Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage

This Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage recipe is a classic dish that is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the year. The slow cooker makes the corned beef melt in your mouth tender. If you’re looking for an easy and delicious recipe, you’ve come to the right place.

Tray of corned beef and cabbage in front of slow cooker

What is Corned Beef and What Cut Should I Buy?

Corned beef is a salt-cured brisket that is different from plain brisket. It usually comes with a seasoning packet that includes bay leaves, peppercorns, mustard seeds, and dill seeds. These spices create a wonderfully flavored roast. There are two cuts of corned beef: flat cut and point cut. The flat cut is easier to slice evenly, while the point cut can have more marbling but is usually not uniform in size.

Recipe Ingredients

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Corned Beef (Flat cut or point cut, be sure to save the spice packet that comes with it!)
  • Onions
  • Potatoes (baby red and gold potatoes)
  • Carrots
  • Garlic cloves (not pictured)
  • Water (or beef broth)
  • Cabbage

Ingredients for corned beef and cabbage

Step-by-Step Directions

Here’s how to make Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage:

  1. Add the onions to the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Add the corned beef and seasoning packet.
  3. Add the carrots, potatoes, and garlic. You can peel the potatoes if you prefer. Add water or beef broth.
  4. You can add the cabbage now or during the last two hours of cooking for a more tender texture.
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Collage of steps on adding ingredients to slow cooker for corned beef and cabbage

  1. Cook on HIGH for five hours or LOW for eight hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.

What Other Kind of Liquid Can I Add?

While water is the classic liquid used in crockpot corned beef and cabbage, you can try these other options for something different:

  • Beer (such as Guinness)
  • Beef or chicken broth
  • Ginger ale
  • Add the brine from the packaging for more salty flavor.

Corned beef and cabbage on tray sliced

When Do I Add the Cabbage?

You can add the cabbage at any point depending on your preference. If you want it ultra-tender, add it at the beginning. If you want it crisp, add it during the last hour.

Sliced corned beef on plate with carrots and potatoes

Can I Make This Recipe Low Carb?

Corned beef is naturally low in carbs. If you want to make this recipe low carb, here are a few tips:

  • Use water instead of high-carb liquids like beer.
  • Omit the potatoes and use celery or cauliflower instead.

Two plates of corned beef and cabbage

Can I Add Brown Sugar to This Recipe?

If you want to add depth of flavor and cut back on the salty taste, sprinkle two tablespoons of brown sugar over your corned beef before cooking.

How Do I Serve Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage?

Here are a few serving suggestions:

  • Slice the meat against the grain.
  • Drizzle melted butter over the potatoes and sprinkle with parsley.
  • Serve with horseradish or stone-ground mustard.

Leftover Ideas

If you have any leftovers, here are some ideas to make the most of them:

  • Slow Cooker Reuben Sandwiches
  • Corned Beef Hash (by Dinner, Then Dessert)
  • Leftover Corned Beef Breakfast Sandwiches (by From Valerie’s Kitchen)
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Explore More Recipes

If you’re looking for more corned beef recipes and Irish-inspired dishes, check out these options:

  • Slow Cooker Reuben Dip
  • Slow Cooker Colcannon Potatoes
  • Slow Cooker Corned Beef Hash (from raw corned beef)
  • Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage
  • Slow Cooker Maple Mustard Corned Beef
  • Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Stew
  • Slow Cooker Irish Cream Hot Cocoa
  • Beer Bread (by Vintage Recipe Tin)

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