Hot Salt Beef

Hot Salt Beef



  • 2 kg piece Scotch Beef PGI silverside, unrolled

  • Basic Brine Cure (

  • 1 tbsp juniper berries

  • 1 tbsp mustard seed

  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds

  • I tbsp black peppercorns


  • 1 stick celery

  • 1 large carrot, halved

  • 1 leek,split halfway through

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 10 baby beetroots to add towards end of cooking

Cooking Method

To make this hot salt beef recipe, you will first have to make the cure from the basic brine cure recipe   and add the additional flavourings before first boil.

Stab the beef all over with a thick needle or skinny bladed knife so that the brine and flavourings can permeate more easily. Chill the meat, submerged in the cold curing liquid, cure for at least 5 or 6 days, turning in the liquid at least once a day.

Lift the silverside from the brine,rest the meat in the fridge for a day if you can, to let the salts permeate more evenly, keeping the joint more moist. Next day rinse it under cold running water then roll it up and tie securely with butchers string unless it’s a nice shape as it is. Place it in a deep pan with the vegetables for cooking, cover with cold water, bring to a simmer then cover the pan with a lid and simmer gently for 2 to 3 hours, add the baby beetroots for the last 30-40 minutes of cooking time, until the beef is very tender.

Take out the beetroots with a slotted spoon and pinch off the skins when cool enough to handle.

Remove the pan from the heat and set aside for at least 20 minutes while you assemble the rye bread, butter, pickles and beetroot.

Lift the salt beef from the cooking liquid and slice generously thick. Pile onto a plate to serve while still hot, with the rye bread, butter, beetroot and pickles, and let people help themselves.

The salt beef will keep for up to a week in the fridge.

Cooks tip

Strain the cooking liquid though a sieve, discard the mushy vegetables and use the stock for soup.

Serving suggestions

Slices of rye bread and a selection of mustard, dill pickles, pickled red cabbage and pickled silverskin onions

Where can I buy Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork?

Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork are available at most supermarkets, usually at the butcher counter. Just ask the counter staff if you’re not sure.

You can also buy Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork at independent butchers.

Find your nearest at our sister site below.

Scotch Butchers Club

If you’re not in the mood for cooking, Scotch Beef PGI is also served at many quality restaurants. Find one near you at our sister site below.

Scotch Beef Club

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