Dutch Oven Crunchy Corned Beef


I found this recipe attached to a 6-pack of beer on St. Patrick's Day in 1995. I've been serving it as a holiday tradition since. Even self-proclaimed corned beef haters love this corned beef. A typical comment is, "could be the best corned beef I've ever eaten."

close up view of a sliced Dutch Oven Crunchy Corned Beef on a cutting board
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
12 servings


  • 1 (4 pound) corned beef brisket with spice packet

  • 4 cups water to cover

  • 2 (12 fluid ounce) cans amber ale

  • 1 large onion, quartered

  • 4 red chiles

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 12 peppercorns

  • 4 bay leaves

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt

  • ¼ teaspoon caraway seeds


  1. Place corned beef brisket and spice packet in a large Dutch oven with water to cover. Add ale, onion, chiles, garlic, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 4 to 5 hours.

  2. Combine brown sugar, cloves, ginger, mustard, celery salt, and caraway seeds in a small bowl. Remove corned beef from the cooking liquid and discard aromatics. Rub brown sugar mixture onto the cooked corned beef while still hot.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

  4. Place the coated corned beef on the hot grill and cook until the coating is crunchy, 5 to 10 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If there is a meat cap over the fat (as is usually the case with the point cut), I trim off that point and rub and grill it separately. I also trim off the fat after I cook the corned beef and before I apply the rub.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of ale, onion, and seasonings. The actual amount consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

251 Calories
13g Fat
16g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 251
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 806mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 38mg 190%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 229mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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