Baked Dijon-Brown Sugar Corned Beef

Baked Dijon-Brown Sugar Corned Beef

I wanted to try a new twist on an old favorite way of baking corned beef. Wanting to keep it really simple, I coated the entire beef with a thick coating of Dijon mustard then added a layer of brown sugar to the top. I baked it in two layers of foil for three hours and it turned out moist, flavorful, and delicious. This baked dijon-brown sugar corned beef was served with an Irish root salad and some Colcannon for a delicious meal that my entire family enjoyed.

Baked Dijon-Brown Sugar Corned Beef

How to Make Baked Dijon-Brown Sugar Corned Beef

I learned from various websites that corned beef can be very salty, especially when baked. To remedy this, simply place the corned beef in a large pot of water and boil over high heat for one minute.  Drain the water and pat the corned beef dry.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Layer a large piece of tin foil in a baking sheet then place the corned beef fat side up on top of the foil.

Brush a thick coating of Dijon mustard over the entire piece of beef. Place fat side up on a large piece of tin foil. Next, sprinkle the brown sugar on top evenly.

Baked Dijon-Brown Sugar Corned Beef

Wrap the corned beef with foil so that space is left in between the top of the corned beef and the tin foil. Wrap in a second piece of foil. Place into the oven and bake for 3 hours.

Open the foil and broil the corned beef for 2-3 minutes, until the top is bubbly and lightly browned.  Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn.  Let the corned beef rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing across the grain of the meat.  Serve with the reserved extra Dijon mustard on the side if desired.  Enjoy!

Baked Dijon-Brown Sugar Corned Beef

Baked Dijon-Brown Sugar Corned Beef

Baked Dijon-Brown Sugar Corned Beef

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main
Servings: 8
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking

Ingredients

  • 3 lb corned beef rinsed & seasoning packet discarded
  • ½ cup Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Layer a large piece of tin foil in a baking sheet then place the corned beef fat side up on top of the foil.
  • Brush a thick coating of Dijon mustard over the entire piece of beef. Place fat side up on a large piece of tin foil.
  • Next, sprinkle the brown sugar on top evenly.
  • Wrap the corned beef with foil so that space is left in between the top of the corned beef and the tin foil.
  • Wrap in a second piece of foil. Place into the oven and bake for 3 hours.
  • Open the foil and broil the corned beef for 2-3 minutes, until the top is bubbly and lightly browned.
  • Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn.
  • Let the corned beef rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing across the grain of the meat.
  • Serve with the reserved extra Dijon mustard on the side if desired. Enjoy!
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33 Comments

    1. I agree, good recipe. Did this for a friend in Feb. I did the water bath two times to release more salt then baked at 350. On again for this St. P. day. Yummmy!

  1. I made this according to the directions with the correct oven temperature. At 3 hours I took the corned beef out of the oven and it dropped like a brick on the counter top. The entire bottom was extremely burnt and inedible. I was able to salvage some of the meat by shredding it off the burnt part, but probably only about 1/3 of the entire piece. I’ll go back to my slow cooker recipe where it comes out so tender and tasty too! I was excited to try this recipe with the mustard and brown sugar, but certainly was disappointed with the results.

    1. Cg,

      I’m so glad this recipe has become a tradition in your family! Thank you for taking the time to let me know.

      -Pam

  2. 5 stars
    Made this last night and added 1 tablespoon of chile powder and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne. Laid whole peeled carrots in with the meat. It was excellent and the carrots were the best part. If you haven’t made it yet add a ton of carrots. I only put four and I am kicking myself.

  3. 5 stars
    This is the best recipe I have ever tried for a corned beef, the sweet off sets the salty . Also one of the best things about cooking corned beef is the leftovers and with this recipe makes that experience delicious and delightful! My new go to recipe for cooking corned beef!

    1. Pam,

      I’m sure it would work fine and turn out tender but you won’t achieve the crust on top. Let me know how it turns out.

      -Pam

  4. 5 stars
    Made this last night and my husband was raving about it. It came out tender with a nice kick from the mustard and not too sweet.

  5. 5 stars
    This is the only recipe I use now. Moist and tender as butter. I did cook mine at 325 degrees instead of 375 which is pretty hot to do something for 3 hrs. Succulent dinner, set it and forget it too! Win win.

  6. I am making this for the 4th time tonight. We love it, so much flavor, I did use ground grey poupon mustard last time and it gave it and extra kick. Loved it. Thank you for the receipt Pam

    1. Michelle,

      Yay!!! I’m so glad you love it. I’ll have to try it with grey poupon mustard. Thanks for letting me know.

      -Pam

  7. 5 stars
    I made this recipe and used monk fruit in the mustard and a tbsp of blackstrap molasses. My uncle us a diabetic. I spread this glaze on the brisket and cooked as advised. Sooo goood.

  8. My name is chris a chief at the retreat in Beaufort s.c . it saint Patrick day 2 morrow and i honestly dont like corn beef. And i have 2 do a saint Patrick’s day meal. P.s did i say i am African American. I have a back ground in bbq. So i understand the protein. Did not know what 2 do and i came across your recipe and am preparing this 2morrow wish me luck no turning back. 45 residents to feed oh bye the way did i forget to say its a assistance living. Pray for me. I will let you know how my career goes lol. Nope my job is like comedy cheers or straight up egg on your face. Ive. Used this similar recipe but with pork loin. It’s called maple mustard pork loin. Just the pickling in corn beef not sure of wish me luck. Ill let you know how it turns out with picture

  9. 5 stars
    This is a family fave now! My mom talks about it all year. I have tried a few different kinds of dijan, but have found that the smooth store brand is the best! I do a bit less on the brown sugar as well. But so good! I love this recipe! Thank you so much for posting it!

    1. Debra,

      I’m so happy to hear this. Thanks for taking the time to let me know. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

      -Pam

  10. I had a corned beef dish years ago that used brown sugar and was oven baked so I’m trying it out. I’ve de used to cook it longer and slower. I always cook a brisket for five or six hours at a lower temp so I’m going to try 250. I’ll keep you posted. Wish I had added the carrots like someone suggested but too late!

  11. 5 stars
    I did this yesterday. It was delicious. I added whole carrots as I saw one reviewer suggest. I put the carrots in at the halfway point but would recommend even less time because they were too soft for my liking. Corned beef was perfect. Thank you for this recipe!

    1. Jeannine,

      Thanks for taking the time to let me know. I’m so glad you enjoyed the corned beef. Adding the carrots is a great idea!

      -Pam

  12. Made this last night, total winner!!! I added carrots and potatoes about two thirds of the way through. The juice from the beef marinated the veggies and it was delish!!!

    1. LInda,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Adding carrots and potatoes is a terrific idea! Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

      -Pam

  13. I made this with a 10-lb brisket my husband received from a customer and it was amazing! He brought another one home and I can’t remember how long I cooked it. Help!

    1. Kelly,

      I have never baked a 10-lb brisket before so I’m not exactly sure how long you should cook it, but I assume it would take at least 4-5 hours. I’m sorry I’m not much help but I’ve never cooked that much meat before! Please let me know how it turns out.

      -Pam