Juicy and Flavorful Crockpot Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage

St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s, or any day you’re in the mood, this recipe for Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage is both easy and mouthwatering! If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing dish that requires minimal effort, look no further. Let’s dive into this tantalizing recipe that will have your taste buds dancing.

A Game-Changing Approach to Corned Beef and Cabbage

Have you ever heard someone lamenting about the hardships of boiling corned beef on the stove? It stuck with me, and for good reason. Why go through the hassle when you can use your slow cooker? Yes, that’s right! Your trusty slow cooker will make this dish a breeze.

Exploring the Cuts of Corned Beef

Before we jump into the ingredients, let’s address one of the most confusing aspects of making corned beef. There are two cuts available, and both work perfectly in this recipe.

The Flat Cut, depicted in this recipe, is leaner and makes for a more visually appealing presentation. It slices beautifully and has a tender texture. However, it’s important to note that the Flat Cut is slightly more expensive.

On the other hand, the Point Cut boasts more fat, which contributes to its juiciness and flavor. Don’t let the fat scare you; it can easily be removed after cooking. The Point Cut is the more budget-friendly option, although it may not slice as neatly as the Flat Cut.

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Personally, I prefer the melt-in-your-mouth tenderness of the Point Cut. The choice ultimately depends on whether you prioritize presentation or flavor. Now, let’s move on to the star of the show: the ingredients.

Unveiling the Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to create this delectable dish:

  • Carrots: Peeled and cut into 2-3 inch sections. Regular carrots work best as baby carrots may turn mushy.

  • Baby Red Potatoes: These can be substituted with larger red potatoes, halved or quartered for even cooking.

  • Green Cabbage: You’ll only need half of a cabbage for this recipe.

  • Corned Beef: Opt for either the Flat Cut or the Point Cut, along with the included spice packet. A 3-4 pound corned beef works well in a standard-sized slow cooker.

  • Guinness Beer: Extra Stout is the recommended choice, but any variety of Guinness will do.

  • Water: Add enough water to submerge the corned beef.

  • Old-Style/Whole Grain Mustard: This is optional but highly recommended for serving, unless you prefer enjoying it plain.

For a complete list of ingredients, refer to the bottom of the page.

The Cooking Process Unraveled

Preparing this recipe is a breeze. Since corned beef is already brined brisket when purchased, it’s ready to cook without any additional steps.

  1. Place the corned beef in the slow cooker. Arrange the carrots and potatoes around the sides.

  2. Pour in the Guinness beer and water. Sprinkle the spice packet provided with the corned beef over the top.

  3. Cover and cook for 4-5 hours, or start it 2 hours before you plan to eat. Then, add the sliced cabbage on top of the corned beef and vegetables.

  4. Cover and cook for an additional 2 hours.

  5. Once the corned beef reaches an internal temperature of 165º F, it’s ready. Slice or shred the beef for serving, ideally accompanied by the vegetables and a dollop of old-style/whole grain mustard.

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Tips, Tricks, and Questions?

Here are a few tips and tricks to make your cooking experience even smoother:

  • If the red potatoes seem large, halve them before adding to the slow cooker to ensure thorough cooking.

  • Keep an eye on the beef in the final hours to prevent it from becoming tough and chewy. Cooking on low heat for an extended period ensures tender results.

If you enjoy Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef & Cabbage, you might also love these other slow cooker meals:

  • Easy Crockpot Carnitas
  • Slow Cooker Gumbo
  • Easy Crockpot Beef Pho
  • Easy Crockpot Ham with Pineapples

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Now it’s time to grab your apron and embark on a mouthwatering journey with this delightful Crockpot Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe. Enjoy the succulent flavors and share this secret recipe with your loved ones. And for more delicious BBQ options, check out Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. Happy cooking!