Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Last Updated on March 18, 2022 by Michele Tripple

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This corned beef and cabbage slow cooker recipe is simply delicious! Take the hassle out of your meal preparation today and try this yummy slow cooker corned beef and cabbage

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

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If you’re a mom, you know that slow cooker recipes are the way to go when trying to save time! And with trying to make St. Patricks Day memorable with St. Patrick’s Day Bingo and other fun March family activities, I need something easy to throw in my crockpot like slow cooker corned beef and cabbage to make the magic happen!

Corned beef and cabbage slow cooker recipe isn’t the only crockpot recipe I have in my arsenal of quick dinners though. My healthy chicken tortilla soup is the easiest and most delicious dump and go recipe you will find on the internet! And my kids beg me to make it at least once a week (even when it’s burning hot outside).

Trust me when I say that this corned beef and cabbage slow cooker recipe will become your yearly tradition for dinner on St. Patrick’s Day.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Serves: 4-6

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 7 hours

Total time: about 7 hours

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

3-4 lbs beef brisket

1 T pickling spice

6 large carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces

2 lbs small potatoes 

1 medium head of cabbage, cut into wedges

32 oz low salt beef broth 

How to Make this Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Slow cooker meals are always such a great option, especially for busy moms! A few minutes of quick preparation in the morning and you’ll have a delicious healthy dinner ready in the evening.

For this corned beef and cabbage slow cooker recipe, you’ll start by grabbing your slow cooker, potatoes, carrots, brisket, broth, and seasoning. You’ll add the cabbage at a later time so keep it in the fridge for now!

Prepare your carrots by peeling them and cutting them into 2-inch pieces. The potatoes can be left whole if they are small enough, but you may want to peel them if it’s your preference. 

Next, layer your carrots and potatoes at the bottom of the slow cooker. 

Take your brisket and place it directly on top of the vegetables. Once it’s set in place, pour the beef broth over the meat, carrots, and potatoes. 

Now you will want to sprinkle on your brine seasoning. Many briskets come with brine right on the meat or in the package, so you can skip this step if your meat already is seasoned!

Place the lid on your slow cooker and cook on high for about 6 hours or until the meat is tender.

Now you can grab your cabbage and slice it into medium-sized wedges. Add it to the slow cooker and cook for an additional 45-60 minutes or until cabbage is tender.

When everything looks tender and delicious, it’s time to serve!

Tips and Tricks for Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

  1. Pickling spice can easily be found in your local market, but double-check in your brisket package too! Many briskets come pre-seasoned or include brine in the package! So when you are shopping for this corned beef and cabbage slow cooker recipe, skip the extra grocery list item and go for pre-seasoned brisket. 
  2. Deciding whether or not to remove the skins on your potatoes is all about your personal taste! If you want to save the hassle of peeling them, throw them right in peels-and-all! You might have some little ones, though, who prefer potatoes without peels so do whatever your family likes best. 
  3. For the best slices of this brisket, cut the meat against the grain. Meat has a natural grainline, which means that you can see the strands of meat going in a certain uniform direction. Instead of cutting in line with those strands, cut against them and your meat slices will be tender and perfect!
  4. This corned beef and cabbage slow cooker recipe was intended for a 6-quart slow cooker but you can use whatever size that you have on hand! The important thing is the amount of liquid, so just make sure that you have enough liquid at the bottom of your pan to keep your meat tender and juicy, but not so much that it’s drowning everything. 
  5. Make sure that you layer the potatoes and carrots under the meat. The reason that you want to do this is that it helps everything cook perfectly! It raises up the meat and allows steam to cover the whole brisket and fill it with juicy flavor. 

Can you overcook corned beef in a crockpot? 

If you follow these recipe directions, you should have perfectly corned beef after 6 hours in your slow cooker, but yes it is possible to overcook!

An important thing about cooking meat, or anything really, in the slow cooker is the liquid that you are adding. Even though it cooks low and slow, your slow cooker is still cooking and you need to make sure to add enough liquid to keep everything tender and keep meat from sticking to your pot!

If you have an especially small piece of meat or it looks like it’s cooking quickly, you can always turn your slow cooker down to low or adjust the cooking time. 

How do you know when corned beef is done in a slow cooker? 

There are a few methods you may have heard about checking for corned beef doneness. 

You can always use a fork and if the brisket is cooked it should be almost flaky and come apart easily. You can also check for the color of the meat and do a good test with your eyes.

The safest method is always going to be using a meat thermometer. Especially if you have kids, make sure to test the internal temperature of your corned beef. The internal temperature should be at least 160 degrees if it is fully cooked. 

Do you cook corned beef fat side up or down? 

If you have a heavy ring of flavorful fat or your brisket, you may be wondering how to best place it in your slow cooker.

The truth is, for this corned beef and cabbage slow cooker recipe, it doesn’t really matter how the meat is placed! 

If you were placing the brisket directly on your crockpot surface, you may want to place the fat side up to ensure a better juicy flavor. But since your meat is on a bed of vegetables in this recipe, it should be juicy and delicious regardless.

I almost always place my meat with the fat side up out of habit, but do what you like best!

Share with us in the comments how your Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage turns out! And tag us on Instagram with a picture of your recipe! We would love to see it!

Check out these other great Slow Cooker Recipes!

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Potato Soup

Yield: 10 servings

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes


  • 3-4 lb. beef brisket
  • 1 T. pickling spice (some briskets are packaged with the spice already on)
  • 6 large carrots, cut into approx. 2-in. pieces
  • 2 lbs. small potatoes (peeled or skins on)
  • 1 med. head cabbage, cut into wedges
  • 32 oz. low salt beef broth


    1. Layer potatoes and carrots on the bottom of 6 qt. slow cooker
    2. Place brisket on top of vegetables.
    3. Pour beef broth over meat.
    4. Sprinkle pickling spices on the meat. Don't do this step if you purchased the meat preseasoned.
    5. Cover and cook on high for approx. 6 hours or until meat is tender
    6. Add cabbage wedges and continue to cook for approx. 45-60 minutes or until cabbage is tender.
    7. Remove meat and vegetable to serving platter and slice meat.  Slice against the grain for best slices.

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1 thought on “Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage”

  1. I have cooked this quite a few times for my husband who is 100% Irish. I usually did the quick method in the pressure cooker & I must have had it right . He always ate any that was left over.


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