Slow Cooker Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

I think I may have become the wife of the year in Johns’ eyes with this Slow Cooker Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe! So easy to make the slow cooker does all the work! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the week! I do have to say that hopefully, I hold that title every day.

I can not count the number of times John told me this is his favorite recipe I have ever made. After each bite, he kept telling me how much he loved it. Even the next day eating leftovers he told me how much he loved the Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe! So easy to make the slow cooker does all the work! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the week!  John’s Mom was over for our Slow Cooker Saturday Lunch and said she loved it. Yes, we have a regular Slow Cooker Saturday lunch at our house. We invite John’s Mom over and they get to try whatever recipe I am making for the weekend in the Crock-Pot

Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe


Ingredients for Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

10 Baby red potatoes, quartered
1 onion, peeled cut into pieces
4 cups of water
4 pounds corned beef brisket with spice packet
6 ounces of beer (we used an IPA but you can use your favorite beer)
1/2 head of cabbage, coarsely chopped

How to make Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

1. Place onions and potatoes in the bottom of the Crock-Pot

2. Pour in water and place brisket on top
3. Pour beer over brisket, It is about a half a can so enjoy the 2nd half as you cook
4. Sprinkle brisket with spices set Crock Pot on high
5. Cook 8 hours on high, 1 hour before serving stir in cabbage pieces and recover crock pot

We have a ton of Crock Pot recipes on the blog.  This is one of our favorite recipes to make. Everyone loves this Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe. It is so easy to make and tastes amazing!

Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe not just for St. Patrick Day! This easy slow cooker recipe is one of our best recipes! Made with cabbage, beer, and potatoes you just can't go wrong!

We use either the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker, 6-Quart

or Crock-Pot 5-Quart Slow Cooker

for all of our crock pot recipes

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6. Crock Pot Gumbo

7. Crock Pot Spicy Barbecue Kielbasa

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10. Crock Pot Cajun Boiled Peanuts

You can find all of the recipes we have shared in our recipe section. We love making Crock Pot Recipes, Copy Cat Recipes, and so many more!

We hope you love this Corned Beef and Cabbage Crock Pot Recipe!

Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Ingredients
  • 10 Baby red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 onion, peeled cut into pieces
  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 pounds corned beef brisket with spice packet
  • 6 ounces of beer (we used an IPA but you can use your favorite beer)
  • ½ head of cabbage, coarsely chopped
Instructions
  1. Place onions and potatoes in the bottom of the Crock-Pot
  2. Pour in water and place brisket on top
  3. Pour beer over brisket, It is about a half a can so enjoy the 2nd half as you cook
  4. Sprinkle brisket with spices set Crock Pot on high
  5. Cook 8 hours on high, 1 hour before serving stir in cabbage pieces and recover crock pot
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I made this dinner tonight and it was absolutely fantastic! Everything was packed with soo much flavor, even the cabbage! My husband is a HUGE fan go corned beef and after eating this meal he told me that we should have that every day.

Danielle, That is so wonderful to hear! My Husband told me the same thing. He keeps looking at Corn beef at the store and telling me we could make it for dinner this week.

I was wondering if you meant to cook it for 8 hours on low, or if it really needs to be cooked on high for 8 hours.

Lisa, I was thinking the exact same thing. Ive never really seen a recipe that you need to cook it on high for that long.

I had the same question – I researched some other recipes and I *think* you should cook on LOW for 8 hours, not high.

Hi, We used a IPA for the Corned Beef. We went with Johns favorite beer so we would know he liked the flavor. I made a Guiness Corned Beef in the stove also.

DH’s birthday is the 18th, so he loves corned beef for his meal. Sometimes he tells me not to bother though because he’s the only one in the house that eats meat. This is so simple, I can surprise him and be free at dinner time to make some leek and potato soup and soda bread too! Thanks!

Hi, I was wondering how much a 4 lb. corned beef would feed?

We have 6 adults and one nearly 3 year old and will also be serving it with Irish Soda Bread and the carrots/potatoes as suggested above.

Thanks. 🙂

Hey Tammilee! I am kind of new to crock pot cooking and was wondering if I had 8 pounds of corned beef (went a little overboard at Costco…) could I just leave it in the crock pot for double the time? Love your site and thanks!

Hi, I would make sure 8 pounds will fit in your crock pot along with the potatoes. If you have 2 crock pots you may want to cut it in half and make it in each of them. when I made it the crock pot was full with the 4 pounds that I made.

I am making this for the first time tomorrow – am I missing something? Does the corned beef come with a spice pack?? If not what kind of spice pak am I supposed to get?

I was wondering if I cook it on high for 8 hours then add cabbage while it warms or do i cook it on high 7 hours add cabbage then continue to cook

Hi, I have a bit eating man in the house and we had enough for lunch for him and his Mom and leftovers for a few days.

I made this for St Patrick’s Day. Oh My God, fantastic. Best corned beef I have ever had. Definitely going to make this more than once a year.

This was a fabulous recipe. The best and easiest Corned Beef & Cabbage I have ever made. I did have to ad-lib a bit, my brisket didn’t come with the spice packet. I had Ground Cloves and Allspice in my pantry so I used that with some black pepper. I used about a tsp of each and the flavors were wonderful. My husband said it was the best Corned Beef he had ever had. I always ask when I try out a new recipe, is this a keeper or a throw away…this one is definitely a keeper!

Hi I don’t see any where to print these recipes how do you print them are are we allowed to print the ones we want?
Thanks
Wanda Carter

How do you deal with all the fat? Seems like your veggies would be full of grease. If you trim all the fat from the corned beef, you lose flavor and tenderness, but maybe being in the crock pot for 8 hours would make the beef tender?

Hi Carolyn, The beef becomes really tender. I pull it out after 8 hours and cut off all of the fat that I can on the meat.

Hello!

I am very excited to try this and maybe I am just a newbie – but what’s in the spice packet that you use? Does that come with the brisket? Or can you just use spices that are at home already? Also, I’ve never cooked with beer before, can you offer any specific suggestions?

Thanks!

Hi Sarah, The spice packet should come with the corned beef. Most of them will say on the packaging that the spice packet is included. Cooking with beer is super easy. just pour it in and you are done. Just like adding a regular liquid.

This looks so easy and delishious, but you would think that the corned beef would be too tender and maybe fall apart? Is this so?

… Or vice versa and become tough? And also do the potatoes come out too mushy? I’m really wanting to do this recipe just trying to plan ahead for tweaks I may need to make thank you!

HI Jackie, the corned beef is so tender but does not fall apart all over the place. We make this all the time. It is one of my Husbands favorite meals.

Your recipe looks great and I love the addition of the beer! I am questioning the slow cooker setting though…should it read cook on LOW for 8 hours instead of cook on HIGH for 8 hours? All the other recipes I have seen or use for big cuts of beef are to cook on low. I have tried cooking on high before with beef and it came out awful, so tough!

This recipe was amazing!! I made a double batch and brought it to work. Several of my co-workers have never even heard of it before. It was a huge hit! I have one question though. What’s the serving size for this recipe? I am tracking my calories on my fitness pal and needed to input that tidbit of info. (I know I’m going to have to hit the gym really hard today but it was sooo worth it.) Thanks so much!!!!!

This Turned Out Really Good. My Husband Loved It! It Was Very Simple To Make And My Husband Is Raving About It. Thanks So Much!

This looks fantastic! But one question…. For the cabbage, do you put it in the crockpot during the last hour of *cooking*? Or do you put it in there after the 8 hours have finished such that the crockpot is not *on* anymore. I wasn’t sure.

Thanks so much,
Jan

I put the cabbage in during the last hour of cooking. If you are going to have the corned beef sit on warm for a bit before serving I wouldn’t add the cabbage until the hour before you are going to serve the meal.

I saw on other recipes you could use water but it said the flavor won’t be the same. I also saw beef broth as a substitute.

Tweeked mine a little. Didn’t have potatoes so I used carrots and since my BF and I LOVE spicy. I added Serano chilies. It came out amazing! The meat was so tender and had just the right amount of kick. The only downside was we didn’t buy a big enough piece of meat! Oh well next time we will….

My son’s girlfriend’s grandma makes this dish every St. Patrick’s day and my son loves it. I have never made it before but this looks so good so I would like to give it a try. Could we substitute something else for the beer?

For those asking about the spice packet: In the US, at least where I am, corned beef that you buy at the supermarket comes with a spice packet. In other countries corned beef doesn’t come with this. The packet contains about 2-3 tablespoons of the spice mix but it doesn’t list what spices are included. The spice mix is similar to a pickling spice mix, such as this one from McCormick: http://www.amazon.com/McCormick-Pickling-Spice-1-5-Ounce-Unit/dp/B000B6FLM0. If you can’t get that where you are, you can look at the link for a picture with ingredients.

I made this today and it was really good. Yep, you really cook on high for 8 hours. Mine came out super tender but wasn’t disintegrating at all. The potatoes didn’t turn to mush but next time I’ll leave it a bit longer to add the cabbage as I prefer it a bit firmer.

I made this recipe using an IPA beer because I couldn’t purchase just a single bottle of Guinness. The author of this recipe said she just used an IPA beer too. The broth and vegetables tasted like VERY strong, bitter beer!!! It was terrible!! The corned beef tasted fine, though. The recipe was simple and while it was cooking in the crockpot, it smelled delicious!! Next time I will just use water and more pickling spices. Everything else about the recipe was fine and the vegetables cooked fine. It was done in about 5 hrs. I added whole carrots and everything would have tasted wonderful if I’d only left out the beer!! I don’t think Guinness would have tasted any better to me. Lesson learned!!