Sunday's Corned Beef Recipe
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Sunday's Corned Beef Recipe

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Here’s an old Irish recipe I’ve been making for decades—and not just on St. Patrick’s Day—because it’s so fast and easy to prepare! —Pam Allen, Lebanon, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 corned beef briskets with spice packets (3 pounds each)
  • 1 medium head cabbage, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 bottle (2 liters) ginger ale
  • 1/4 cup mixed pickling spices
  • 8 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. Discard spice packets from corned beef or save for another use. Place briskets in a Dutch oven; add cabbage. Pour ginger ale over top. Place pickling spices on a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of cloth and tie with string to form a bag. Add to pan.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until meat is tender, adding potatoes during the last 20 minutes of cooking. Discard spice bag.
  3. Remove meat and vegetables to a serving platter. Thinly slice brisket across the grain and serve with vegetables. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Sunday's Corned Beef in Simple & Delicious February/March 2013, p16

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Reviewed May. 7, 2015

"Made this for St Patrick's Day, it was easy to make and tasted great!"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

"I'm more traditional...I cook beef,then add potatoes,carrots,celery,and cabbage. after meat is done,I cook veggies and glaze beef w/mustard and brown sugar and pop in oven to glaze for a few minutes. Delicious!!"

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

"Was excellent. Made recipe exactly."

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

"kittysd, the spice packets are included in the package of corned beef."

Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"Why does it say to buy corn beef with spice packets, then tell you to disguard them??? Do they use a different cut of meat when packaged with spices? Are the spices that different from pickling spices?"

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