Sarah's Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe -
Sarah's Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe
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Sarah's Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

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"An Irish classic. Great for St. Paddy's Day!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    7 hrs 20 mins

    7 hrs 35 mins


  1. Place the corned beef into the bottom of a large slow cooker.
  2. Scatter the pickling spice over the brisket.
  3. Layer the celery, carrots, potatoes, and onion atop the brisket, respectively.
  4. Pour the stout beer into the slow cooker. Add enough hot water to the slow cooker to cover the brisket by at least 1 inch.
  5. Cook on High until the brisket reaches the desired consistency, 7 to 8 hours.
  6. Remove the brisket and vegetables from the slow cooker to a large bowl; cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  7. Remove 1 cup of the liquid in the slow cooker; pour into a small pot over medium heat. Cook the liquid until the volume is reduced by about half, about 10 minutes. Transfer the reduced liquid to a small bowl; stir the horseradish and sour cream into the liquid to make a sauce.
  8. Submerge the cabbage wedges in the liquid remaining in the slow cooker; cook until the cabbage softens yet retains some crispiness, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove the cabbage to a platter. Ladle remaining liquid from the slow cooker into a bowl.
  9. Slice the brisket across the grain. Serve with the vegetable mixture, cabbage, horseradish sauce, and liquid from the slow cooker.
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  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 18, 2012

I would add the potatoes, carrots and celery after 4 - 5 hours of cooking time - they were overdone. The sauce of horseradish/sour cream added a great touch.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 04, 2012

The only exception to this recipe I made was to cook 8 hours at Low, instead of High. The meat was done perfectly and the vegetables were cooked wonderfully- not too mushy at all. But I didn't need a recipe to cook a hunk of meat and some veggies. I was looking for flavor-- and I got it; too much! I was skeptical of 3 tablespoons of pickling spice, but went ahead with it. Big mistake. Everything was overpowered by the very strong flavor of the McCormick's brand pickling spice. I also felt like the use of a stout was a waste. I've cooked corned beef and cabbage before without the stout, and I didn't find it to add anything to this dish. The flavor of the beer was completely cooked out. Finally, I found the texture of the Savoy cabbage to be unpleasant. I definitely would have preferred plain old green cabbage. The one redeeming quality in this recipe is the sauce, which is pretty good, but really not anything too unique. I will never use this recipe again, and would not recommend it.

Mar 10, 2012

looks easy and we are having a big dinner Wed.

Mar 17, 2012

This is incredible. I have never had corned beef fall apart like this did (it's a good thing). Kind of a purist and was feeling kind of weird about a sauce on corned beef...But it was quite tasty!

Mar 21, 2013

The meat was very good, but beer gave an odd taste to the veggies. Two of my family commented (and only tasted the veggies) and I hadn't even told them I'd cooked the corned beef with stout beer. I don't plan to use this recipe next time.

Mar 20, 2012

Great, easy recipe. The corned beef was so tender and juicy.

Mar 19, 2014

This is great the beer and horseradish adds a nice tang it was a hit


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  • Calories
  • 608 kcal
  • 30%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.8 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 129 mg
  • 43%
  • Fat
  • 37 g
  • 57%
  • Fiber
  • 7.3 g
  • 29%
  • Protein
  • 39.1 g
  • 78%
  • Sodium
  • 2918 mg
  • 117%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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