Had the family over for St. Patrick's Day dinner, cooked brisket 2 ways (corned and oven roasted). I was planning on feeding nine but my son in law was working so we had eight adults at the table. Menu was corned beef, oven roasted brisket, cabbage, roasted potatoes, slaw with a mustard vinegar dressing and various some breads, which I baked on Sat. This year I bought a 9lb "barrel cured" corned beef from Fairway Market in North Jersey and an 8lb untrimmed brisket from Costco, both pieces costing $3.99lb.
After rinsing, corned beef went into large pot at noon, brought to a boil, then simmered covered till 3:30. Oven brisket was studded with slivered garlic, rubbed with gravy master and spices and roasted in a 350 degree oven until 3:30. Oven roasted brisket is always a success, but the barrel cured corned beef was exceptional, not at all salty, real tasty and definitely worth the extra cost.