Crockpot Corned Beef With Cabbage and Beer

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Crockpot Corned Beef With Cabbage and Beer

The only time I give any thought to corned beef is around St. Patrick’s Day, and the next thought is where can I order it from? It’s just not something I’ve thought about making myself, because I eat it so rarely. That said, I was looking for something to feed a crowd and thought this could be something fun to try.

Once winter rolls around, the crockpot and I become best friends. There is something so nice about putting a bunch of items in the slow cooker, turning it on, leaving for the day and coming home to a wonderful home-cooked meal. I figured why couldn’t we do that with corned beef and from that thought comes Crockpot Corned Beef With Cabbage and Beer.

This recipe has the traditional base of carrots, onions and potatoes, although I went with baby red potatoes as I like their taste and color for a crockpot recipe. We twist it up a bit by rubbing the corned beef brisket with some dark brown sugar and, of course, we need to add some good Irish stout beer for additional flavor.

Prepping the Ingredients

This recipe calls for layers of ingredients. Start by peeling the carrots and cutting them into 2-inch pieces, using the 7" Santoku knife. Using the same knife, cut the onion into a large dice and quarter the baby red potatoes.

Santoku with prepped ingredients.

Using a 7-5/8" Petite Chef, cut out the core of the cabbage, slice the cabbage in half and rough chop one half of the cabbage. Save the other half to use in another recipe.

Rough chopping cabbage with a Petite Chef.

Putting Ingredients Into Crockpot

In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, layer the prepped carrots, onions and potatoes along the bottom. Rub the corned beef brisket with brown sugar so it’s lightly coated, place it on top of the vegetables (fat side up) and sprinkle with pickling spice.

Slowly pour a can of Guinness® over the vegetables (avoid pouring over the brisket so as not to remove the brown sugar and pickling spices) and place the sprigs of fresh thyme on the meat and vegetables. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for five to six hours (check the meat as each slow cooker is different). The meat is done when tender.

Uncover the crockpot and add the chopped cabbage, covering the brisket and vegetables. Cover again and cook for an additional 45 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender.

Remove the meat from the slow cooker, it should be tender, and using a 7-3/4" Petite Slicer and Turning Fork, slice the meat against the grain into thin slices.

Slicing the meat with a Petite Slicer.

To serve, put a few slices of corned beef brisket on a plate and scoop out the vegetables and cabbage to serve on the side. Spoon the cooking liquid from the slow cooker over the entire plate and serve with some prepared horseradish, if desired.

This Crockpot Corned Beef With Cabbage and Beer is everything I had hoped it would be and so easy, because the crockpot did most of the work. Give this recipe a try and you just may have corned beef more than one time a year.

Crockpot Corned Beef With Cabbage

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  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and large dice
  • 12 baby red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 4-pound corned beef brisket with pickling spice packet or 1 tablespoon pickling spice
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 14.9-ounce can of GuinnessĀ® stout
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 head cabbage, rough chopped
  • 3-4 tablespoons prepared horseradish, optional


  1. Layer the carrots, onion and potatoes on the bottom of a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Rub the corned beef brisket with brown sugar
  3. Place the meat, fat side up, on top of the vegetables and sprinkle with the spice packet.
  4. Pour the beer over the vegetables, carefully avoiding the brisket so the brown sugar is not washed off.
  5. Place the sprigs of fresh thyme on the meat and vegetables.
  6. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours (or cook on low for 10-12 hours) or until the corned beef is tender.
  7. Uncover the slow cooker and cover the brisket with the cabbage. Cover and cook on high for an additional 45 minutes until the cabbage is tender. If cooking on low, cook an additional 1 1/2 hour to 2 hours.
  8. Remove the corned beef brisket and cut the meat against the grain.
  9. Serve with the vegetables and spoon the cooking liquid over top.
  10. Serve with horseradish, if desired.

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