When most people are asked what their favorite holiday is, they generally say, "Christmas" or "Thanksgiving." Not me. My favorite holiday of them all is St. Patrick's Day.

From bangers and mash to corned beef and cabbage, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day in a big way at my house. As a matter of fact, my corned beef and cabbage is so delicious that it's got a cult-like following, with dozens of people reaching out to me each year to request the recipe and how could I deny sharing this goodness with the world?! I couldn't and I can't, so here it is: my famous corned beef and cabbage recipe.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage


-Corned beef brisket with spice packet- the size is up to you. I love to find the biggest cut of corned beef that I can because I can eat corned beef for all three meals, but with prices as expensive as they are, I'm going with a smaller brisket this year. Also, look to see how much fat is on the brisket. A super big brisket doesn't mean a lot of extra meat if it's covered in fat.

-10 to 12 small baby red potatoes, washed, but leave the skins on because that’s the most healthy part! Want to use regular baby red potatoes? That's okay, too. Just wash and quarter them, leaving the skins on.

-1 super large onion chopped roughly

-6 large carrots washed and chopped into big chunks

-½ head of cabbage chopped up roughly

-6oz Guinness beer- if you detest the taste of Guinness (I do- and I'm Irish, but the harshness cooks off), you can use 6oz of beef broth instead.


Put the carrots, potatoes, and onion into the bottom of your slow cooker and then put corned beef on top of the veggies. Pour the Guinness (or beef broth) over the top of the brisket and then sprinkle the packet of spices on top of the brisket. If you like your corned beef a little more on the spicy side, add extra spice.*

Put the cabbage on top of the brisket (this is important because if you put it on the bottom it will burn and burned cabbage tastes disgusting, trust me on this). Cover the slow cooker and set your cook time for 8-10 hours on low.

*If you buy a corned beef brisket and it doesn’t come with a packet of spices, don’t panic! You can solve the problem by buying a jar of pickling spice and adding 1-2 teaspoons before cooking your brisket.

*If you like a more seasoned brisket you can add extra pickling spice in addition to the seasoning packet, too.

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