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St. Patrick’s Day tradition

If you go…

What: Knights of Columbus prepare corned beef dinner the traditional way

When: 5 p.m., March 17

Where: Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St. downtown Steamboat Springs.

Admission: by donation on half of the Knights’ charitable activities







— Steamboat Springs’ most traditional observation returns for its 58th year March 17 as the Knights of Columbus Council 4462 at Holy Name Parish pulls out it copper kettles and prepares to cook 240 pounds of corned beef the Joe Rossi Way.

The late Joe Rossi began the tradition of cooking corned beef and cabbage as slowly as possible almost 60 years ago and handed off the solemn responsibility to Bob Litzau and Bob Brown almost 30 years ago. The two men and their volunteer crew prepare more than a dozen briskets weighing 18 to 22 pounds each — enough to feed a crowd.

If you go…

What: Knights of Columbus prepare corned beef dinner the traditional way

When: 5 p.m., March 17

Where: Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak St. downtown Steamboat Springs.

Admission: by donation on half of the Knights’ charitable activities

Litzau and Brown drop the briskets in simmering water at 8:30 a.m. every St. Patrick’s Day and don’t remove them until 3 p.m. The reason they can simmer that long and avoid coming out with mush, Litzau said, is that the cooking is done in large copper pots that hold even heat all the way to the top of their rims. That allows the meat to cook at a lower burner temperature.

After the water is drained from the cooked briskets, the 100 pounds of potatoes and 100 pounds of cabbage are finished in the broth.

Litzau has attempted to prepare corned beef the Rossi Way at home, albeit without the same success.

“I’ve tried the exact same recipe at home, and it doesn’t work,” he said.

In memory of Rossi, the carving knife he used only on St. Patrick’s Day is brought every year to slice the corned beef.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email tross@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1


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