Corned Beef [Elk, really] with the Weston Meat Slicer

A fresh elk roast is brined in Weston Vacuum Sealer Bags with homemade pickling spice, slow cooked for 3 hours, then sliced with a Weston Meat Slicer to make the best elk dish you've ever had - Corned Elk. If elk isn't your thing, this is still a great recipe for corned beef.

5 lbs elk (or beef or venison, if you prefer)
2 cups water
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 oz Morton Tenderquick
1/4 cup brown sugar
12 bay leaves, crushed
4 whole garlic cloves, smashed
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon thyme
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon juniper berries
1/2 teaspoon allspice berries

Weston 10 Piece Game Processing Knife Set
Weston Vacuum Sealer + Vacuum Bags
Roma Stainless Steel Colander
Large pot
Weston Meat Slicer

Use the Weston Knife Set to remove all silverskin from your elk roast, fat is okay. Place the roast into a large Weston Vacuum Sealer bag. Mix together all remaining ingredients, then pour into the Vacuum Sealer Bag. Seal your bag by placing a folded paper towel into the bag, holding the bag below the sealer, pulsing the vacuum until the liquid gets close to the paper towel, then pressing seal. Be sure to keep all liquids out of the sealing chamber. Place in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. The longer you leave it in, the saltier it will taste.

After your elk meat is finished brining, thoroughly rinse the roast with cold water over a Roma Stainless Steel Colander for five minutes, to remove excess salt. Place the roast into a large pot, big enough to hold it, then cover it with water completely. Thoroughly rinse the ingredients left over in the colander (some smaller pieces will get through, but for the most part, you'll be left with a good mixture of seasonings without the salts). Drop these leftover seasonings into the pot with the elk.

Bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat to low and allow it to simmer, covered for three hours. After three hours, take the corned elk out, and set it on a plate to rest for 30 minutes. Using a Weston Meat Slicer, slice the elk as thick or thin as you like. 

Serve the Corned Elk just as you would Corned Beef. We served ours between two slices of Jewish Rye with sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, horseradish mustard, and swiss - with a homemade pickle on the side.

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