I smoke mine in my offset smoker! Pastrami! If I cook it in the crockpot, I rinse it quite well before putting it, some water, some Guiness stout, the spices and let ‘er cook. Then add cabbage for awhile, then some potatoes and carrots.
Brought this up in another thread, but I’m going to be making my first smoked corned beef. What wood do you use?
I use Applewood for everything. I like a milder smoke flavor. Woods like Hickory and Mesquite produce a harsher smoke than what I like. Just depends what you like.