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Slow Cooker Corned Beef with Cabbage

This Slow Cooker Corned Beef with Cabbage is a great all-in-one meal. It’s easy, tasty, and amazingly fork-tender. It’s perfect for gatherings.

crock pot corned beef and cabbage with carrots
Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage is easy, flavorful, and tender

Slow Cooker Corned Beef with Cabbage

Here’s our tried-and-true corned beef recipe originally created in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. This Crock Pot corned beef and cabbage is so good, it’s become an all time family favorite, and not just in March.

Despite everyone’s long standing infatuation with this tender pot roast I didn’t realize corned beef and cabbage would make it onto the fail-proof dinner list.

slow cooker corned beef and cabbage with potatoes
Use fresh corned beef brisket for the best corned beef.

key Ingredients for Your Best Corned Beef

  • As usual, we think easier is better: go with baby carrots instead of shredding and slicing big carrots.
  • 4 lb fresh corned beef brisket, trimmed, with its own separate little spice pack.
  • Regular beef broth provides essential liquid for cooking and full flavor.
  • You’ll need one 6 oz can of beer; almost any type should work here.
  • Fresh onion and garlic provide plenty of aromatics.
  • Grab some whole peppercorns for a fragrant kick to the dish
  • We opt for fingerling potatoes or baby red/gold potatoes, as their small size and inherent tenderness lets us skip any peeling and excess slicing.
  • We find one head of fresh cabbage is perfect for this corned beef,. Although it may seem like a lot of cabbage, it cooks down to a fraction of the original volume,
crock pot corned beef and cabbage in a dish
Set Crock Pot on low for 10-12 hours for the most tender corned beef

Pro Tips for the Most Tender Corned Beef and Cabbage

  • Let your slow cooker do the work, giving it plenty of time to cook the beef and cabbage down. We highly recommend the full 10-12 hours on low.
  • Go big on flavor. Plenty of garlic, peppercorns, regular strength beef broth, and the corned beef spice packet all go towards that goal.
  • Ensure that all ingredients are submerged in liquid so even the cabbage gains incredible flavor.
  • Add the potatoes and cabbage only during your last 2 hours of cooking; this is important to prevent them from becoming mushy and too overdone.
  • If you really prefer to slice yours rather than shred with a fork, simply decrease cook time by a couple of hours.

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Slow Cooker Corned Beef with Cabbage

4.70 from 13 ratings
This Slow Cooker Corned Beef with Cabbage results in fork-tender beef that doesn’t even need to be cut with a knife! The veggies are flavorful and tender, and potatoes are succulent. Extra sauce is great for pouring over noodles, if you like.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 hrs
Servings: 10


  • ½ lb baby carrots
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced thin
  • 4 lb corned beef brisket, trimmed, with spice pack
  • 4 cups beef broth, regular or low sodium
  • 6 oz beer
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 TB whole peppercorns
  • 7 fingerling potatoes or baby red/gold potatoes, halved
  • 1 medium head of cabbage, sliced


  • Prepare In a large slow cooker, place baby carrots and onion into the bottom. Place corned beef on the veggies.
  • Season: Pour in the beef broth over the meat/veggies. Add the beer, garlic, and peppercorns. Sprinkle on the contents of spice pack that came with your corned beef.
  • Cook: Cover and cook on low for 10 hours. Then add potatoes and cabbage; submerge them in the liquid as fully as possible, and cook 2 more hours on low, for a total of 12 hours. Add salt and pepper to taste, if needed.


The 12-hour cook time will result in a corned beef that is fork-tender and can easily be pulled apart rather. If you prefer a firmer texture that you can slice, cook for a total of 9 hours instead of 12. 
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.5g | Protein: 44.7g | Fat: 5.2g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 99.7mg | Sodium: 287.2mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 6.7g
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Method: Slow Cooker

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    • Bindu Thomas

    This is very delicious! I’ll surely try this

    • tweenselmom

    Looks so delicious and healthy too, corned beef has lots of protein and veggies make it healthier, potatoes and carrots. Love this stuff.

    • Ching

    This is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and comfort food for me! My mom use to make this.

    • Chelsea Sauve – Wandure

    A slow cooker is such a great option to simplify the day! Thanks for the lovely post.

    • Tiffany

    What happens to the fat when the meat shreds apart? Do you trim the fat off before cooking or leave it on? Do you cook fat side up or down?

      • chewoutloud

      Tiffany, I typically trim most of the fat before cooking, but do leave a bit of it for flavor. It melts into the juices once cooked, so no worries about it once it’s all done. Just enjoy 🙂 Hope you guys loved this!!

    • chewoutloud

    Adrian, thanks for notifying us. I checked it out, and they lifted my images/recipe. I have written them to please remove my copyrighted content. Thank you 🙂

    • Anya
    • 5 stars

    I’m very excited to try out your recipe! I bought corned beef that was preseasoned so it didn’t come with a seasoning pack. I was wondering if you think I need to add extra seasoning for the potatoes and vegetables? If so, what would you add and how much? Thank you so much!

    • Karen M.

    I look forward to making this soon, and I love the way you write your blog! So fresh and fun. 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks, that is so kind, Karen 🙂 Glad you came over today, and hope you continue finding recipes you love here at COL 🙂

        • Anya
        • 5 stars

        I’m excited to try this out for St. Patrick’s Day this year! My corned beef came preseasoned so it didn’t have a seasoning pack. Should I add extra seasoning for the veggies and potatoes to the crockpot? If so, what and how much? Thank you!!!

          • chewoutloud

          Hi, Anya! Pre-seasoned corned beef varies in degrees of seasoning, and can vary from lightly seasoned to quite salty. I would not add any salt to beef or veggies before cooking (since the veggies can pick up the sodium of your pre-seasoned meat)…I’d wait to add salt/pepper to the dish to taste, at the end. That way, you won’t end up with a dish that’s too salty. Of course, if you want to add garlic, onion, or pepper to the dish prior to cooking, you can absolutely do that. Enjoy! 🙂

            • Anya

            Thank you so much!!! I appreciate your quick response!

      • Robin

      I put this in the crockpot at 7:30 this a.m. and came home at 2:45 to my crockpot being off due to a power outage I ended up throwing it in my Dutch oven and hopefully it turns out OK We usually eat between 730 and 8 o’clock anyway so hopefully it will still be tender Wish me luck ☘

        • chewoutloud

        Good luck, Robin! Hoping your power outage doesn’t stop the yum tonight! 🙂

      • Tiffany

      Can you cook this in half the time, on high? (4/.5 hours)

        • chewoutloud

        Yes, Tiffany, you can certainly give that a try; as long as it’s tender to your liking, it will be great! 🙂

      • Kimberley

      If you don’t have the time for 12 hours can you cook on high instead of low for a shorter time?

        • chewoutloud

        Hi, Kimberley! You could try half the cook time, on high. As long as it turns out tender enough for you, it will be fine 🙂

      • Carrie
      • 5 stars

      Hi, I am making it today for st. Party’s day…and I messed up and used chicken broth instead of beef broth. The rest I am following to the t. Did I make s huge mistake? And btw, I used Guinness stout beer Should I attempt to eat it…lol

        • chewoutloud

        No problem, chicken broth will work too…just a slightly less “beefy” flavor 🙂

      • Haley

      If my brisket is just shy of 3 lb would you still recommend 12 hrs?

        • chewoutloud

        Haley, you can check sooner and see if it’s fork tender to your tastes! 🙂

      • Barbara

      Do I have to use beer in it?

        • chewoutloud

        Barbara, you can sub with beef broth if you prefer 🙂 Enjoy!

      • Krystal

      Has anyone tried throwing everything & setting it all day? I wan’t to make this on a week day while I’m at work & won’t have enough time to add in the cabbage & potatoes and give them time to cook. Will they be a soggy mess if they cook for the full 10 hours?

      • jamming44Jackie
      • 5 stars

      So you know the whole engagement chicken thing? Well I made this corned beef recipe over the weekend, and my boyfriend could not stop eating it or complimenting me on how good it was! He even asked me what my ring size was!! Hahaha! Now I’ve made corned beef before, but it never came out like this – every bite was full of flavor and the meat was seriously tender yet I was still able to slice this into chunks. I cooked this for the full 12 hours and used Guinness as the beer and it came out perfect. Besides the corned beef though, my favorite were the potatoes!! Cooked them for the recommended 2 hours and they came out perfectly soft and soaked up all of that flavor!! My boyfriend even made me save the sauce to use for mashed potatoes and stews. Thanks so much for this recipe and I will definitely be using this again and again!!

        • chewoutloud

        Yippeee!! So great to hear you guys loved it 🙂 Makes my day; thanks for coming over to let us know. Happy eating!

      • Steph

      What kind of beer to you recommend?

        • chewoutloud

        Stout is good 🙂

      • Karen

      I’m Irish but am excited to try your recipe! However, do the potatoes really only take 2 hours to cook?? I wouldn’t want to wait 12 hrs. to realize they are still on the hard side…..thank you..

        • chewoutloud

        yes, Karen, the potatoes are super tender for me by two hours. Be sure to have them baby-sized and cut in half so they are just a tad bigger than bite size. You don’t want to cook them too long or they will be mushy. Enjoy 🙂

      • Thalia
      • 5 stars

      I’m seeing lots of delicious corned beef recipes around lately.. and this one is no exception! I never have tried corned beef before and think I have been missing out on something great – so you definitely have motivated me to give this recipe a go!

        • chewoutloud

        Me, too! I was never a big corned beef fan growing up, but this was so tender and the family enjoyed it 🙂

      • slehan
      • 5 stars

      Thank you. I like corned beef & cabbage and this recipe sounds marvelous. Will be trying it this week after I go to the store and get all the ingredients.

        • chewoutloud

        You’re so welcome! I hope you like it as much as we did. Enjoy! 🙂

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