Slow Cooker Corned Beef with Cabbage [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

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 London Broil and Yankee Pot Roast.

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

Slow Cooker Corned Beef with Cabbage

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 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. 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!

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.

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.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef

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 easy 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.
  • In the Pressure Cooker, it will take about 1.5 hours.

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 Do You Eat Corned Beef:

There are many, many delicious options:

  • Serve it with potatoes, carrots, and cabbage.
  • Shred-it and make Reuben Sandwiches or go a step further and make a Reuben Grilled Cheese.
  • Equally delicious it is if you serve it over pasta or mashed potatoes.
  • Make corned beef hash!

Best Slow Cooker Corned Beef

How Do You 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. 

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Slow Cooker Corned Beef with Cabbage
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 8 hours Total time: 8 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1  3-4 lbs corned beef brisket, plus pickling spice packet 
  • 12  whole cloves garlic 
  • 1  large onion  (peeled)
  • 2  bay leaves 
  • 1 lb  carrots  (cleaned and tops trimmed)
  • 1 lb  baby potatoes  (cleaned)
  • 1/2 head  cabbage  (chopped)
  • 1 cup  low sodium beef broth 
  • 2 cups  water 
  • 2 tablespoons  chopped fresh parsley leaves 

Instructions

  1. Place corned beef brisket, fat side up, into a 6-qt slow cooker.
  2. Add the pickling spice tea usually comes with corned beef on top of the brisket.
  3. Minced 4 garlic cloves and add them to the slow cooker.
  4. Pierce the beef with a sharp knife, and stuff with 4 garlic cloves. Add the remaining 4 whole cloves to the slow cooker.
  5. Cut the peeled onion in 4 and add it to the crockpot.

  6. Add the bay leaves.
  7. Pour beef broth and the water over the brisket add more water as needed to lightly cover the brisket by about 1/2 inch.
  8. Cover and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours, until tender.

  9. If you want to add carrots and potatoes, add them to the slow cooker after the first 3-4 hours of cooking have passed. Cabbage is added during the last 2 hours of cooking.

  10. Thinly slice the corned beef against the grain.
  11. Garnish with parsley and serve with carrots and potatoes.
  12. Enjoy!
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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Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

That looks gorgeous and I'm really hungry now!

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Amanda

Corned beef is such a great classic meal... love it!!

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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

I love that the garlic adds flavor and tenderness! Delicious!

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Delaney | Melanie Makes

I want to eat this for dinner!

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Jen

This looks so tender and delicious! I love a good slow cooker meal so this is perfect for us!

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen

I really need to make corned beef more than once a year on St. Patrick's Day. This looks wonderfully tender and flavorful.

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Karly

Must. Eat. ALL THE CORNED BEEF. This looks like pure perfection-- thanks for sharing!!

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Pat

Can I cook 2 corn beef in one crockpot

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What size?

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Jamie

I’m new to all this, can I put frozen meat in the slow cooker or does it have to be defrosted?

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defrosted.

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I often put frozen meat in the crockpot 

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John Mcdough

Amazing recipe thanks for providing it, came out delicious!!!

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Igor

Amazing tender and delicious!

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glad you liked it

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Monika

Wow this corned beef looks mosit and tender, trying it this weekend!

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Monika

tender and yummy!

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Joana

Tender and amazingly good, slow cooker does the rest I love how moist they came out and great for crowd!

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Kim

Can I use sweet pots instead? It’s all I Have

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yes, they cook quicker, so you may have to adjust the timing you add them a bit.

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Laura

Can I cook this on high for 4-5 hours?

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yes, but try and see if its soft enough, if no, continue to cook.

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Ken Hanson

The nutrition information isn't of value without the serving size given everything is listed as per serving

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The nutrition information is per serving, I am not sure what do you mean. How can I help to clarify it?

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Anthony Allen

That so so amazing! Thanks for your sharing!!

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Susan Dubose

Amazingly simple, and amazingly delicious. I also added a little garlic powder, onion powder and fresh ground pepper. I will definitely be making this recipe again for forthcoming Christmas. Thanks!

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Sophie Anderson

All agreed this was probably the best corned beef dinner I ever made. I actually surprised myself. Thanks so much, Catalina.

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I am so happy that you enjoyed it :)

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Theresa Anderson

I chose to boil the potatoes and carrots separately and reduced garlic to two cloves. The corned beef was so incredibly moist and delicious! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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I am so happy that you loved the recipe, thank you for the feedback!

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Tony

Could you provide an estimate of the gram weight of the pickle spice used.I don't want to overdo it! In this country the spice is always added to vinegar.....I don't think your recipe calls for it. This is the list of the ingredients in our packs. Pack Contents: 26g, Coriander Seed (40%), Yellow Mustard Seed, Dried Chillies, Allspice, Ginger, Black Peppercorns (5%), Bay Leaves (4%). This is similar to yours?

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yes, I just use the pack contents that come wit the beef, yours is similar to mine, almost same ingredients.

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Nicole

Hello! In the ingredients you say 12 cloves of garlic but in the directions you only mention 8? Was one a typo? Thanks!

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8 whole, the rest are minced :)

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Jennifer

Hi I will be making this today. Silly question but do you add the juice that’s in the bag and can you use beer instead of beef broth

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No, don't add the juice from the bag. Actually, its better to rinse and pat fry the corned beef. Yes, its delicious with beer :)

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Cindy

HI quick question. why are putting the vegetables in the crock pot a few hours later? I have always put vege's on the bottom and meat on top . Thanks very much

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I don't like them mushy, and I feel this is the best way to achieve that. You can add them with the beef if you like it, for me they are overcooked that way.

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Ingrid

How many servings?

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Hello, we list the servings in the recipe card. For this one, we have 8 servings because we have used about 4lb cut, but if you go with a bigger cut it will be more servings. Hope this helps.

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Tracy

I have a quick question on the size of your brisket. Approximately how many will this recipe feed? I have 3 adults who would like leftovers. (I don't care for it myself, so it's harder to judge what's the right amount) I never thought to get a brisket & have previously picked up one each point & flat & cook together in my crockpot. But, it's been a while since I've done so!

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We easily get 5-6 servings of this meal, I also have 3 adults so after I feed them, I have some leftovers left.

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Andee

I have a piece of corned beef that is just over two lbs. should I cook it a shorter time? Any other adjustments? Thanks. 

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Hi, yes, I would reduce the cooking time by 1-2 hours, as we usually cook about a 4 lb cut.

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Kevin Freese

Will the time and ingredients be the same if I cook two 3.5 pound briskets in the slow cooker at the same time? Looking forward to trying this recipe out!

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Yes, the same.

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Susanne R McLaren

If I cook this for the recommended 4-5 hours on high, when would I throw in the potatoes and carrots, and then cabbage because the recipe is for cooking it 8-10 hours and I didn't have that kind of time.

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Potatoes and carrots, about when you have an hour and a half of cooking left, and cabbage, you need 30-40 minutes on High.

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Susan Braga

I have 8 people coming, how large of a roast should I get? 

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It depends how hungry you guys are:) I would say a 4lb roast cut should be ok, but if you want to have some reserve go with a 5-6lb cut. Hope you will enjoy it! :)

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Christina

Can I put all these ingredients in a crockpot today, leave it in fridge, and cook tomorrow?

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definitely!

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Kathy

I have 2 questions.  First if I cook 2 pieces of meet (2-1/2 pounds each) at the same time how long would it take? Next - is the meat just as tender cooking on high?

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The meat is just as tender if cooked on high, I just find it more flavorful cooked on slow. If you cook two pieces at the same time, you may have to add 1-2 hours. But in the end, it matters EACH individual piece how big it it.

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Erin

Hi! This recipe sounds great! I'm going to try it this year, rather than just water and spice packet with the potatoes and cabbage. Question - if I'm cooking on high, about when should I add the potatoes and cabbage in? The last hour? Thank you!

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Potatoes and carrots about hour and a half or one hour before its done, and the cabbage needs 30-40 minutes.

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Chilkat

When you say “brown the brisket on the easy side” which side are you referring to?

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top and bottom

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Chilkat

Can I marinate in the crockpot overnight before turning on in the morning?

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As long as you put it in the fridge.

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Joe Schmo ;)

Question.. Soo.. i just used the about half the garlic recommendation & as well as instead of whole cloves, i felt it was easier to slice cloves in half to stuff in beef... I love garlic & all but isnt 12 whole cloves going to overpower this thing? Or is it different because 8 are supposed to be left whole somehow dispersing not as strongly?? Did i somehow make them stronger by cutting cloves & then instead into beef? As you can probably tell by my questions, I'm not exactly Chef Boyardee.. In the end, 8 half's went into beef & about 3 got minced & out into liquid. Also, what side do you stuff the cloves into? Fat or Lean side? Thanks for posting your recipes!

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Yes, when you cut them in half the flavor is stronger. But don't worry , its nothing overpowering, you will love it!

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Lynne

I have been cooking my 4 1/2 lb corned beef for about 5hrs and the internal temp says 180. Is it done already?

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Well, it is done in terms that its safe to consume, but you need to cook it longer for it to be tender and juicy.

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Debbie

Perfect recipe followed and it was not disappointing.

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Hi Debbie, we are very glad you have enjoyed it. It is such an easy and delicious dish, that we make it all the time. Thanks for stopping by!

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Mariya

Catalina, this is really a great recipe. I will make this at the next chance i get.

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Hi Mariya, yes this is a delicious and nice dish. Give it a try you will not be disappointed!

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Adriana

Hi in your opinion does a 3 pound corned beef come out better on slow temperature longer cooking, or high temp shorter cooking? Or is it the same? Just asking because I’m off of work today and wanted to make one but I’m not at all sure if higher setting will ruin it. Thanks. Adrianna

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I prefer slow cooking it :)

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Nataly

Catalina, thanks for sharing! Saved my butt on a quick impulsive idea for a dinner side!

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Cat

Any other type of broth acceptable? I noticed one mention of beer?!

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yes, beef or chicken broth.

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JeanneL

I have made Corned Beef and vegetables but the meat in this recipe came out so tasty. I attribute it to using beef broth and adding garlic to the cooking liquid. I think these are the two things that were different for me. I did not add as much garlic. I added 2 large cloves for a 5lb corned beef. I did not stuff the meat with garlic either. I was short on garlic and time but next time I will try this technique. Thank you.

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Barbara A Allen

Why not toss the c.b., frozen, into the refrigerator the night before? Thaws nicely for a morning cook in the slow cooker.

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Hi Barbara, this is also an option. Thanks for visiting!

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Carol Anne Bennett

I added juice from bag.. is that going to spoil the crockpot dinner.,???

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should be ok

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