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Slow Cooker Corned Beef Brisket

This slow cooker corned beef brisket recipe that’s amazing! If you want to know how to cook corned beef brisket and cabbage in the crockpot it’s super easy to do and should definitely be made more often than just on St. Patrick’s Day. Fresh or frozen corned beef in Crock Pot is delicious.

easy slow cooker corned beef brisket

Next month is St. Patrick’s Day and I am all about my Crockpot, so why not figure out how to make a slow cooker corned beef brisket with potatoes and cabbage to tender and delicious. One of our favorite crockpot recipes. (affiliate links present)

Corned Beef Brisket Recipe

I make a killer whole chicken in a crockpot so there had to be a way to cook corned beef in the crockpot too. Made with the same idea, with potatoes underneath that work as trivets to keep it out of the beer below. Longer than our easy Instant Pot corned beef and cabbage but just as wonderful.

This is an easy crock pot corned beef and cabbage recipe that you basically throw in and is done 8 hours later! Just add one more hour if you are forgetful and you have to cook it from rock solid. That is right, we have directions above on how to cook frozen corned beef in Crock Pot here too!

Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….

  1. This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
  2. I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.

Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉


Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage

This will produce the tenderest piece of meat that’s full of flavor and you literally let the pot do all the work. It’s so good we make it in the crockpot during the year “just because.”

Here’s a quick look at just how easy it is to make. In about 20 minutes I can throw everything in, turn it on and when we’re back from a day together it is ready!

corned beef and cabbage recipe

Slow Cooker Corned Beef Brisket

You will need a larger crockpot for this recipe, this is the one I like. The locking device on both sides is important to really keep the heat and steam inside. I have found that some without it don’t work as well and take a bit longer.

How long to cook corned beef in slow cooker on high

First off I do not recommend this, but it can be done. With large pieces of meat, especially those with connective tissues that need to be broken down, low and slow is best. If you need to cook brisket on high it is 4 hours that is necessary. Cook time will vary depending on the size you use of course.

  • Piece of corned beef
    • plus pickling spices found in the bag
    • you can make your own seasoning packet but I’ve never bought one without the spices needed
    • I used a point cut for this one but I have bought both before
  • Head of cabbage
  • Liquid – water and/or beer (I really suggest a blonde ale)
  • A few potatoes – 2 russet or 4 red potatoes
  • Some like to add a bay leaf, I usually don’t

Is it better to cook corned beef with beer or water?

Beer or no beer? I will say I am not a beer drinker BUT it is a must when cooking this cut of meat. The flavor it lends to everything inside that post is just amazing. Most of the alcohol cooks off with the heat so that shouldn’t be a reason to not use it. I suggest a light lager.

Corned beef in the crockpot

How to Cook Corned Beef Brisket in Slow Cooker

Let’s talk about the trivets we use, potatoes!! Yes, this recipe calls for a few whole taters to be used to raise the meat above the liquid.

  • Unlike our dutch oven corned beef and cabbage that we submerge, this one is different.
  • The cooking time is similar, you cover and cook both in a similar fashion but the steam in the Crockpot keeps it nice and moist. Therefore, you don’t need it to be inside the beer the whole time.

You can choose russets or red potatoes, they both work well so just go with what you will enjoy best with your meal.

Which cut of corned beef is the best?

The flat cut is leaner and features a more consistent thickness. The point cut is the thicker end of the brisket, fattier, with inter-muscular fat or marbling. A whole brisket, which includes both the flat and the point, probably is the best choice if you are feeding a really large crowd, though that would need to be sliced in half since only half will fit.

Corn beef crock pot recipe

Should corned beef be fat side up or down in a slow cooker?

It should be on the top and here is why; Think about it, with the fat layer on the top with the heat it will essentially melt and ooze down on to the rest of the beef. Fat = flavor so this will add the most flavor you can when slow cooking it this way.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef Recipe

Use 4 small russet or red potatoes that are about the same size. On the larger side if using red potatoes. I typically use red when making our pressure cooker brisket because my family prefer them.

  • Pierce them with a fork and place them on the bottom close together so it creates a kind of “stand” for your corned beef. This will make your meat less mushy on the bottom.
    • Add more quartered potatoes & onion around them if you want.
  • Put your piece of corned beef on top of them with the fattiest side of meat facing up
  • Pour 5 cups of liquid (we used 4 c. water + 1 c. beer) on the top of everything.
  • Sprinkle your corned beef spice packet on top of your meat.
  • Close lid
  • Set to low for 8 hours
    • I don’t recommend to cook on high as it gets more tender low and slow
  • 1/2 hour to 45 minutes before eating add cabbage leaves to the top so they soften

Then enjoy. I guarantee you will want to make this more than once a year and y’all are going to fight over those “trivets”!

crockpot corned beef and cabbage

Can you overcook corned beef in a Crockpot?

It is definitely possible to overcook beef in the crock pot, resulting in a cut of beef that is bordering too soft. This recipe calls for cooking on low for 8 hours. If you leave it for more than an hour or so beyond this you may have this issue so plan accordingly.

How do you know when corned beef is done in a slow cooker?

Of course this cut of St. Patricks Day meat can be cooked on top of the stove or in the oven but THIS way in our opinion is best. Once it is fork-tender, that’s a good indication that it’s done to perfection.

  • Of course you can use a meat thermometer to be sure but if you use a fork to pull away a bite and there’s NO need for a knife to cut it it’s time to dig in.
  • Cook until the internal temperature has reached at least 160 degrees.
  • Remember that corned beef may still be pink in color after cooking.

How to Make Corned Beef in Crockpot with Beer

The liquid can be substituted if you like. Beer gives it a great flavor but broth or water could be used instead if you like. I mean anything would work. One year I was totally out of it and forgot all about buying a few cans. I actually used apple juice instead and it worked, not with as much of the classic flavors but did the trick.

Slow cooker corned beef brisket recipe

Allow the meat to rest for a good 10 minutes before you slice beef against the grain. Serve with cabbage and potatoes together and enjoy!

How do you store leftover corned beef?

Any corned beef left overs from a meal should be cooled completely first. Move into airtight containers and should be refrigerated within 2 hours of cooking or reheating. Use this beef within 3 to 4 days, or freeze for up to 2 to 3 months. Make one of our simple cabbage recipes fresh and serve together.

Same goes if you made our Ninja Foodi corned beef and cabbage that is much quicker.

What can I do with leftover corned beef and cooked cabbage?

Well the cabbage is not worth saving if you ask us. We never have any left over anyway, but it will continue to wilt and become a mushy mess. BUT the meat has endless possibilities like these:

  1. Corned beef and egg sandwich. Chop up some of that corned beef and cook it with potato, onion, and a little flour to hold it together as a patty.
  2. Dice it up and throw it into any sort of soup you have like adding protein to minestrone soup.
  3. Diced up and thrown into tacos with cabbage slaw and taziki sauce
  4. Beef up some quesadillas with what you have leftover for a yummy lunch.
  5. Make personal pizzas for everyone and substitute instead of pepperoni.
  6. If you happen to have any leftovers you will enjoy our homemade corned beef hash recipe!
  7. And try our corned beef soup too that’s like chowder, creamy and delicious.
leftover corned beef recipe

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Slow Cooker Corned Beef Brisket

Easy slow cooker corned beef brisket recipe that cooks all day, is super juicy, and full of flavor! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or year round.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine irish
Keyword brisket, cabbage, corned beef, crockpot, easy, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 31kcal




  • Pierce and wash 4 potatoes and put together in middle of crockpot. 
  • Quarter other potatoes, and slice onion. Place around whole potatoes in middle. 
  • Rinse corned beef brisket and place on top of the 4 large potatoes (your stand). 
  • Pour 5 c. of liquid over meat. We used 4 c. water and 1c. beer.
  • Sprinkle corned beef spice packet on top of brisket. Put lid on and cook on low for 8 hours. 
  • 30 min-1 hr before serving put large leaves of cabbage on top of brisket and put lid on again to steam until desired “doneness”. Serve!


Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Corned Beef Brisket
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 31
% Daily Value*
Sodium 29mg1%
Potassium 161mg5%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 2605IU52%
Vitamin C 22.2mg27%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
slow cooker corned beef brisket
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Terena Reñison

Sunday 17th of March 2024

I never made corn beef.cant wait to try.

Ron Easler

Sunday 10th of March 2024

Why won't you answer quwstions about the cook times in your recipe?

The Typical Mom

Monday 11th of March 2024

What are you referring to? The cook time is listed in the recipe card at the bottom with all the directions.


Sunday 26th of March 2023

WHy is total cooks time 6 hrs 15 min if it says 8 hrs ??

Fred Cruz II

Tuesday 19th of July 2022

Can I slow cook the brisket without any veggies and would the rest of the ingredients be the same quantity

The Typical Mom

Saturday 23rd of July 2022

Yes you could leave out the veggies if you really wanted, leave the rest the same


Friday 12th of March 2021

i made corn beef, cabbage, and potato pierogis using leftovers and it came out great. pan frying the pierogis really adds a nice crunch to the experience.

The Typical Mom

Saturday 13th of March 2021


The Typical Mom

Friday 12th of March 2021


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