2 teaspoons whole juniper berries, plus 1/3 cup crushed juniper
6 cups water
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup kosher salt
1 beef brisket (about 4 to 5 pounds)
2/3 cup coarsely ground black pepper
In a small mixing bowl, combine the peppercorns, thyme, bay leaves, cloves,
garlic and whole juniper berries.
In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine the water, brown sugar and salt.
Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar and salt. Remove from heat and
add dry spice mixture and steep for 1 hour.
Place the brisket in a glass or plastic container. Pour the seasoned brine
to cover the brisket completely. Cover and refrigerate for 3 weeks, turning
the brisket every couple of days.
Heat the smoker.
Combine the crushed juniper berries and ground black pepper in a small bowl.
Using the palm and heel of your hand, press two thirds of the berries and pepper
mixture into the brisket. Press the remaining mixture into the other side. Place
the brisket in a smoker and smoke for about 4 hours.
Remove from the smoker and cool for 30 minutes.
Place the brisket in a large Dutch oven, cover with water and place over
medium heat. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 2 hours.