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Why brine poultry and pork but not beef?

just_M Dec 23, 2010 10:18 PM

Does anyone brine beef? If so, how and with what results? If not, why not? There may be recipes out there, but I haven't seen them. With such great results brining poultry and pork its got me looking at my rib roast and wondering what could be. Any suggestions?

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  1. babette feasts RE: just_M Dec 24, 2010 04:25 PM

    Corned beef is brined brisket.

    1. bagelman01 RE: just_M Dec 24, 2010 04:59 PM

      Pickled Beef Tongue is my favorite deli meat.

      Similarly I roll and tie a shoulder roast, pickle and roast. I like it served hot, thick slices with cabbage and boiled potatoes, or cold sliced extremely thin on a slicing machine and used for deli sandwiches on seeded rye or hard rolls. Until about 30 years ago, this was called rolled beef and was available in almost all kosher delis, but has disappeared, so I brine/pickle my own.

      1. linguafood RE: just_M Dec 24, 2010 05:30 PM

        Sauerbraten. Traditionally made with not so tender horse meat, it is now made with tougher cuts of beef.

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          just_M RE: just_M Dec 24, 2010 11:34 PM

          Strangely these are some of my favorite deli meats but that wasn't what I was/am thinking. I'm thinking roast. We brine and roast turkeys, chickens and pork shoulders/chops then have them for dinner but I've never seen the same with beef. I currently have a rib roast that I'm going to play with but I was really contemplating a tougher cut like a cross rib roast or a top or bottom round roast. Thanks all for your replies. I guess its time to do some experimenting :-)

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            linguafood RE: just_M Dec 25, 2010 07:34 AM

            The sauerbraten is a pickled/marinated beef roast. Not what you're looking for, eh?

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            Maximilien RE: just_M Dec 25, 2010 07:52 AM

            Brining will draw out the blood out of the meat; using the technique on red meat could result in weird things.


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              labtech RE: Maximilien Dec 25, 2010 07:15 PM

              Kosher beef is rubbed with salt or soaked in brine. Weird things do not results.

            2. thew RE: just_M Dec 25, 2010 09:07 AM

              modern pork and poultry do not have a lot of fat marbled through the met, so they dry out when cooking. thus the brining. beef has fat, stays moist. no need to brine.

              that said, as many have pointed put already, there are some very well known brined beef dishes

              1. mamachef RE: just_M Dec 25, 2010 12:27 PM

                I make a seasoned spiced beef that isn't brined but given a dry rub with sugar for 10 days, then pressed and weighted down to cook. It sliced paper thin and is the best New Year's dish I can think of, with a variety of mustard and rolls and German potato salad and cucumber salad.

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                  Will Owen RE: mamachef Dec 25, 2010 02:26 PM

                  A major holiday favorite in the Mid-South is Spiced Round; the meat companies find this a real PITA to do, because the process does not lend itself to industrial methods, but there is quite an intense demand around the end of the year and they don't dare NOT make it. The taste reminds me very much of pastrami; the meat is pressed to give a fine grain, and shot through with big square lardings of pork fat. I think consumed as above I might enjoy it, but as an offering on a typical Nashville holiday buffet I never found it compelling.

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                  Isolda RE: just_M Dec 25, 2010 04:14 PM

                  It's too late for your Christmas dinner, but I just dry brined a beef tenderloin and it was the most fabulous meat ever. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                  I will be dreaming for years about this fabulous, tender, rare piece of beef. (And I tend to prefer vegetarian meals, so that says something!)

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                    grnidkjun RE: Isolda Jan 8, 2011 08:25 PM

                    Now that does look like a wonderful dish.. I did a pork tenderloin for our Christmas dinner, but I'm saving this recipe to try.

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                      Naushin RE: Isolda Dec 8, 2012 11:08 AM

                      Isolda, Please help! I'm following the same recipe but my butcher gave me two 2.5lb beef tenderloin pieces, instead of one 5lb piece. I put one teaspoon of kosher salt on each (according to the recipe) and I put it in the fridge last night around 10:30. At this point, the salt has been absorbed into the meat because there are white salt "stains" on the surface but there are maybe two drops of blood on the tray, no water. Can I add more salt? Is this how yours was too? Should I add more kosher salt and cover the beef entirely? Someone said because my beef is pretty lean, that's why the brining isn't working as it should. Panicking! I'm hosting a huge dinner party tomorrow and this is one of the mains! Argggh!

                    2. ipsedixit RE: just_M Dec 25, 2010 08:00 PM

                      If by "beef" you mean things like steaks such as sirloins, porterhouses, strips, etc. then it's probably because those particular cuts of beef do not lack the intramuscular fat that things like chicken, turkey and (some cuts of) pork typically do.

                      1. paulj RE: just_M Jan 8, 2011 04:39 PM

                        Heard on ATK today:
                        - we don't brine beef because it does not need the added water; it becomes mushy.

                        However salting the beef before cooking does good things. Enough water is drawn out of the meat to dissolve the salt, which then enters the meat (by osmosis) and helps tenderize and flavor the proteins.

                        With sauerbraten we use a marinade, not a brine (i.e. it is vinegar and spices, not salt water).

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