Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Never made corned beef and cabbage?

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Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage- FamilyFreshMeals.com

 

Why do I only cook corned beef and cabbage once a year for St. Patrick’s Day?

 

It is just so darn good and a cinch in the slow cooker.  I need to remind myself to make this more often.

 

Most corned beef brisket will come with a seasoning pack, but I much prefer my homemade corned beef seasoning packet recipe!  I love flavor and this recipe delivers just that. 

 

Ingredients (in order of use)Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage

5-6 garlic cloves, crushed

1 small onion, cut into wedges

3 cups of water

2 TBSP sugar

2 TBSP vinegar

8 oz beer

4 lbs corned beef brisket

1 (1 lb) bag of baby carrots

1 lb small red potatoes, quartered

1 head of green cabbage, cut into wedges

—-seasoning packet ingredients—–

{leave this out if you are using the packet that comes with the meat.}

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

2 bay leaves, crushed

8 Allspice berries

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

 

1-4 steps Crockpot Corned Beef

1. First place onion wedges and garlic at the bottom of your crockpot. This is going to act as a stand for your meat, so it doesn’t touch the bottom and dry out. Place beef on top of onions and garlic.

 

2. Next, mix together water, beer, sugar and vinegar. 

 

3. Pour over beef and then sprinkle seasoning packet over meat.  If you are using my homemade corned beef seasoning recipe, simply mix together the mustard seeds, bay leaves, allspice berries, salt and pepper and sprinkle on top of beef. 

 

4. Set crockpot, cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.

 

Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage

5. After 4 hours of cooking, add in potatoes and carrots.

 

Cover and continue cooking

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage

6. When 1 hour remains, add cabbage to the crockpot. Cover and continue cooking for the remainder of the time. 

 

After 8 hours, you will have an unforgettable dinner!

 

Hope you enjoy this Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe as much as I did!

XO Corey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4.6 from 5 reviews

Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 small onion, cut into wedges
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 2 TBSP vinegar
  • 8 oz beer
  • 4 lbs corned beef brisket
  • 1 (1 lb) bag of baby carrots
  • 1 lb small red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 head of green cabbage, cut into wedges
  • —-seasoning packet ingredients—–
  • {leave this out if you are using the packet that comes with the meat.}
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 bay leaves, crushed
  • 8 Allspice berries
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. First place onion wedges and garlic at the bottom of your crockpot. This is going to act as a stand for your meat, so it doesn’t touch the bottom and dry out. Place beef on top of onions and garlic.
  2. Next, mix together water, beer, sugar and vinegar.
  3. Pour over beef and they sprinkle seasoning packet over meat. If you are using my homemade corned beef seasoning packet, simply mix together the mustard seeds, bay leaves, allspice berries, salt and pepper and sprinkle on top of beef.
  4. Set crockpot, cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  5. After 4 hours of cooking, add in potatoes and carrots.Cover and continue cooking
  6. When 1 hour remains, add cabbage to the crockpot. Cover and continue cooking for the remainder of the time.

 

 

Here is the slow cooker I used to make this yummy meal!

 

Comments

  1. Yum! I grew up on this stuff but haven’t made it in ages :)

  2. What kind of beer do you use for this?

    • Rachel, you can use whatever you have on hand. I used a pale ale. But I really think any beer would be great! Hope that helps. XO

  3. Is the corn beef tender this way? I’ve always made this on the stove top….and the meat is a little tough? Thoughts?

  4. Jennifer G says:

    This is very similiar ingredient wise to the recipe I have been making for years but since I don’t cook with any alcohol due to health reasons I have used apple juice for the liquid. I also cook it for ten hours rather then just eight and it comes out perfectly tender everytime. I always wondered what was in that packet and appreciate being able to make my own! Hopefully my apple juice idea will help anyone who needs an alternative for such a wonderful dish, it gives it a great flavor! Keep up the great work!!

    • Thank you so much for the tip Jennifer! I am sure there are a lot of people who will find that really helpful :) XO

    • Audra N. says:

      I will be sure to try the apple juice then since I can’t have the beer either due to my gluten free diet. Thanks for the suggestion! Looking forward to trying this recipe!

    • Oooh, thanks for the apple juice tip. We don’t typically keep beer on hand (though I’ll buy it from time to time to make beer bread), so I was hoping someone would make a substitute suggestion!

    • Thanks so much for the tip on the apple juice! I can’t use beer due to allergy issues, but apple juice should do the trick!

  5. Emily E. says:

    How many people will this recipe serve? I am feeding about ten people this weekend, any thoughts?

  6. Yum! I made this tonight and it was great! I just used the seasoning that came with the corned beef but I did everything else according to the recipe. My crock pot was a little too small to fit all the veggies though :-( but still a great meal!!

    • I am so glad you loved it Anna! XO

    • I followed the recipe, but the potatoes and carrots were too firm, wondering if maybe should have put on high instead of low….at least for half the time or maybe put them in earlier. I used Red Elf Ale, white vinegar, and made the seasoning mix but added some red pepper flakes and a couple more bay leaves. The meat turned out perfectly, but the cabbage would not fit in the crock pot so had to cook that on the stove. Over all a great recipe but next time I will cook on high 1/2 the time.

      • Hey Cindy! So glad you liked the recipe. Some crockpots tend to run cooler than others. Sorry your veggies were too firm. I know if I would have done mine on high for part of the time, my veggies would have been mush. But I think that is a great idea for you to try out next time. May I ask what size crockpot you have? Bummer about the cabbage not fitting in. I do love your add-in of red flakes :) XO

  7. What kind of vinegar did you use? Apple cider, white, red wine…?

    • I have used both apple cider and white vinegar for this. Both work out great!

      • Thank you. Making this tonight. I’m going to use organic apple cider vinegar since its much healthier. Can’t wait to try this recipe… I also got blue moon ale for the beer. I’ll let you know how it turns out

  8. What kind of vinegar do you use? Thank you!!!

  9. This is absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for a delicious FAST recipe!!!

  10. I made this yesterday for St Patrick’s Day and was the best I ever made. This will be my St Patrick’s Day recipe forever now. So easy and was very good!!!!

  11. I just finished making this. I used Oberon ( as I live in Oberon city) I’m hoping the meat shrinks down enough that I can add the rest. If not,O well,I’ll use the Dutch Oven for the veggies.

  12. Nadia Farnsworth says:

    I’m currently cooking this in the crock pot now but I didn’t have any of the berries. Will it ruin the recipe?

  13. I followed the recipe to a T, with fresh bay leaves and yellow mustard seed. I couldn’t find the allspice berries so I tried the McCormick Peppercorn Medley which comes with the grinder. I noticed it had ingredients a lot of the corn beef recipes had and you don’t have to worry about pulling out the peppercorns and berries that get stuck to the corn beef:
    Ingredients: Black Peppercorn, Corainder, Pink Peppercorns, White Peppercorns, Allspice and green peppercorns. Thanks for a great homemade crockpot recipe! Now that I have the spices, I will make it more than once a year.

  14. I can’t believe I’ve never thought to make corned beef in the crockpot! I’m really looking forward to trying this since my family loves corned beef and we use the crockpot twice a week. This will be a great addition to our rotation of meals!

  15. Ok, just threw it all together, so we’ll give it the taste test in 8 hours! Sounds fabulous, and can’t wait to treat some co-workers tomorrow on St. Paddy’s Day.

  16. I just packed in a bunch of cabbage…with an hour to go, should I turn it up to high?

  17. First time making cornedbeef. Used red wine vinegar and a red ale. Started it yesterday & we ate it for dinner this evening! Was a big hit! Thank you.
    Have a Happy St Patrick’s Day 2014

  18. Did you use the juices that came in the meat packet? or just the water and beer?

  19. I had a bad case of prego-brain this morning and forgot the 3C of water! I kept thinking it didn’t look like as much liquid as shown in your photos… Anyway, I finally figured it out when I went to put the potatoes and carrots in at the 4hr mark. I went ahead and added the water (warmed it up so I wasn’t adding room temp water to hot crock pot) when I added the veggies. Please tell me I didn’t ruin dinner? :-/

  20. I made this today and doubled everything. I made half in a crock pot and half on the stove. My house smells so amazing!!! I cooked the cabbage in a separate pot with some of the cooking juices. I wonder if there is any other way to use the cooking liquid. It just seems like a waste not to use it some how.

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