sliced corned beef from the slow cooker on a plate with some irish cabbage

Slow Cooker Corned Beef

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For juicy and tender corned beef, pull out the slow cooker. Slow Cooker Corned Beef is an easy way to prepare this St. Patrick’s Day classic. Even though it’s yummy any time. And making crockpot recipes is my favorite way to set it and forget it for dinner.

Sliced corned beef on a plate with irish cabbage and slices of bread

It takes a little longer to make corned beef in the crockpot, but you don’t have to babysit the beef quite as much. It is pink because of the pink salt in the spice mix. You can get this from your local butcher shop or kitchenware store, or grab some corned beef spice mix on Amazon.

You can have tender corned beef even for a weeknight dinner. Simply dump your ingredients in the crock pot and go. It’s easy!

You can add vegetables with the corned beef to cook, but we also love this Irish cabbage with ours, so check it out here.

plate of irish cabbage and sliced corned beef

Guinness Corned Beef Crockpot

You can use soda in place of the Guinness or even beef broth. Those are both great gluten free options. You can use any beef brisket such as the round, flat, or point. They all cook the same in your crockpot.

ingredients for slow cooker corned beef recipe including beer, carrots, onions, celery and brisket

You just mix the ingredients together with the exception of the brisket. Then place the meat in the crock pot and pour the mixture over the top. Set it and forget it. Come back at dinner time for some good eating!

Corned beef is actually cured beef brisket. If you put the pickling spices in the crock pot with the brisket and cook it for hours, it cures with the salts as it cooks. You can also pre brine a brisket as well. If a cured brisket is then smoked, it’s called pastrami.

If you are using a frozen brisket, make sure to set it in the fridge about 3 days before you’re cooking it so it can completely thaw out.

corned beef ingredients including brisket, onions, celery, and carrots.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef with Beer and Brown Sugar

plate of irish cabbage and sliced corned beef
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Slow Cooker Corned Beef

Tender, juicy, flavorful corned beef that melts in your mouth and is perfect for St. Patrick's Day.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time7 hours
Total Time7 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: corned beef, crockpot, irish corned beef
Servings: 10
Author: Christina


  • 1 Corned Beef Brisket with spice packet 3-4lbs
  • 2 Medium Carrots cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 Celery Stalks cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 Onion quartered
  • 1 Bottle Guinness Stout Beer
  • ¼ Cup Brown Raw Sugar


  • 1 Cup Apricot Preserves
  • ¼ Cup Brown Raw Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Aminoes Or soy sauce if you don't have aminoes
  • 1 Tbsp Mustard


  • Trim excess fat off brisket; place in a crockpot along with veggies, spice packet, brown sugar, and Guinness.
  • Cook on low heat for 7-8 hours until fork-tender.
  • Carefully remove meat to a baking dish.
  • Prepare glaze by combining all ingredients stirring to dissolve brown sugar.
  • Spread glaze over the top of the Corned Beef, place in a preheated 350° F for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove and allow to cool before slicing across the grain.
  • *Use 1 Cup of the strained drippings from the crockpot to make gravy:
  • Heat a couple of tablespoons of butter in a saucepan to melt; add equal amounts of flour to make a roux, cooking over medium-low heat for 2 minutes.
  • Add the strained crockpot drippings, stirring constantly until thickened.
  • Season and adjust with salt and pepper.
corned beef glaze ingredients in bowls on a board. Raw sugar, apricot preserves, mustard, and coconut aminoes

I can’t wait for you to try this for your St. Patrick’s Day dinner or any time of the year. You’re going to love it and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

And for a regular beef roast in the slow cooker, check this out.

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