Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

A Deliciously Easy St. Patrick’s Day Meal with a Guinness Twist

Craving a hearty and flavorful meal that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any chilly evening? Look no further than this Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe with a delightful twist! We’ve taken the classic dish to a new level by incorporating the rich and complex flavors of Guinness Stout, alongside the sweetness of parsnips and the delicate bite of baby onions.

A Culinary Journey Through Time:

Corned beef and cabbage, a quintessential Irish dish, has a rich history dating back to the 17th century. Originally, Irish immigrants in America substituted readily available corned beef for the traditional Irish salt beef, leading to the creation of this iconic dish. Over time, it became a staple St. Patrick’s Day meal, symbolizing the resilience and cultural heritage of the Irish community.

Slow Cooker Convenience

This recipe embraces the convenience of a slow cooker, making it ideal for busy weeknights or casual gatherings. Simply throw in the ingredients and let your slow cooker work its magic, while you focus on other tasks or enjoy the company of loved ones.

If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can use a Le Creuset Dutch oven or another large pot suitable for stovetop cooking. Follow the same instructions, but simmer the ingredients over low heat for 3-4 hours, or until the corned beef is tender, before adding the cabbage and baby onions.

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The Magic of Guinness

Adding Guinness Stout to the braising liquid elevates the flavor profile of the corned beef and cabbage. The beer’s subtle bitterness and roasted notes perfectly complement the savory flavors of the meat and vegetables, creating a depth of complexity that will tantalize your taste buds.

Tips for Success

  • Don’t peek! Resist the urge to open the slow cooker frequently, as this can release heat and extend the cooking time.
  • Adjust the vegetables: Feel free to substitute other vegetables like potatoes, turnips, or Brussels sprouts for some of the carrots, parsnips, or cabbage.
  • Serve the Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage with onions, carrots and potatoes.

This Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe with Guinness is sure to become a St. Patrick’s Day favorite! It’s a delicious and easy way to celebrate the holiday or enjoy a comforting meal any time of year.

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Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Recipe by Jason Hill –
This Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe is made extra rich with the addition of Guinness Stout. If you don't want to use beer, you can use chicken broth. Just remember to omit the sugar since it’s meant to counteract the bitterness of the Guinness Stout.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Servings 8


  • 4 pounds corned beef brisket
  • 3 Tb. Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup brown sugar Start with 1/4 cup and add to taste as it stews
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 cup parsnips chopped and peeled
  • 12 baby onions peeled
  • 15 small mixed fingerling potatoes red, yellow, purple
  • 14.9 oz. Guinness stout or chicken broth
  • 1 head cabbage cored and cut into small wedges


  • Chop and measure out all ingredients.
  • Cover corned beef brisket with mustard and brown sugar. Place in a large Crock Pot or slow cooker.
  • Arrange carrots, parsnips, baby onions and potatoes around brisket and cover with the Guinness Stout.
  • Heat everything, covered, on low for 8-10 hours. During the 9th or last hour of cooking, add the cabbage wedges and allow to soften to your desired texture.
  • If using Guinness, give it a taste with a spoon and add a bit more brown sugar if it seems bitter. But the flavors will mellow.
  • When ready to serve, remove corned beef and let sit on a cutting board about 10 minutes before slicing. Then, cut into slices against the grain. Serve in a bowl with the cabbage, veggies and a bit of broth.
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  • If using chicken broth instead of beer, omit the sugar since it’s meant to counteract the bitterness of the Guinness Stout.
Keyword cabbage, carrots, corned beef, crock pot, Irish recipes, potatoes, slow cooker
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