Slow Cooker Corned Beef

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This crockpot corned beef brisket and cabbage recipe is the ultimate way to enjoy a mouthwatering corned beef and cabbage dinner, complete with tender baby potatoes and baby carrots.

Crockpot corned beef brisket and cabbage in the bowl of a slow cooker.

Crockpot Corned Beef Brisket

Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or simply craving a comforting meal, this corned beef slow cooker recipe has got you covered!

This recipe is all about simplicity and convenience. With easy-to-follow steps, it’s perfect for those busy days when you want a hearty meal without the fuss.

Slices of corned beef brisket, baby potatoes, and baby carrots on a white plate.

The slow cooking process yields a melt-in-your-mouth corned beef that’s bursting with so much flavor. Plus, the leftovers are equally delicious, offering easy meals like reubens or corned beef hash throughout the week.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Simple and hands-off cooking in your crockpot.
  • A complete meal in one pot, perfect for busy days.
  • Classic and flavorful, ideal for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
  • Tender, melt-in-your-mouth corned beef.
  • Leftovers are just as tasty for easy meals throughout the week.


This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.

  • Corned Beef– I used a flat cut brisket for this recipe, but you can also use a point cut brisket if you prefer. We will also be using the spice packet that comes with it so be sure to hang on to that.
  • Baby Potatoes– Baby yellow or red potatoes work great in this recipe, but you can also use chopped regular potatoes.
  • Cabbage– A small cabbage head works perfectly for this dish. Cut it into wedges for even cooking.
  • Baby Carrots– These little guys are convenient and cook up nicely in the slow cooker. No need to chop!
  • Cooking Liquid– Use your choice of chicken stock or beef stock. Chicken or beef broth could be used too.
  • Onion– Adds flavor that blends well with the other ingredients in the dish.

Kitchen Supplies

How to Cook Corned Beef Brisket in a Crockpot

This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below. 

Corned beef in crockpot surrounded by cabbage, onions, and carrots.
  1. Layer Ingredients: Place potatoes and carrots in the slow cooker. Add corned beef, fat side up, and surround with onions and cabbage wedges.
  2. Season: Sprinkle seasoning packet over the corned beef.
  3. Add Stock: Pour in chicken stock.
  4. Cook: Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours until corned beef is tender.
  5. Serve: Slice and serve with those deliciously cooked veggies. 


Don’t care for mushy cabbage? Wait to add it until the last 1-2 hours of cook time.

Whole corned beef and cabbage meal in crockpot.

Don’t forget the Irish Soda Bread!


Refrigerator: Store in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.

Freezer: Corned beef can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Allow it to thaw in the refrigerator before reheating in the oven or microwave.

Tips for the Best Corned Beef Brisket

  • Patience Pays Off: Letting it cook low and slow for a long time helps the connective tissue break down for perfectly tender corned beef.
  • Use Leftovers Wisely: Leftover corned beef is perfect for making Reuben sandwiches or corned beef hash the next day.
  • Spicy Kick: Add red pepper flakes or a pinch of cayenne for a spicy twist to your crock pot corned beef brisket.
  • Beer Braised: Replace the chicken stock with your favorite stout or beer for a rich, malty flavor. Guinness is a popular choice. Just pour it in and let it work its magic!
Sliced corned beef with cabbage, carrots and potatoes.

Crock Pot Corn Beef Brisket FAQ

When to add vegetables in a corned beef slow cooker recipe?

You can add the carrots, onion, and potatoes in the beginning and then add the cabbage either in the beginning or in the last 1-2 hours of cooking, depending on preference.

What Is in a corned beef seasoning packet?

The seasoning packets have pickling spices, which often include coriander, mustard seeds, black peppercorns, and bay leaves. It’s what gives corned beef its distinct flavor.

What is the difference between the point cut and flat cut of corned beef?

A butcher separates a whole brisket into the flat cut and the point cut. The flat cut is leaner while the point cut has more marbling. Both work well for corned beef; choose based on your preference.

Crockpot corned beef and vegetables served on a white plate with a glass of iced tea.

More Easy Crock Pot Dinners

Tender and juicy crockpot corned beef brisket with baby potatoes and carrots.
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Crockpot Corned Beef Brisket and Cabbage

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 hours
Total: 8 hours 10 minutes
The best corned beef recipe! Slow cooked with cabbage, potatos, and carrots, this beef brisket is tender and full of flavor. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day dinner!



  • 3-4 pound corned beef brisket with spice packet
  • 1 pound baby potatoes
  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 1 small head of cabbage cut into wedges
  • 1 yellow onion roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock or beef


  • Place potatoes and carrots in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the corned beef with fat side up and surround with the cabbage* and onions.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning packet over the corned beef.
  • Add chicken stock.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until the corned beef is cooked through and tender. Remove corned beef and slice against the grain for maximum tenderness. Serve with vegetables.


*Alternatively you can add the cabbage when just 1-2 hours of cooking time remain so that it doesn’t get overcooked.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.


Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 2182mg | Potassium: 1123mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 7932IU | Vitamin C: 101mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 4mg
Tender and juicy crockpot corned beef brisket with baby potatoes and carrots.

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