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Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

I first tried this fuss-free way to cook traditional corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day a few years ago. Now it's a regular in my menu planning. This is terrific with Dijon mustard and crusty bread. —Karen Waters, Laurel, Maryland
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 4 large red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 corned beef brisket with spice packet (2-1/2 to 3 pounds), cut in half
  • 1 small head cabbage, cut into wedges


  • 1. Place the onion, potatoes and carrots in a 6- to 7-qt. slow cooker. Combine the water, garlic, bay leaf, sugar, vinegar, pepper and contents of spice packet; pour over vegetables. Top with brisket and cabbage.
  • 2. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until meat and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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backwoodscooker User ID: 7744359 265436
Reviewed May. 2, 2017

"So Yummy!!! Worth the tad bit of work to make it. Just make sure you have a sharp knife on hand to cut the beef in half. :D"

muffbear74 User ID: 209131 263571
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2017

"A nice wa y to prepare if you have a little time in the morning and not in the afternoon. Very tasty."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 263486
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2017

"I make this using all the same ingredients but cook it in the oven. I guess I 'm " old school " not growing up w/ a crock pot. Delicious!!"

blonddee User ID: 3223008 263442
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2017

"I use a bottle of Kilt Lifter Beer as the liquid cooking meat on low for 7 hours. Remove meat from crockpot, wrap in aluminum foil and keep warm. Move cooking liquid to a large stock pot, add carrots and potatoes, bring to boil and cook until almost done. Add quartered cabbage and cook until soft but not mushy. I prefer to chop cabbage and cook in skillet with sliced onion and diced bacon until done. Slice meat and serve with cooked potatoes and carrots. Serve cabbage in separate dish."

sarah2830 User ID: 2581651 256404
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2016

"This recipe was awful. It lacked flavor. The vegetables were mushy & the meat was dry and tough."

suekg User ID: 3417903 249351
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2016

"I didn't have any cabbage, just dumped in a one pound bag of baby carrots and peeled and chunked up some russets. I had the crockpot on low for several hours then switched to high to cut a couple hours of cooking time. Was super easy and tasty."

Wieners User ID: 1845812 247169
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2016

"This was good. It is salty though. I made it without the cider vinegar because I didn't have any. I followed the review suggestions and took some of the broth out of the crockpot and used that to boil the cabbage by its self. We really liked it that way."

cmg817 User ID: 8721220 245605
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

"this is an excellent recipe for CB&C. Throw everything in a crock pot in the morning and enjoy a delicious meal in the evening. i only used 1/2 head of cabbage cut into 6 wedges since that was all that would fit in the crockpot."

mommayor User ID: 6425768 227785
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2015

"This was amazing! I cooked it for 6 and 1/2 hours. Meat was very tender. This was the first time I ever cooked corned beef. Will do again."

yuehching User ID: 224401 223868
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2015

"easy and delicious. I added the cabbage about 30 minutes at the end of the cooking time. It turned out perfect."

kredhead User ID: 710648 223076
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2015 Edited Mar. 12, 2017

"My go-to corned beef recipe, unbelievable flavor. It's tough to fit the cabbage in once everything else is in the crock. I leave the cabbage out & at the end of cooking time I pull everything out & keep warm. I then place the cabbage in a pot on the stovetop & cover with the spiced leftover liquid from the crockpot. The cabbage tastes so nice cooked in that liquid. I use penzeys pickling spice if my corned beef doesn't come with the spice pack. If I am using a Dutch oven, I use this spice mixture combined with the "favorite corned beef" recipe notes for cooking on the stovetop."

pyhurs2 User ID: 7827062 222821
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2015

"Yes I have always made corned beef on top of the stove .My friend was saying I should use a slowcooker I suppose I could do it this way it should turn out pretty good."

[email protected] User ID: 6956004 32352
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"Could not fit everything in my 5 qt slow cooker. Next time I'll use fewer potatoes. I used small red potatoes. Served it with creole mustard and it was fantastic!"

ckoenig47 User ID: 7487107 32329
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2014

"I have never made a Corned beef dinner using a crockpot...always on the stove, for 50 years! Always good and our family loved it! But, now I was looking for a fuss-free simple way to just basically throw all of it together at one time and just be able to forget about it, and get on with other things for the day...worry free! Sooo, I liked the sounds of this recipe , and gave it a try for the very first was excellent! Simple, and lots of flavor! I am not a fan of Cabbage, but this time it was much better than usual. Not the same ole' bland taste...had a nice bite to it! I have now decided when I want to make a Corned beef dinner, I will use this recipe and a crock more simmering and watching on the stove!"

JollyGee User ID: 6146550 32328
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"I make this every year and it turns out great! The meat is very tender and so are the vegetables. The only thing I did different from the recipe is I used a bag of petite red potatoes instead of the four large ones. Everything had good taste!"

KimRC User ID: 6497442 25290
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"Simple, Tender, and definately a repeat. The corned beef I picked up did not have a spice pack and so I just made it without and still great.... definately a yearly repeat if not more."

Darlene356 User ID: 188082 69075
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"Too much food for a 5-qt slow cooker. Cabbage was washed out and it had no flavor. In fact, the whole dish had no corned beef & cabbage flavor; probably too many spices."

Stampincat User ID: 6827493 24059
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"I have this cooking right now. We will be on vacation for St. Patrick's Day (our 35th) so I wanted to make it before we left. Was very simple to put together and smells divine. I am doing it on high and will put the cabbage in when there is about 30 minutes left. I only gave it 4 stars because I actually haven't tasted it yet."

Brandyllb User ID: 4296032 28501
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2013

"For me, I don't like sweet. I use 1/2 bottle of Stout (Guinness) and balance the rest with beef stock (unsalted). The beer makes the brisket tender. Putting the cabbage on top prevents it from turning "as" gray. Last year was my first year using this recipe, but it got rave reviews (and I loved the leftovers). Happy St. Patty's Day."

wmssquad User ID: 2540812 203015
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2012

"My first time using the slow cooker to make a corned beef dinner. I used all of the ingredients, but waited until the last 45 minutes to add the cabbage and moved the cooker setting to high at that point. Whole family enjoyed it. I will definitely make this again."

jenmaro User ID: 497457 24058
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2012

"I love this recipe. My family has enjoyed this since it came out in the quick Cooking magazine back in 1999. It's very easy & delicious, especially for working people. I like that the cabbage is on top, rather than in another recipe on this site, where it was mixed in with the carrots and potatoes and got very soggy. The flavors are wonderful. I usually buy a bigger corned beef & do it in a 6-quart slow cooker with just a little less cabbage. That way there are leftovers of the corned beef. This is an excellent recipe for St. Patrick's Day or anytime. Make sure to buy the "flat" cut beef and not the "point," as the point cut is much fattier, probably 1/2 fat or more. :)"

ibkoala User ID: 6127111 203014
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

"I understand why BP54 said it tasted bland.. The addition of all the spices, sugar, onion and apple juice to the cooker is fine. I always cook the veggies in their own separate pots... I want my carrots to taste like carrots, potatoes to taste like potatoes, and I don't want them overdone.. I DO however, take a couple ladles of juice out of the crockpot and add it to the cabbage while cooking... Cabbage is just too overbearing to be cooked with the corned beef or veggies..."

cottoncandyhigh User ID: 6126230 32324
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2011

"Very easy and turned out great on St. Patty's day!"

bp354 User ID: 3799696 69073
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"I'm sorry, but my family found this to be a rather tasteless meal. Additionally, the meat - and especially the cabbage - soaked up the flavor of the vinegar, which masked the true essence of both. Disappointing results for us."

Toni51 User ID: 3872187 32585
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"I was debating whether to use this recipe for St. Patrick's Day dinner, or another recipe from I finally decided to use this one, with some minor changes gleaned from the other one.

Instead of three cups of water, I used 12 ounces of beer and 12 ounces of water. Who knows if I'm right, but I figured the beer would obviate the need for sugar and vinegar. (Made sense to me at the time.)
Also based on the AllRecipes version, I didn't put the cabbage in until the last two hours of cooking time. It practically turned to mush, so next time I'll wait even longer before putting in the cabbage.
Five stars to this recipe for being a guiding point. The flavor and ease of preparation of my slightly altered version were great. Thank you, Karen Waters, for submitting this!"

Ab0628 User ID: 3440719 28497
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"This was my first attempt ever at corned beef and cabbage, and I loved it. Reading the reviews of others, I did not do the cider vinegar or sugar. I did two cups of apple juice and one cup of water. This meal turned out beautifully. Thanks! I will definitely make again... probably not just on St. Patrick's Day."

Dinah353 User ID: 1151448 71566
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"I make this every year. MMMMMMM! The only thing I do different is about 1 hr before were about to eat I put Cabbage in stock pot with chicken stock and I pour the fixings from slow cooker in it also and boil it . I don't like cabbage in slow cooker for 9 hours It comes out so tender."

ErinLassie User ID: 1339155 25215
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"I used this recipe as a guide for doing my stove top method... For over 50 yrs our Irish American family has added 1 large tblsp of mustard (brown, horseradish -- no yellow, delli,, etc to the water -- It helps to tenderize the meat... If you make a boiled dinner w/ ham you also do the mustard. I also add 4 small turnips on the bottom w/ the carrots and potatoes (I used larger carrots and cut them down).. I used a bay leaf and peppercorns (a small handful -- about 1 tsp) to the pot... This is our stove top dish made in the slow cooker ... awesome!!!"

Live2Cook User ID: 1011121 32583
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010

"Classic flavors in a slow cooker. I make this every year for St. Patrick's Day."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 51185
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2010

"I loved cooking the corned beef in the slow cooker. Brisket turned out very moist. Don't forget to cut AGAINST the grain for tender slices."

jllove User ID: 1407405 51184
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"I have been making this recipe since it was posted in 1999. I am now using a roaster to cook this as I cook 2 corned beefs. I invite all of my extended family (about 20 people) to enjoy this wonderful meal. This is my favorite corned beef and cabbage recipe!"

thetanners2004 User ID: 2297752 24055
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2010

"quick to prepare. The whole family enjoyed it."

mslatvia56 User ID: 2694821 62529
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2010

"EXCELLENT!!! A Paddy's Day MUST!

Inese in VA..."

b_layman_32 User ID: 723 52548
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"We tried this recipe. It is a really good recipe. I really like it dipped in the mustard. We will make this recipe again."

kylady1114 User ID: 103588 70102
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2009

"leave out sugar!"

iamfrodo User ID: 1040564 203013
Reviewed May. 2, 2009

"My husband and I eat corned beef and cabbage all the time, but this was the first time in a slow cooker. We didn't like the sweet taste the sugar and possibly the vinegar gave it, so next time I will eliminate them from the recipe. Denise from N.Y."

twinkle8o3 User ID: 1013923 24052
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2009

"I guess I'm in the minority here, but I thought this recipe was awful. I've made corned beef many times and I thought the sugar in this recipe gave it a really horrible taste. I'm very disappointed."

balmyseas User ID: 3500279 19893
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2008

"slow cooker is the only way to cook corned beef in my opinion.

Joanne Gurr, IN"

jane serafin User ID: 2566314 62524
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2008

"re: Corned beef & Cabbage

It should be noted if you limit you intake of salt this recipe will be very salty on your taste buds (beef, carrots, potatoes). Best to use the "boil" method instead."

ruth50a User ID: 2704223 51183
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2008

"This was excellent!!! This is the first time I have cooked Corned beef and was surprised how easy and tasty this was. Thanks so much.

Evelyn Wollmann, Fedora, SD"

mountain cook User ID: 2806042 51182
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2008

"Mary Bone thanks for the tip on the cabbage, I cook mine in the slow cooker( I'm at work all day) Then glaze in the oven. "

Mary Bone User ID: 1568088 71518
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2008

"I love to experiment and a couple of years ago I decided to try cooking our Corned beef in beer. I just buy the cheapest quart or liter bottle of beer in the grocery. Pour the beer over the meat in a slow cooker. If the beer does not completely cover the meat, I just add water. Also, I usually toss the spices that come with the corned beef and add a tea ball-ful of Penzey's corned beef spice mixture. Since none of my family likes the super cabbage-y taste, I steam the cabbage with some of the beer liquid, and then the cabbage is crispy tender, rather than olive drab (like Mom's was in the day). Mary Bone"

C1PNR User ID: 87128 24050
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2008

"If you are buying a "Corned" brisket, most of the recipes I have call for "mixed pickling spices" and maybe some cracked peppercorns.  Starting from scratch is a "whole 'nother story" and I suggest an online search. 

BTW, if you can find a "Corned" tri tip roast, you'll never go back to brisket!  Years ago I did business with a small butcher shop that did his own tri tips.  Man do I miss that shop!"

02281935 User ID: 668270 69072
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2008

"In place of the water I use Apple Juice and I find that it makes the meat very tender. Following cooking I also mix Brown Sugar and Mustard along with Apple Juice for moisture and rub it over the meat. Place in a pre-heated 350deg. over for about 15min."

jmoultroup User ID: 2708738 69069
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2008

"Re: Corned beef and Cabbage

What seasoning is contained in the spice packet?"

jneu User ID: 1109560 32580
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2008

"Sounds really great, can't wait to try it.


pgirl555 User ID: 996648 51181
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2008

"Find extra added flavor and vitamins add some turnips or rutabagas to the pot. Cooked in the broth these vegetables are really good."

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