Corned beef is cured or pickled beef in a brine of salt grains. It refers to brined fresh brisket, round or silverside. The tinned variety is also commonly referred to as corned beef. The name refers to the salt grains that are used for curing the beef. Interesting variations of the brine in different regions makes corned beef a delicatessen food item. Widely consumed in the United States and Canada, corned beef is famous as the primary ingredient of the Corned Beef sandwich and Reuben Sandwich. Smoked, or precooked corned beef recipes make crave worthy breakfast and main course items.