Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Learn how to make slow cooker corned beef and cabbage with rainbow carrots and potatoes, which is the perfect meal for a St. Patrick’s Day feast that the whole family is sure to love.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage -- a showstopper of a meal all in one slow cooker! The kids will love the rainbow carrots! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com

Every year I love seeing recipes that pop up before St. Patrick’s Day. It takes time, creativity, and planning (lots of planning ahead) to pull something like that off. Last year I did manage to get a list up of 15 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes which included Irish Cottage Hand Pies that my husband has been asking for again this year, but when I saw Rachel’s list of 75 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes, (wow, 75 amazing ideas!) I couldn’t get the thought of St. Patrick’s Day recipes out of my head. In particular, the quintessential dish of corned beef and cabbage.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage -- a showstopper of a meal all in one slow cooker! The kids will love the rainbow carrots! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com

I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making corned beef and cabbage and have been so super impressed by my mother-in-law who makes it every year. I asked her what her secret is, and she laughed and told me it was probably one of the simplest dishes she has ever made, and that all that was required was a slow cooker and the ingredients. After that, you just set it and forget it.

So I went to get the ingredients, which proved to be more difficult than I had thought. I guess when you’re looking for a corned beef brisket in January the grocery stores think you’re crazy because they only start carrying them in late February-early March (which makes sense because March is the month in which they’re primarily purchased and they don’t want an overstock that no one will buy…but STILL!) After visiting 4 grocery stores over multiple weeks, I finally found a corned beef brisket and set to work.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage -- a showstopper of a meal all in one slow cooker! The kids will love the rainbow carrots! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com

It was so much easier than I could have ever imagined. You literally put the corned beef in a slow cooker with water and beef stock, let it cook at a low temperature and then add vegetables a few hours before it is done and voila: slow cooker corned beef and cabbage with carrots and potatoes.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage -- a showstopper of a meal all in one slow cooker! The kids will love the rainbow carrots! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com

Of course, in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit I had to make this dish with rainbow carrots…get it…rainbows, luck of the Irish, leprechauns? I know, I will dial my dorkiness back a notch.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage -- a showstopper of a meal all in one slow cooker! The kids will love the rainbow carrots! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com

Whatever kind of carrots you use, this slow cooker corned beef and cabbage with carrots and potatoes is a classic, super easy and delicious meal to make for this St. Patrick’s Day.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage -- a showstopper of a meal all in one slow cooker! The kids will love the rainbow carrots! Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Learn how to make slow cooker corned beef and cabbage with rainbow carrots and potatoes, which is the perfect meal for a St. Patrick’s Day feast that the whole family is sure to love.

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Ingredients:

  • 4-5 pound corned beef brisket
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 8 small-to-medium red potatoes
  • 1 pound rainbow carrots (whole carrots, 7-8 carrots, ends removed)
  • 1 head of cabbage, cut into wedges

Directions:

  1. Remove brisket from brine liquid it is packaged in and remove the seasoning packet that it also comes with.
  2. Place brisket, fat side down in a slow cooker, sprinkle the seasoning packet over the brisket. Pour beef broth and water into the slow cooker and sprinkle in the salt. Set on low and cook for 5 hours. After 5 hours remove lid and add in potatoes, carrots, and cabbage wedges and cook on low for another 2 hours.
  3. Take a fork and poke into the meat, it should fall apart. Take brisket out of the slow cooker and place on a board and slice it into slices, then serve a slice or two of the brisket with a red potato, 1 carrot and a wedge of cabbage.
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Philia Kelnhofer

Philia (aka 'Phi') is the author, recipe developer, photographer, and kitchen mess maker behind the Sweetphi blog where she shares simple, sweet, and savory recipes. She is a Midwest girl both at heart and at home, and loves showing readers that delicious food doesn’t have to have a bazillion ingredients, take hours to make, or be intimidating. She loves sharing how-tos and practical tips for meal time success. Find Phi at www.sweetphi.com.

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11 comments

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  2. sounds good!

  3. I love recipes like this one because I know it is something my dad will really enjoy (he is not into overly fancy new-age cooking.) Plus, you can never go wrong with slow-cooker meals!

  4. I make corned beef and cabbage every year, but never in the slow cooker – it definitely sounds like the way to go :) and I LOVE the rainbow carrots

  5. I never would have guessed it’s that easy either! Just a few ingredients, too – I’m sold!

  6. I’ve always made my corned beef in a dutch oven. But you make it look so easy in a crock pot – I’ll have to try that. Now, if only I could find the multi-colored carrots.

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  8. this looks absolutely fantastic!! I need this ASAP!

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  10. I tried this recipe last year for St. Patrick’s Day and it was such a hit that it was requested again for this year! It was so easy. I spent more time trying to find rainbow carrots than on the prep work! Thanks for sharing a really tasty recipe!

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