Slow Cooker Corned Beef with Cabbage [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 23 reviews

Beef Cabbage Recipes Slow Cooker St. Patrick's Day

Cook time Cook time: 8 hours

Slow Cooker Corned Beef is incredibly juicy, tender, and very flavorful. Made with cabbage, potatoes, and carrots for a well-rounded meal. This dish is perfect for family weekend dinner or to feed a larger crowd.

Slow Cooker recipes are very versatile and a lifesaver during crazy weeknights. We are huge fans to make soup in our crockpot, like this Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup and Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup. For a more meat-centered dinner, check our melt in your mouth Slow Cooker London Broil and Slow Cooker Yankee Pot Roast.

Cooking meat in the crockpot is always a great idea, as it comes out tender and juicy!

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Slow Cooker dishes are a staple around here, and this one is among the best. This delicious homemade recipe is one of the easiest dinners you can make, easy enough to be made on a weeknight. All you have to do is add all the ingredients to the crockpot and forget about it until ready to serve.

It can’t get any easier unless you order the meal at a restaurant. The beef is juicy and flavorful, slowly cooked with lots of garlic and spices. Also, you can add potatoes and carrots 2-3 hours before the corned beef is ready, to you have the sides done at the same time.

This St. Patrick’s Day favorite couldn’t be simpler to make. It is simply the BEST Corned Beef recipe ever! I love serving this slow cooker Irish-American classic with carrots, bacon fried cabbage, or crack mashed potatoes for St. Patrick’s Day.

How To Choose The Best Cut Of Corned Beef:

It comes down to three options, the best one is considered the brisket.

  • The “flat” cut – leaner and features a more consistent thickness.
  • The “point” –  it is the thicker end of the brisket, fattier, with inter-muscular fat or marbling.
  • A whole brisket, which includes both the flat and the point, probably is the best choice.

Should I rinse off corned beef before cooking?

It is usually not required especially when cooking it in the slow cooker or crockpot. By rinsing it, you are also likely to remove any excess salt from the meat, which might result in a milder flavor. 

Also, beef brisket used straight from the plastic or that was brined overnight, has a lot of flavors absorbed in it. By rinsing it, you are likely to wash off some of the flavors. 

How Long Do You Cook Corned Beef In The Crockpot?

It depends on what setting you are cooking. A 3-4 pounds corned beef brisket needs to be cooked on low, about 8 -10 hours and on high you are looking at 4-5 hours.

How Do You Cook Corned Beef Brisket In a Crockpot?

Check the recipe below. It’s really easy, all you have to do is add all the ingredients and cook on the preferred setting. Similarly, you can brown the brisket on the one side before adding it to the slow cooker, this way it will have a crispier top.

How Long Does It Take To Cook Corned Beef?

  • This dish takes about 8-10 hours on low.
  • In the oven it will take about 4-6 hours, depends how big is the brisket.
  • Instant Pot Corned Beef should be ready in about 1.5 hours.

Can you overcook corned beef in the crockpot?

Everything can be overcooked even when using the slow cooker! Even though you are cooking the brisket on LOW heat for about 8 to 10 hours, it is still important to know when it is done. For the best outcome and extra juicy meat, I do not recommend cooking it for more than 10 hours. 

How do you know when corned beef is done in the slow cooker?

The meat is ready when it is “fork-tender”. This is a good indication that is properly cooked, tender, and ready for serving. In addition, I recommend using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. It should read a minimum of 145 degrees F. 

What to serve with Corned Beef:

There are many, many delicious options:

What Does Corned Beef Taste Like?

Simply put, it tastes amazing!! It has a slightly salty taste and a bit sour, if cooked the right way it is incredibly tender!

How to make Tender Corned Beef?

Regardless of what cooking method you choose, it is good to pierce the brisket with a knife and add in some garlic cloves. This will add more flavor and also make the meat extra tender. 

How to store leftover Corned Beef?

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. Also, you can freeze the beef brisket in a freezer-proof container for up to 3 months. Reheat prior to serving. 

Slow Cooker Corned Beef Recipe tips:

  • As stated above, you can use various meat cuts to make this recipe. However, brisket would work best as it always results in a tender and super juicy meal!
  • I love making it with cabbage, carrots, and garlic. This adds extra flavor to it. Also, the juice can be used as gravy and served over mashed potatoes. 
  • To make this recipe in the Instant Pot, check out my Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe. 
  • Please note, when using pre-packed brisket it is usually salted and seasoned. Therefore, you do not need to add extra salt. On the other hand, if you want to reduce the saltiness, give the meat a quick rinse. 
  • Also, if your corned beef is too fatty, feel free to cut some of it off. 
  • Because the meat is cooked on low for a long time, it is critical to have sufficient broth/water in the pot.
  • I like to pierce the meat with a knife and insert a few garlic cloves. This gives it extra flavor!
  • Remember to always slice corned beef against the grain (rather than with it). 
  • If you are looking for more cabbage recipes try my Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Cabbage Soup, or Crockpot Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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5 from 23 reviews

Slow Cooker Corned Beef with Cabbage

Slow Cooker Corned Beef is incredibly juicy, tender and very flavorful.  Made with cabbage, potatoes and carrots for a well rounded meal.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 8 hours Total time: 8 hrs 10 mins

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Calories: 304 Carbohydrates: 18 Protein: 19 Fat: 16 Saturated Fat: 5 Cholesterol: 60 Sodium: 1471 Potassium: 857 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 3 Vitamin A: 9555 Vitamin C: 48.7 Calcium: 48 Iron: 2.7
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Misty

Awesome! Had a leftover corned beef in the freezer...this might be the best recipe ever. I made 1 substitution....I used an IPA Beer instead of the beef broth. The garlic addition was a great idea! Thank you!!

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Kelly

Hello!! Soooo... I had no garlic cloves and I just put the minced garlic on top ( fatty side up) first and rubes it in, made a couple of slits in the beef then put the seed package on top of that. Put the brisket on bottom. Then added my potato’s and onions. ( kids like them soft) HOWEVER, when should I put the carrots and cabbage in??? I cut them up and put them to the side. ( I know you said for the cabbage last hour) keep in mind (lol) crockpot is brand new and I really have to monitor the temp because it’s works very well and hot.

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If you want to add carrots and potatoes, add them to the slow cooker after the first 3-4 hours of cooking have passed.

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Christine Martin

This is my go to Corned Beef recipe!! I love eating the pieces of the garlic in the meat!! I stick up on CB in March & make this throughout the year!! Thank you for a wonderful recipe! Slainte!!

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Thank you for your feedback, Christine! Glad you love it!)))

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Christie Nixon

Ok, so i cooked one, its gone! I have another to make reubens. Can I cookthe second one in the same juices as the first one? Or should i empty crockpot and start over fresh agsin? Im not adding the veggies, just the beef. HELP!

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You can use the same juices, it will actually add extra flavor!

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Denise

So my corned beef is done. We are not eating it till tomorrow should I take it out of the crockpot and put in a Tupperware with no liquid

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Always add some liquid to keep it tender!

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Elizabeth

Hi. Currently on about hour 5 here in the crockpot. I just added my potatoes and carrots but I also added more liquid so they would be covered.. is the water going to evaporate or do I need to drain the liquid so it’s not a soup

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the water will not evaporate, so if you added too much, you have to discard the unneeded amount.

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Erica

Finally! I have been looking for a corned beef recipe that wasn’t bland, and this is it. Highly recommend. Makes the best corned beef hash and Ruebens.

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Thank you Erica for your feedback! So happy that you loved it!

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James Boedeker

Made this today, GREAT MEAL!!!!! Corned beef turned out tender and flavorful. carrots and potatoes were done to a tee. Will definitely do this again. Thanks for what you do.

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Chris Salle

Every year we go through the St Patrick's Day tradition of making Corn Beef, and enduring it for traditions sake. This year I following this recipe and it was the best ever! So good that even my super picky 6 year old ate all her meat and wanted more.

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I am so happy that your family likes this recipe!

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Debra J Miller

I put frozen meat in my crock pot all the time, as it cooks it adds water to your meat so it isn't dry.

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Kris

Can you use Guinness beer instead of water? Do you still add the broth too? Thanks!

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yes you can use guinness beer, and skip the broth in that case. You need moisture so you can sub the water/broth with beer.

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Aimee

I’m a bit confused. By “whole garlic clove,” do you mean the WHOLE piece of garlic? Or the pieces it separates into (just not cut up)? I’m worried I misunderstood and have way too much garlic.

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the pieces it separates into :) those are called garlic cloves, hope that helps.

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Ashley

I’m not able to view the video. But I have it in the crock pot already. Just wanted to watch to make sure everything is in there correctly

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hmm sorry you don't see it, not sure why :(

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Mary

If you need to do carrots and cabbage separately- still sacrifice a few carrots and pieces of cabbage in with the beef as it adds flavor, and I also add a cup of the brine when it’s time to cook each the cabbage and carrots to flavor them

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Clint

Do I have to keep the water line above the corn beef or only in the beginning? So far I think this recipe is going to be fabulous!

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