I quite often will brine poultry and sometimes pork but I have never (or ever heard of anyone) brining beef? Does anyone know why it doesn't seem to be as popular with beef or has anyone tried it? If so, how are the results?
People often marinate beef cuts like flank steak or skirt steak.
Dry brining (pre-salting) beef is pretty common, such as for prepping many steaks.
Wet brining is also pretty common -- corned beef is brined. Beef tongue is often pickled and brined as well.
Yes. To make pastrami or corned beef, one must brine the meat for about a week. Corning, brining, and pickling are all variants of the same process - curing meat in a sugar- and/or salt-water solution, regardless of whether it is in fact kosher. For pastrami, and maybe corned beef, you add nitrates to the solution.
I made Pastrami once. The total process took almost a month and my 8-pound brisket yielded about 3 or 4 pounds of edible meat. Even though most people I served it to thought it was delicious, I will never make it again. I now know that the $20 sandwich served at Katz' in NYC or Langers in LA is a bargain.
In a manner of speaking, kashering is a form of brining, albeit one meant to remove blood from the meat, rather than to flavour it. Despite the specialisation of the link, kashering is done for all kosher meat, including (especially) beef and sheep.