can you slow cook corned beef

Making corned beef and cabbage in the slow cooker is the easiest way to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day favorite. Our recipe requires just 15 minutes of prep—then the slow cooker does the work.

This Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage is a classic recipe that is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the year. The crockpot makes corned beef melt in your mouth tender.

The slow cooker is the BEST and EASIEST way to make corned beef! You can make this classic recipe below or my Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage or Maple Mustard Corned Beef for St. Patrick’s Day.

What is Corned Beef?

Corned Beef is a salt cured beef product and probably became popular in the 17th century when they began curing meat with salt. For me, corned beef is more like ham than it is like beef. It has the salty flavor and similar texture. It is also known as corned beef brisket.

can you slow cook corned beef

Flat Cut Vs. Point Cut

Corned Beef is usually available in two different cuts, flat cut and point cut. Which should you use?

After a little research I discovered that a flat cut corned beef was the way to go. It is easier to find and it is lean and when cooked properly, it is tender and flavorful. Sliced across the grain, the slices of corned beef are fantastic for sandwiches the next day, or they can be diced for a wonderful meal of corned beef hash. A Point Cut, looks like it’s name, it comes to a point at the end.

can you slow cook corned beef

  • Corned Beef. I used a flat cut. You will also use the pickling spice packet that comes with it.
  • Veggies. Carrots, Red Potatoes, Onion and cabbage is optional
  • Beef Broth.

What is corned beef and what cut should I buy?

  • Corned beef is salt-cured brisket. This is different than plain brisket which has not been cured.
  • Corned beef usually comes with a seasoning packet that often includes: bay leaves, peppercorns, mustard seeds, and dill seeds. This flavor packet creates a wonderfully flavored roast.
  • There are 2 cuts of corned beef; point cut or flat cut.
    • Flat cut – easier to slice evenly (pictured below)
    • Point cut – can have more marbling but usually not uniform in size.

can you slow cook corned beef

  • Corned Beef – Flat cut or point cut, be sure to save the spice packet that comes with it!
  • Onions – Onions aren’t tradionally added to corned beef but adds SO much flavor.
  • Potatoes – I use a mixture of baby red and gold potatoes
  • Carrots – Whole carrots, peeled and sliced thick
  • Garlic cloves (not pictured)- Peeled
  • Water – Helps keeps the entire dish moist, can use beef broth if desired.
  • Cabbage – About a 1/2 head, cut into thin wedges, that’s all will fit in the slow cooker with all the other ingredients.

can you slow cook corned beef

Step One – Add the onions to the bottom of the slow cooker.

Step Two – Add the corned beef and seasoning packet.

Step Three – Add the carrots, potatoes, and garlic; you can peel the potatoes if you prefer. Add the water.

Step Four – You can add the cabbage now or add it during the last two hours of cooking. If you add now, the cabbage will be ultra-tender.

can you slow cook corned beef

Step Five – Cook on HIGH For five hours or LOW for 8 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.

Making corned beef and cabbage in the slow cooker is the easiest way to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day favorite. Our recipe requires just 15 minutes of prep—then the slow cooker does the work.


Is it better to boil or slow cook corned beef?

Instead: Regardless of the cooking method, corned beef is best cooked over low heat. A low, gentle simmer on the stovetop or in the slow cooker are two excellent methods for cooking up soft, tender slices of corned beef every time.

Does corned beef get more tender the longer you cook it?

Information. Corned beef is made from one of several less tender cuts of beef like the brisket, rump, or round. Therefore, it requires long, moist cooking. Corned beef is safe once the internal temperature has reached at least 145 °F, with a three minute rest time, but cooking it longer will make it fork-tender.

Can you slow cook corned beef too long?

Yes, you can over cook anything really. But it would take a long time to overcook corned beef in the crockpot. Corned beef can easily cook on low for 10-12 hours without issues. If you cook it longer it will eventually begin to disintegrate.

How long to cook corned beef on low heat?

Remove Corned Beef from package and place in crock pot and completely cover with water. Cover and cook for approximately 11 hours on low or 5 hours on high, or until firmly fork tender.

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