tender in the middle. (If the corned beef brisket is not homemade and is pre cooked this step may only take one hour.)

To make the glaze, mix molasses, sugar, bourbon and mustard in a bowl and let rest for 45 minutes.

Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the brisket on a rack in a large roasting pan with 2 cups of the cooking liquid. Cover with enough glaze to coat.

Roast the beef, basting the beef with the glaze for 20 to 25 minutes.

Serve on a large platter with an assortment of vegetables.

Photograph by Madeleine Hill.

Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.