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Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage

Large piece of corned beef partially sliced on a white platter with carrots and cabbage.

Why to they call it Corned Beef?

Corned Beef is a beef brisket that has been cured with salt. It has nothing to do with corn. Corning refers to the curing process and the large rock salt the size of corn kernels used in said process. Curing was an great way of preserving meat before the luxury of refrigeration.

We still enjoy many cured meat to this day. People of that era would certainly be shocked with all of our modern conveniences.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Place corned beef in a slow cooker fat side up.

Corned beef brisket fat side up in a slow cooker.

Peel onion and cut into fourths or eighths, and place on top of the corned beef. Add garlic cloves, peppercorns and bay leaves on top. Just barely cover with water (you can add a beer in place of some of the water if you wish).

Corned beef in a slow cooker, covered with water and with large chunks of onions, some bay leaves, garlic cloves and peppercorns on top.

Put the lid on the slow cooker, turn temperature to high and cook for 4-5 hours (or 8 hours on low).

Then add the carrots and cabbage and cook for another hour.

Corned beef, onions and carrots in a slow cooker.
Cabbage wedges have been added to the corned beef, onions and carrots in the slow cooker.

If you want the full traditional Irish Boiled Dinner, you could add potatoes at the same time as the carrots and cabbage, but I prefer to cook my potatoes separately to add another flavor to the plate.

A platter of slightly smashed, but still individual, dill seasoned potatoes. There's a nutcracker in the foreground who looks like a chef and is wearing a kilt for St. Patrick's Day.

If you’re not adding potatoes to the crockpot, You can try one of these options: Boil small potatoes, drain and then toss them in butter, salt, pepper and chopped fresh parsley or these Dill Smashed Potatoes are a great option and have become my hubby’s new favorite. Or, there’s always good ol’ Mashed Potatoes.

A platter with corned beef, cabbage and carrots. Another platter has small baby potatoes that are just flattened slightly and sprinkled with dill weed. There's a nutcracker who looks like a chef and wearing a kilt, in the background, next to a vase of red tulips.
Pepé is both showing off his new kilt and admiring our beautiful and perfectly slow cooked corned beef and cabbage dinner with these delicious dill smashed baby potatoes on the side.

To serve Corned Beef, cut across the grain. Optional: Serve with sour cream horseradish sauce or grainy mustard.

Another great meal that would fit with the Irish theme are these awesome Bangers and Mash with Fried Cabbage.

Bangers & Mash with Fried Reg Cabbage, sprinkled with parsley

Try this green cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day.

Green cocktail in a copper stemmed martini glass and garnished with mint leaves and chocolate drizzle. There's also silver a cocktail shaker, ice bucket.
A platter of corned beef, cabbage and carrots with a nutcracker who looks like a chef and is wearing a kilt in the foreground.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage

Stacey Mincoff
Corned Beef & Cabbage is a favorite American-Irish tradition to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
Course Dinner
Cuisine Irish
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 354 kcal

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 Corned Beef Brisket + seasoning packet 3.5 to 6 pounds. Any cut, but I prefer flat
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion cut into quarters or eighths
  • 3 Large Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 6 Medium Carrots
  • 1 Pound Savoy Cabbage (1 small or 3/4 large cabbage

Instructions
 

  • Place corned beef in a slow cooker fat side up.
  • Peel onion and cut into fourths or eighths, and place on top of the corned beef. Add garlic cloves, peppercorns and bay leaves on top. Just barely cover with water (you can add a beer in place of some of the water if you wish). Put the lid on the slow cooker, turn temperature to high and cook for 4-5 hours (or 8 hours on low).
  • Then add the carrots and cabbage and cook for another hour.
  • You could add potatoes at the same time as the carrots and cabbage, but I prefer to cook my potatoes separately to add another flavor to the plate. You can boil small potatoes, drain and then toss them in butter, salt, pepper and chopped fresh parsley or these Dill Smashed Potatoes have become my hubby’s new favorite.
  • To serve, cut across the grain.

Nutrition

Calories: 354kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 24gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 1890mgPotassium: 857mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 10953IUVitamin C: 69mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Corned Beef and Cabbage, Slow Cooker, St. Patrick’s Day
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