Some years ago, I made my own corned beef. Once. It was good but, trust me, it is a whole bunch easier to just go out and buy it. It was, however, a learning experience that worked. So if you like learning experiences, go for it.
I like corned beef but, as Ole says, it's a lot of work. I prefer to let someone else do it! Used to get it from a real-deal Jewish deli down the road. Everything Saul made was to die for - made his own sauerkraut and pickles, too. Saul retired and nobody was interested in following in his footsteps.
We have Deli, called Izzy's, in our area that has the best Rubens. It was started at turn of century by Russian Jewish couple. They had left Russia , went first to New York and came to Cincinnati. They make a delicious potato pancake and pickles too.
This is beef bacon, which comes from smoking of the corned beef brisket when removed from the brine solution and cutting the brisket into strips, just like pork bacon.. Pastrami is a further derivative of this process.