Slow Cooker Corned Beef

This recipe for slow cooker corned beef delivers a moist, tender, flavor-packed piece of beef. So easy you just dump, set, and cook!

Sliced corned beef on a white platter garnish with fresh parsley.

Why You’ll Love This

Slow cooker corned beef makes this meal easy and delicious at any time of the year. But since St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner, grab one on your next shopping trip and be prepared!

Corned beef and cabbage are a must if you’re going to embrace your Irish heritage, even if it is for one day.

This corned beef in crock pot recipe delivers a moist, tender, flavor-packed piece of beef brisket. So easy you just dump, set, and cook!

Ingredients

  • Corned Beef – This slow cooker corned beef recipe used a flat cut corned beef also known as corned beef brisket.
  • Liquids – Guinness Stout and beef stock.
  • Seasonings – You will be using the seasoning packet (pickling spice) that comes with the corned beef. Plus garlic, bay leaves, and black pepper.

Tips

  • We highly recommend the Guinness stout beer but if you prefer you can use additional beef broth. Just add 12 ounces of beef stock plus the 1 cup of stock.
  • There are two types of beef cut for corned beef brisket the flat and the point. The flat is more readily available and cuts more evenly. The point tends to be more marbled and not uniform in size.
  • Because the brine is salty we don’t find it necessary to add additional salt to the slow cooker corned beef.
  • If you would like to add potatoes (quartered) and carrots (cut into 1″ pieces) do so after the first three hours of cooking. Don’t add at the very beginning they can become mushy.
  • If adding cabbage add during the last 2 hours of cooking.
  • Brisket has long fibrous strands so after allowing the meat to rest, cut across the grain for serving. This is important for tender meat.
Raw corned beef and spices in the crock of the slow cooker.

I have made corned beef in the oven and it’s great but the ease of the slow cooker usually wins out.

Low and slow cooking is the method for beef brisket. It’s a tough cut of meat and needs to be cooked properly for tender juicy results.

Always allow the meat to rest once cooked.

What is Corned Beef?

Corned beef is beef brisket that has been cured and brined.  It usually comes already seasoned and/or with a seasoning packet. If yours didn’t come seasoned simply mix together 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 2 bay leaves, 8 allspice berries, 1/2 tsp salt, and1/2 tsp pepper.

How to Make Slow Cooker Corned Beef

Add the corned beef, fat side up, to the slow cooker or crock pot. Sprinkle the spice packet, minced garlic, bay leaves, and pepper. Rub the spices around on top of the brisket.

Pour the beer and beef stock around the meat.

Set the slow cooker or crock pot to low and cook for 9 – 10 hours.

Sliced corned beef on a white platter garnish with fresh parsley.

Gently remove the brisket to a cutting board or platter and tent it with aluminum foil. Let rest for at least 15 minutes.

Sliced corned beef on a white platter garnish with fresh parsley.

Once rested thinly slice against the grain or shred. You won’t believe how amazing and fork tender this comes out!

Sliced corned beef on a white platter garnish with fresh parsley.

How to Serve

Serve with potatoes and carrots. You can also make some scrumptious Reuben sandwiches or any other sandwiches that tickle your fancy. This tender meat will work however you decide to serve it.

Leftovers

And don’t worry about leftovers either. If it doesn’t get wolfed down totally on the first day, there are always ways of finishing it off the next morning.

Use your leftover corned beef for a delicious corned beef hash. This is a great dish that’ll make for a great weekend!

Storing

Let the corned beef cool to room temperature, place in an air-tight container, and refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Freezing

Place in a freezer-safe container or bag and freeze for up to 2 months.

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Slow cooker corned beef on a white plate garnished with parsley.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef Recipe

This recipe for slow cooker corned beef delivers a moist, tender, flavor-packed piece of beef. So easy you just dump, set, and cook!
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Course: Beef, Dinner, Main
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: corned beef, keto, low carb, slow cooker, St Patrick’s Day
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 hours
Resting Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 9 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 476kcal
Author: Leigh Harris

Ingredients
 

  • 3 lbs corned beef brisket
  • 12 oz Guinness Stout
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper fresh ground

Instructions

  • Place the corned beef brisket (fat side up), in the slow cooker. Sprinkle the seasoning packet ( comes in the corned beef package), garlic, bay leaves, and pepper over the meat. Rub the seasonings gently over the top.
  • Pour the Guinness and beef stock into the slow cooker. Not over the meat.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 9-10 hours.
  • Gently remove the corned beef from the slow cooker to a cutting board or platter and tent with aluminum foil for 15 minutes.
  • Slice against the grain and serve.

Notes

If you would like to add potatoes (quartered) and carrots (cut into 1″ pieces) do so after the first three hours of cooking.
Cabbage can be added during the last two hours of cooking.
Nutrition facts will depend on what type of ingredients you use. This is just an estimate. We do our best to give you nutritional information as correct as possible. Please feel free to calculate for yourself.

Nutrition

Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 2840mg | Potassium: 748mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 61.5mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 3.9mg

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6 Comments

  1. Hi, I’d like to know if there is any cut or type of corned beef that is better than the other ? I’ve fixed it in the oven and it is always alittle tough and I’ve cooked it on top of the stove.. still alittle tough. so just wondering if maybe I’m buying the wrong cut.
    thanks

  2. For me — if my corn beef is still a little tough (and I think it has cooked long enough) — still, I cook it another 20 minutes or so — if still a little tough, I cook it another 20 minutes. Always after two or three times doing this, the cornbeef is done and it is perfect.

  3. I started my slow cooker too late. It’s been cooking on low for 3 hours now. Can I switch it to the instant pot at some point (maybe 3 hours prior to it being done)? If so how much longer on the slow cooker?

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