Should I have rinsed the corned beef brisket?
Our family has a small organic, grass-fed, beef cattle operation. A couple of times a year, we'll have one butchered for ourselves when the steers go to auction. We asked the butcher shop that "processes" our cows to include some corned beef roasts this last time around. I pulled one out, defrosted it, and when I opened the vac-pac, just dumped everything in the bag, along with a bottle of Amstel Light and a cut-up onion into the slow cooker. Should I have dumped out the corning spices and/or rinsed the brisket? There was not a lot of brining liquid, but what seemed (after the fact) to be an overabundance of corning spices in the liquid when I pulled out the roast. The veggies I added toward the end of cooking time sure soaked up a lot of the corned beef flavor... I love salty food, but I would say they were a little too "corned." Advice?
PS: The beef tastes great, albeit chewy, but we expect this.