Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

    4 Servings


  • 2 pounds corned beef
  • 1 tablespoon pickling spices
  • 10 medium carrots, peeled and cut in half
  • 2 small onions
  • 8 medium red potatoes
  • 1 12 ounce bottle of dark beer
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 10 sprigs dried thyme
  • 1 head cabbage, chopped


  1. In a large slow cooker, place the corned beef on the bottom of the slow cooker (do not rinse off--allow all the juices from the packaging to go inside the slow cooker).
  2. Sprinkle pickling spices on top of the corned beef.
  3. Layer with peeled carrots and onions, followed by whole-medium red potatoes.
  4. Place sprigs of thyme around the slow cooker then pour the beer and water over the ingredients.
  5. Set on low and cook for 7 hours.
  6. Once the corned beef and vegetables have cooked for 7 hours, move around the vegetables to make room for the cabbage.
  7. Submerge the cabbage in as much liquid as possible, place the lid back on the crock pot and place on high for 1 hour.
  8. Slice the Corned Beef against the grain and serve with a grainy mustard.

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  • You know your slow cooker best. Depending on slow cooker brands your cabbage may need to cook longer. Don't serve raw cabbage - it's just wrong. Nor should you serve soggy, over-cooked cabbage. Keep an eye on your slow cooker. To prevent under and over cooking I suggest you check your cabbage at the 30 minute mark. If you don't feel comfortable cooking your cabbage in the slow cooker, simply boil it on the stove top for about 20 minutes or until it is cooked to your liking.
  • My slow cooker is a KitchenAid 6.5 Quart Oval. Please make sure you are using a slow cooker of at least this size and shape for the recipe.

Cooking Method:
Crock Pot
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Author: Katie Jasiewicz
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 480 minutes
Total Time: 505 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 300
Calories 993

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g
  Saturated Fat 13g
Sodium 2420mg
Total Carbohydrate 95g
  Dietary Fiber 13g
  Sugars 17g
Protein 48g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

how do you prep the onions?

Amber @ Paula

Hi Paula,
No prep needed on the onions. They go into the crockpot whole. Just remove the papery skin.
All the best,
Amber | managing editor, food fanatic

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No prep needed on the onions. They go into the crockpot whole. Just remove the papery skin. All the best,
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What is the prep for the cabbage? Recipe does not state.

Amber @ Carolyn

Hi Carolyn,
The cabbage just needs to be chopped so that it will fit in the slow cooker when it's time to add. It'll absorb the flavors of the liquid already in the slow cooker, so no need to season. We've updated the recipe to state this.
All the best,
Amber | managing editor, food fanatic


This recipe does not work. I have a large crockpot, but not everything fit. Plus, nothing was cooked at the end of the time. Had to separate and put in oven and microwave.

Amber @ Penny

I'm so sorry you experienced a problem with this recipe. As you can see from the photos on the main blog post, everything did fit in Katie's slow cooker, so potentially hers is just larger than yours (and with more room, everything would cook in the time specified). I'll do my best to find out exactly what size Katie's slow cooker is and note the recipe.
All the best,
Amber | managing editor, food fanatic