Learn how to make Corned Beef and Cabbage in a Crock Pot! It's very simple but it will take some time, so plan out about six hours for it to cook. But first, what exactly is corned beef? It is a beef brisket that has been salt-cured.
This type of meat preservation has been around for centuries, but corned beef became associated with Ireland back in the 19th century during the British Industrial Revolution. American's associate corned beef and cabbage as an Irish dish but it was considered a luxury item that the Irish rarely indulged in. Eating corned beef on St. Patrick's day is purely an American tradition.
How to make Corned Beef and Cabbage in a Crock Pot
- Roughly chop a head of cabbage, a few carrots, an onion and some potatoes.
- Add them to the Crock Pot and place a corned beef brisket on top.
- Sprinkle the seasoning packet (that come with the corned beef) all over the meat and add some water.
- Cook on high for 6-7 hours!
*Notice there is no salt in this recipe? That's because corned beef has already been curing in salt so there's no need to add more!
Can you overcook corned beef in a Crock Pot?
Yes. If you overcook corned beef it will be really dry and not so tasty. As always, it really depends on how hot your Crock Pot cooks. Mine tends cook really hot so I check my corned beef at 6 hours on high temperature. If yours doesn't cook as hot you may need an additional hour.
How do you know when corned beef is done?
You know when the brisket is done when it can pull apart slightly with a fork. Remove it from the Crock Pot and let it rest before trying to slice it!
Should water cover the corned beef?
Not necessarily. I found 4 cups of water to be enough to cook my corned beef perfectly (even if it doesn't cover the beef completely). It really depends on how large your Crock Pot is.
What do you serve with corned beef and cabbage?
This is a one pot meal, so all you really need on the side is some rolls or crusty bread! Don't forget so save some leftovers for the best Corned Beef hash for breakfast.
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