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Irish Christmas Spiced Beef

Spiced beef has been a staple food in Ireland for over 300 years and it is an absolute must during the holiday season. Traditionally served cold with brown soda bread, fruit chutney and a proper pint of stout, this dish literally screams Irish Christmas. Be warned that it is a little labor intensive, so give your self some time, but give it a go and ENJOY!


  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon juniper berries
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 4-6 pounds beef eye of round
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 10 cups cold water
  • 16 oz. dark beer


In a spice grinder, grind together the peppercorns, juniper berries, allspice, grated nutmeg, and cloves.

Combine the ground spice mix with the salt and pepper; mix until well incorporated.

Rub the mixture into the meat, on all sides, and place in a covered glass container.

Place the container into the refrigerator for one week, turning the meat daily to ensure it remains well coated on all sides.

After one week, remove the meat from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature.

In a Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil and cook the onions and carrots for five minutes.

Place the room temperature meat on top of the cooked vegetables and cover with cold water.

Bring the water to a boil and then reduce to a simmer; cover and let cook for three hours.

After three hours, add the beer and let the liquid return to a simmer; cover and let the meat cook for one more hour.

Turn off the heat and let the meat cool to room temperature in the cooking liquid.

Remove the room temperature meat from the liquid and refrigerate overnight.

The meat is ready to be sliced cold and served.

ENJOY your hard work!

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