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Slow Cooker Corned Beef

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage is the perfect hands-off Irish-American recipe perfect year round or specifically for a St. Patrick's Day feast! This recipe takes 15 minutes to prep and 9 hours to slow cook. The dinner results in fork-tender corned beef and flavorful vegetables.
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Course: Dinner, Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Irish
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Lactose
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 9 hours
Total Time: 9 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 951kcal


  • Slow Cooker


  • 3 lbs. Corned Beef
  • 1 tbsp Pickling Spice
  • 10 Carrots peeled and cut in half
  • 2 Onions
  • 12 Baby Potatoes
  • 12 oz. Water
  • 10 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Small Head of Cabbage quartered


  • In a large slow cooker, place the corned beef on the bottom of the slow cooker (do not rinse off--allow all the juices from the packaging to go inside the slow cooker). Sprinkle pickling spices on top of the corned beef.
  • Layer with peeled carrots and onions, followed by the baby potatoes. Place sprigs of thyme around the slow cooker then pour the water over the ingredients.
  • Set on LOW and cook for 8 hours.
  • Once the corned beef and vegetables have cooked for 8 hours, move around the vegetables to make room for the cabbage.
  • Submerge the cabbage in as much liquid as possible, place the lid back on the crock pot and place on HIGH for 1 hour.
  • Slice the Corned Beef against the grain, divide vegetables evenly among plates, and serve with a grainy mustard.



  • Slow Cooker - I use a KitchenAid 6.5 Quart Oval. Please make sure you are using a slow cooker of at least similar size and shape for the recipe.
  • Cabbage - Smaller quarters of cabbage will cook quicker. Cabbage must be submerged in the liquid to cook.
  • Boiling - If you don't want to wait an extra hour, you can boil cabbage in a pot of hot boiling water for 10 minutes or until soft.
  • Beer - You can substitute a bottle of beer for water.


Serving: 1c | Calories: 951kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 184mg | Sodium: 4304mg | Potassium: 2703mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 25830IU | Vitamin C: 226mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 9mg
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