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Corned Beef and Cabbage

This corned beef and cabbage is a hearty and delicious comfort meal with tons of flavor! The brisket simmers in the crockpot all day, giving it a wonderfully seasoned and tender taste. Perfect dish for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

Corned beef and cabbage is a hearty meal that’s traditionally served on St. Patrick’s Day, but can really be served all year long. If you’ve never made it before, this recipe is a great place to start. It cooks in the crockpot and is so simple to throw together. You can’t mess it up!

corned beef and cabbage on white plate

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Once cooked, the beef is extremely tender, flavorful and delicious! It simmers on low all day, giving the meat a wonderfully seasoned and yummy taste. If you haven’t tried corned beef, it has a unique and distinct pickled flavor that some love and some don’t (my family is about half and half). It’s definitely worth giving a shot though!

I love to add in fresh vegetables like carrots, potatoes and cabbage. The broth from the brisket gives them such a nice flavor. You can also serve with mustard or horseradish if desired. Making this recipe is a fun tradition and is definitely worth trying out. Enjoy!

cooking corned beef in crock pot

What is corned beef?

Corned beef is beef brisket that has been cured in a rock salt brine. The large grains of salt are referred to as “corns” of salt, hence the name. They help to give the meat it’s pickled (salty and sour) flavor. The beef cooks slowly all day, creating a tender and seasoned taste. It’s often served with vegetables like carrots, potatoes and cabbage.

  • What is in the spice packet that comes with it? It will often come with a spice packet consisting of seasonings that help give it that briny taste. Some of these common spices might include peppercorn, mustard seed, bay leaves, allspice, ginger, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Please note that the meat is extra flavorful and salty, so no need to add extra salt!
  • Do you rinse the meat before cooking? Yes, rinse in water prior to placing in crockpot.
  • Does it need to rest after cooking? Once cooked through, I let mine rest for about 5 to 10 minutes. This helps it hold it’s shape when slicing.
  • Is it supposed to be chewy? If cooked correctly, corned beef should be very soft and tender. Brisket is a tougher cut of meat, so it’s important to cook it low and slow. That’s why I like to cook it in the crockpot on low heat for at least 8 hours. If you cook it too fast and on a higher heat, you’ll end up with meat that’s tough and chewy,

close up of corned beef and cabbage on fork

How to make corned beef and cabbage

  1. Rinse. Rinse the meat with water, then add to bottom of crockpot.
  2. Add seasonings. Sprinkle the seasoning packet on top. Next add the onion on top and tuck into the sides. Pour broth around the sides. Then fill the broth can with water and add until it just about covers the beef.
  3. Cook. Cook in crockpot on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  4. Add veggies. About 3 hours prior to serving, add potatoes and carrots. Then add cabbage 30 minutes before serving.
  5. Serve. Remove from crockpot (make sure it’s fork tender) and let rest for a few minutes. Slice and serve with vegetables.

Cooking tips

  • Low heat. The key to making tender and juicy brisket is cooking the meat low and slow. It’s a tougher cut of meat, so cooking on low heat for about 8 to 10 hours makes all the difference.
  • Don’t over salt. If you’re using the salt brine seasoning packet that comes with the meat, make sure NOT to add in any additional salt. The seasoning already has a salty flavor, so anything additional would be overkill.
  • Add the veggies in later. Because the meat cooks on low heat for so long, you don’t want to add the veggies in at the very beginning or else they’ll overcook and get super mushy. Add them in the crock pot with about 3 hours left on the timer.
  • Let rest. This allows the juices to flow back into the meat and makes it super moist and juicy. I let mine rest for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Slice against the grain. Once rested, slice the meat against the grain in order to break up the long muscle fibers. This results in slices that are more tender (and less chewy).
  • Using leftovers. Make corned beef sandwiches with leftovers! The brisket tastes delicious on a Reuben sandwich served on rye or Irish soda bread.

corned beef, cabbage, carrots and potatoes on white plate

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Corned Beef and Cabbage

5 from 9 votes
This corned beef and cabbage is a hearty and delicious comfort meal with tons of flavor! The brisket simmers in the crockpot all day, giving it a wonderfully seasoned and tender taste. Perfect dish for celebrating St. Patrick's Day!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 8 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 3 pounds corned beef brisket , with spice packet
  • 1 onion , quartered
  • 15 ounce can beef broth , low-sodium
  • 1 pound red potatoes , quartered
  • 2 cups carrots , sliced
  • 1/2 head cabbage , cut in wedges

Freshly cracked pepper, to taste

    Instructions

    • Rinse the corned beef in water and then place into the crockpot. Then place the seasoning packet on top of the beef. Next add the onion on top and tuck into the sides. Pour the beef broth around the sides. Then fill the can with water and add until it just about covers the brisket. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
    • Three hours before serving add the potatoes and carrots. Then 30 minutes before serving add the cabbage. 
    • Remove corned beef from slow cooker when fork tender and allow to rest for a few minutes. Then slice against the grain and serve with vegetables. 

    Notes

    Note: This meat is extra flavorful and salty, so no need to add extra salt.
    Alternatively you can roast the vegetables in the oven: https://www.iheartnaptime.net/roasted-winter-vegetables/

    Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 3081mg | Potassium: 1347mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 7200IU | Vitamin C: 99.3mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 5mg
    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: Irish
    Author: Jamielyn Nye

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