A Mouthwatering Recipe: Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef

Are you ready for a St. Patrick’s Day feast that is both easy to make and incredibly flavorful? Look no further than this slow cooker Guinness corned beef recipe! Allow your taste buds to savor the fork-tender, flavorful corned beef that has been simmering in Guinness and a delightful medley of warm spices. Whether you choose to serve it with cabbage or pile it high on a sandwich, this easy-as-can-be corned beef is guaranteed to be a hit with everyone.

A plate of slow cooker Guinness corned beef with rye bread and mustard and two beers in the background.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

As an avid host, I never pass up an opportunity to celebrate, especially St. Paddy’s Day. This slow cooker Guinness corned beef has become a beloved staple at my annual celebrations. Its well-tested recipe guarantees a mouthwatering experience every time.

To create the most unbelievably delicious corned beef, we cook the meat low and slow with an array of spices that burst with flavor in every bite. Corned beef, a cured brisket, requires a gentle touch of low temperature and extended cooking time to achieve its melt-in-your-mouth tenderness. The best part? This recipe requires minimal preparation, making it a breeze to prepare and allowing you to impress everyone with your culinary prowess.

Looking for more St. Patrick’s Day dinner ideas? You might also enjoy my flavorful Guinness lamb stew or my smoked corned beef prepared using a different cooking method.


To assemble the slow cooker Guinness corned beef, gather the following ingredients:

  • Corned beef
  • Guinness
  • Coriander
  • Beef bouillon
  • Whole cloves
  • Mustard powder
  • Allspice
  • Bay leaves
  • Brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
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The ingredients on a brown wooden surface with black and white labels underneath the various items.

Choosing the Right Corned Beef Cut

When selecting corned beef at your local grocery store, you’ll typically find it in either flat-cut or point-cut brisket. Both cuts work well with this recipe, allowing you to choose based on your preferences.

Flat-cut corned beef is the leaner option, while point-cut brisket boasts more marbling for added richness. The point-cut corned beef tends to be more affordable, as the fat is not trimmed by the butcher. Personally, I love the succulent butteriness that a little fat adds to the beef. However, if you prefer leaner meat, the flat-cut corned beef is the way to go. Rest assured, both cuts produce incredibly tender results in the slow cooker.

A plate of slow cooker Guinness corned beef with a blue napkin and beer in the background.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Prepare yourself for the easiest recipe you’ve ever encountered. Seriously, it doesn’t get simpler than this.

To begin, remove the corned beef from its packaging and locate the included spice mix. While we’ll be adding our own spices, I find that using this packet adds an extra punch of flavor. In case you misplace the packet, don’t worry! You can find a recipe for making your own corned beef spices.

Now, combine the Guinness, beef bouillon, spices, seasoning packet, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce in the slow cooker. Stir everything together until well combined. Place the corned beef in the liquid and cook on low for eight hours.

The Guinness and seasonings in a slow cooker after they have been mixed together.

A slab of corned beef in the slow cooker before it cooks for eight hours.

Voila! With minimal effort, you now have an incredibly tender slab of corned beef ready to grace your St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Trust me, it’s as easy as enjoying a pint of Guinness.

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How to Serve

In the photos, you’ll notice that I shredded the corned beef. I’ve always preferred the texture of shredded brisket, and I bring that same approach to my corned beef. Additionally, shredded corned beef is much easier to serve and enjoy at parties. To shred the corned beef, simply use two forks to pull it apart in the slow cooker. Guests can then pile the delicious shredded meat onto bread, buns, or directly onto their plates for fuss-free eating that requires no knife. Shredded corned beef is also perfect for dishes like Irish nachos.

However, if you prefer slices of corned beef, feel free to serve it that way. Just remember to slice the meat against the grain to ensure optimal texture.

A plate of slow cooker corned beef with a wooden tray holding two Guinness pints.

Perfect Pairing

The ideal beer pairing for this mouthwatering corned beef recipe is undoubtedly Guinness. After the corned beef slowly cooks, it absorbs the aromatic flavors of the spices. The roasted malt notes of Guinness perfectly complement the warm cloves and other savory elements of the dish.

If you lean towards wine, I recommend pairing the corned beef with a delightful pinot noir. The earthy notes of the wine beautifully harmonize with the spicy cloves and mustard powder. The slight acidity of the pinot noir cuts through the richness of the meat, adding a refreshing balance.

If you’re in the mood for a festive St. Patrick’s Day cocktail, consider indulging in an Irish mule or an Irish whiskey smash. They provide equally delicious options for celebrating the occasion.

For a memorable St. Patrick’s Day celebration, give this slow cooker Guinness corned beef recipe a try. Its crowd-pleasing qualities and simplicity will make you the star of the feast.

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A close-up of the corned beef with mustard and a spoon on the side and rye bread in the background.

More St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

For additional inspiration, explore these festive St. Patrick’s Day ideas:

  • Fudgy stout brownies
  • Baileys ice cream
  • Irish whiskey chocolate cake
  • Baileys mousse
  • Herbed roasted potato salad

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