This Corned Beef and Cabbage Slow Cooker recipe packs all of the deliciousness of corned beef into a meal that cooks itself. Tender Corned Beef and cabbage, carrots, & potatoes all cooked to perfection in the Crock Pot makes for an effortless meal.
Talk about a stroke of good fortune on St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the year!
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The Best Recipe for Corned Beef and Cabbage!

I’m often asked “What is the best recipe for corned beef and cabbage?” and I have to admit that I’m partial to this slow cooker recipe!

This Crock Pot Corned Beef & Cabbage recipe is best cooked in a 6QT slow cooker (or larger) as it really fills the crock.  Add your potatoes a few hours into the cooking process, so that they cook for about 5-6 hours, this will keep them from getting mushy. Add the cabbage 2 hours before you plan to serve the meal.

If you’ve never made corned beef before, it’s actually easy to make but it is important to keep in mind, corned beef (and beef brisket in general) is a tough cut of meat until it is properly cooked. If it is tough, it simply hasn’t cooked for long enough, leave it in the slow cooker and give it a little more time.

Before cutting you’ll always want to allow your corned beef to rest as this is the secret to a great cut of meat. Once rested, cut against the grain to result in corned beef that is juicier, fork tender and more flavorful..

There are a few really important tips you need to be aware of when making any brisket recipe (including this crock pot corned beef recipe).

How to Cook Corned Beef to Make it Tender

  • Low & Slow: Brisket is a tough cut of meat and to get the very best results, it should be cooked low and slow.  In this recipe, I use the slow cooker and I make sure to use the low setting.
  • Give it time: This goes back to “slow”… this recipe calls for 8-10 hours and mine usually takes closer to 10.  If your corned beef is tough, there’s a good chance it didn’t cook long enough.
  • Rest your meat: As with most meats, allow it to rest for a few minutes before slicing.
  • Cut across the grain: Brisket has long fibrous strands so it is very important to cut across the grain.  In fact, this is one of the most important parts of this recipe!!

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What Spices go on Corned Beef?

Corned Beef is beef brisket which has been cured and brined.  When sold it often comes already seasoned or with a seasoning packet.  The seasonings include beautifully fragrant spices such as whole allspice, peppercorns, mustard seeds, coriander to name a few.  If your corned beef doesn’t have the spices you can add a couple of tablespoons pickling spices, a few peppercorns and a bay leaf.  Bundle them up in cheesecloth and toss them into the slow cooker.

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to enjoy an easy slow cooker recipe like Corned Beef and Cabbage. Using a crock pot makes this meal almost effortless!

This Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe creates a one of a kind, delicious dinner that your family will love! Since it’s already a complete meal, we most often serve it with 30 Minute Dinner Rolls or Easy Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits and a simple side salad.

I have a feeling you want to make this year round! This easy corned beef and cabbage recipe contains a complete meal all in one, tender corned beef, potatoes, sweet carrots and cabbage.

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Slow Cooker Recipe

This Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe packs all of the deliciousness of corned beef into a meal that cooks itself. Talk about a stroke of good fortune on St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the year!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 corned beef brisket 3-4 pounds
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 ½ - 3 cups water
  • 2 pounds potatoes peeled & quartered
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 1 small head of cabbage cut into wedges


  • Chop onion into large chunks and place in the bottom of a 6 qt slow cooker. Top with corned beef and seasoning packet.
  • Pour water into slow cooker until it just about covers the corned beef. Add garlic and bay leaves.
  • Cook on low 8-10 hours.
  • After the initial 3 hours, add potatoes and carrots to the slow cooker.
  • Two hours before serving, add cabbage wedges to the slow cooker.
  • Remove corned beef from slow cooker and let rest 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with potatoes, carrots and cabbage.



Once cooked your corned beef should be tender (mine usually cooks closer to the 10 hour time).  Appliances can vary, if your corned beef is not tender, it likely needs to cook longer.
It is essential to cut your corned beef across the grain.
Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
4.99 from 1047 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 592 | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 2817mg | Potassium: 1653mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3545IU | Vitamin C: 136.9mg | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 9.5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American

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  1. Delicious, I never thought of using bay leaves In corned beef, even though I have some! It does add a little something extra to the dish. I’ve also never used garlic in my corned beef, now I always will! Thanks!5 stars

  2. My first time making this sort of dish and followed recipe to the T. I have nothing to compare it to, but my significant other said it was absolutely amazing! Corned beef was flavorful and tender, potatoes done perfectly, cabbage had that crunch to it but was done! Another recipe score! He said “I have no idea what you could add to it to make it even better! Thank you!5 stars

  3. I’m not finished making this yet but I want to point out a big inconsistency… 3 cups of water barely covers the bottom of a 6 qt slow cooker, let alone almost covering the corned beef. Did you mean 3 qts? Tell me soon!

    1. The corned beef will not be completely covered in liquid for us, it reaches part way up the corned beef. You can add a little bit ore liquid if needed.

  4. Good flavors but my potatoes and carrots were mush. I think I will steam them seperate next time to not chance them turning to mush. Not sure why since other people that commented had no issues ‍♀️5 stars

  5. Followed the recipe but put the carrots in an hour later than the potatoes. When I went to put the cabbage in, the potatoes and carrots were disintegrating into the liquid. Wayyyy too early to put the veg in. Now I have a ruined dinner.2 stars

    1. Oh no, I am sorry to hear that Sarah! When cooking this dish on low we have never had that issue so I am not sure what happened but that is disappointing.