The one time a year I eat corned beef is St. Patrick’s Day. Do grocery stores even sell it at any other time? I’ve never seen it except for right around St. Patrick’s. I wonder why? Regardless, I tried my hand at making this hearty, traditional meal of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. I stuck everything in the slow cooker, and once again, it proved to be so easy! (see my easy pulled pork version here)
If you’re not a fan of the hearty meat and potatoes meal, you can make just the corned beef in the slow cooker, and turn it into sliders. The credit for that idea goes to my friend Roseanne, who made super cute sliders with sauerkraut and mustard for her St. Patrick’s Day party. A nice twist on the traditional, and super cute!
Since everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day (and Mr. Smith is half-Irish, so I get to claim it by association, right?), try your hand at making some homemade corned beef, and don’t forget the Guinness! (note: corned beef is not actually considered a native Irish food, but an Irish-American one. It is also known as the New England boiled dinner.)
Slow Cooker Corned Beef
Try your hand at making some homemade slow cooker corned beef, and don’t forget the Guinness!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours, 15 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
- 4 potatoes
- 1/2 bag of baby carrots
- 2 lbs corned beef
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- 1 small head of cabbage
- Peel the potatoes and cut into chunks. Add to the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Add the baby carrots to the slow cooker, on top of the potatoes.
- Add the corned beef to the slow cooker, fatty side up. If needed, cut the corned beef into chunks to fit in the slow cooker.
- Add the water to the slow cooker.
- Sprinkle the sugar and some salt over the corned beef.
- If the corned beef came with a little packet of spices, sprinkle those over the meat.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 10 hours. With an hour to go, cut up the cabbage into chunks and add it to the slow cooker, just on top of the meat. Sprinkle with a bit of salt. Helpful hint: set a timer to remind yourself when to add the cabbage (9 hours in to the cooking), and another timer when to turn off the slow cooker!
- To serve the corned beef, first remove the fat from the top, then either cut into slices and serve with the cabbage, potatoes, and carrots, or shred the corned beef to make sliders. Serve those with shredded cabbage (or sauerkraut) and mustard on slider buns.