Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage

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Never made corned beef and cabbage?

Don’t worry, this recipe is goof-proof!

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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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!

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Comments

    • Corey says

      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

  1. Angie says

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

  2. 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!!

    • Corey says

      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!

    • says

      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!

    • Aishah says

      Yes, you just gave me an idea, for religious reasons I can’t cook with alcohol and have plea th of Apple juice on hand. Thanks

  3. Anna says

    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!!

    • cindy says

      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.

      • Corey says

        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

      • Kassey says

        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

  4. says

    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!!!!

  5. Karen says

    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.

  6. 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?

  7. Nancy says

    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.

  8. Tamara says

    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!

  9. Sherry says

    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.

  10. Marit says

    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

  11. Megan says

    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? :-/

  12. Denise says

    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.

  13. Hope says

    Hi, my question is before I put the brisket in the crock pot do I need to boil it to remove the salt? Also can I use beef broth and water? Thank you for your time.

    • Corey says

      Hope, is your brisket covered in salt? Mine was not, so I just added it to the crockpot. Yes, I am sure beef broth and water would be fine. I hope that helps :)

  14. Laura says

    Corey,
    I have a 5 lb. corned beef brisket. Should I cook it a little longer and if so, how much longer? Thx.

  15. Kim says

    I love to serve a sauce on the side consisting of brown sugar and yellow mustard. Mix together and then microwave until warm. Everybody says this really makes the corned beef delicious!

  16. Gina says

    We made this once this week already and are making it again, but with a much larger piece of meat. It was so simple my boyfriend made it himself while I was at work! Wonderful surprise after a long day :) our only issue is that the veggies turn out far too soft, though this seems to happen with a lot of recipes. Is it time for a new crock pot, or is there something I’m doing wrong?

    • Corey says

      Are all the veggies turning out too soft? I guess the crockpots I use are on the newer side, so that might be the problem.

  17. Donna says

    Hi Corey

    I am making this tomorrow ..I have everything but Mustard seed can I substitute with anything else

  18. Shirlee says

    I’m using 2 packages of cornbeef so I need to cook in the stove because it won’t fit in the crockpot(approx 6.3lbs) Any tips to so it turns out ok?

  19. Cara says

    Any tips for vegetables and adding them at the various times when on is not home to do this? (I usually just put my ingredients in, the night before. Turn on low just before leaving for work and am gone for the day all done when I/we get home). It would be great if St

  20. says

    I only have a small corned beef (2lbs) would I cut the cooking time in half for this recipe? Thanks so much! This sounds really yummy!

    • Corey says

      I wouldn’t cut it in half Nicole, but I would shorten it. Instead of 8 hours do 6 hours. Check on it after 6 to see if it’s ready to rock. I hope that helps.

  21. kristin says

    I just put my corned beef in the cockpot and found that it didn’t come with the seasoning packet. I have everything except the all spice berries. Can I used ground all spice? If so, how much?

    • Corey says

      Yes you can Kristin :) About 1/2 teaspoon will do the trick! I’ll shoot you an email in case you miss this reply :)

  22. Erin says

    Delicious! This made the PERFECT corned beef! In previous years I cooked my corned beef the traditional way, on the stove for about 3 hours, but it was turning out a little tough. I didn’t realize, until this year, that my mom always made hers in the crockpot, so I decided to give it a try. The meat was perfect and the veggies were just right – not too hard or soft.

    I did add a quartered onion, 1 bay leaf, and about 1/2tsp peppercorns to the crockpot in the beginning along with the spice packet that came with my brisket. Because my cabbage couldn’t fit in my 6qt crockpot along with everything else in the end, I put it in the juice for about 30min by itself in the crockpot after removing the finished corned beef, potatoes and carrots. I just prepared the potatoes (stick of butter melted, parley, salt, pepper) and sliced up the meat while the cabbage finished up.

    Thanks for your post! The method worked great and tasted just as good as Mom’s ;-)!

  23. Stephanie says

    I made corned beef and cabbage from a slow cooker recipe book that I had and the beef had the consistency of a pencil eraser! I am making it again using your fabulous looking recipe (thank you so much!). The first recipe barely had the meat in the liquid and I am figuring that is where I went wrong. This time around, the meat is submerged a little more than half way. Does this sound right; Does it even matter?

    Thanks again,
    Stephanie

    • Corey says

      Yes, as you can see from the pictures in my post, the meat is covered most of the way with liquid. I hope your next round goes better with my recipe :)

  24. Nicki says

    I’ve never made corned beef before and this sounds wonderful. Can I just use a trimmed brisket if I’m not planning to use a seasoning packet or is the prepackaged corned beef premarinated/seasoned? TIA

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