Slow Cooker Glazed Corned Beef & Cabbage

Overhead shot of slow cooker corned beef

This Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage is made in the crock pot and finished off under the broiler with a brown sugar-mustard glaze, giving it a nice crispy crust.

This Glazed Corned Beef & Cabbage is made in the slow cooker and finished off under the broiler with a honey-dijon glaze, giving it a nice crispy crust.

I have long been a huge fan of corned beef. Maybe it’s the Irish in me? I’m a redhead named Erin, so it was only natural for me to always gravitate towards my Irish roots… Although, the other half of me is Italian, and I could easily eat pasta every day of my life too…

As a child, I would request corned beef & cabbage on my birthdays for my special meal. I liked that the meat was salty and flavorful, and almost like string cheese in that you could pull off piece by piece and nibble away. Technically, you’re supposed to cut across the grain, so that your meat isn’t stringy, but I always liked it cut with the grain – it gave me a reason to play with my food.

And although I grew up eating corned beef & cabbage, the recipe that I use to make it has definitely evolved over time. This is a recipe that I’ve used since college and it actually was created by my friend and college roommate Jim (did I ever tell you that I lived with five guys in college?). As college students, meals weren’t anything too fancy. I seem to recall lots of canned soup, chicken breasts, and ramen noodles. But, cooking yummy food on the cheap was one of Jim’s specialties. We’d trade recipes and food quite often. I still need to bug him for his recipe for chicken with sweet chili sauce (one of my favorites!). After moving out, Jim sent me this recipe for Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage, and I’ve been making it for Saint Patrick’s Day ever since. Although, recently I’ve discovered that the Instant Pot is also amazing for making tender and delicious corned beef – Be sure to check out that recipe here if you’ve got an IP! 

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Corned Beef

Here’s how to make this Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage:

  • Add some potatoes, carrots, celery, garlic, corned beef and that little spice packet that comes with the corned beef to the slow cooker. A bottle of beer adds great flavor and you’ll want to add water to cover the meat.
  • Let it cook away on LOW for 8 hours or HIGH for 4 hours. Meanwhile, prepare the brown sugar-mustard glaze.
  • Remove the corned beef from the slow cooker and coat with a bit of the glaze. Pop it under the broiler set to LOW and let it get nice and golden for 30 minutes, adding more glaze every 10 minutes or so.
  • While the corned beef is finishing, we’ll strain the cooking liquids from the crock pot and boil our cabbage in there.

Overhead of corned beef cut on platter

 

This recipe also serves a honey-mustard sauce on the side that’s perfect for drizzling over the cooked cabbage, potatoes and carrots. So, so good.

Although this Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage is amazing for St. Patrick’s Day, I could honestly eat it every day of the year. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Close up of Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage arranged on a platter.

Slow Cooker Glazed Corned Beef & Cabbage

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Irish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 725 kcal
Author: Jim Thomson
This Slow Cooker Glazed Corned Beef & Cabbage is made in the crockpot and finished off under the broiler with a brown sugar-mustard glaze, giving it a nice crispy crust.


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Ingredients

Meat and Vegetables:

  • 6-8 small red potatoes cut into large wedges
  • 3 medium carrots thick sliced
  • 2 ribs celery thick sliced
  • 3-5 pounds corned beef brisket (fat trimmed off and rinsed)
  • 1 cabbage cut into large wedges (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 bottle dark beer

Glaze:

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup brown mustard
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Honey Mustard Sauce:

  • ½ cup honey or agave
  • ½ cup brown mustard
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt optional

Instructions

  1. Layer the potatoes 1/2 cup celery and ½ cup carrots in the bottom of slow cooker. Place corned beef on veggies. Add garlic and packet of seasoning that comes with the corned beef. Add beer and water until meat is covered. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-9 hours (or HIGH for 4-5 hours). 

  2. Just prior to corned beef being done, melt butter in small saucepan -- add water and brown sugar. Heat over medium-high heat. After about 5 minutes, stir in mustard. Simmering another 2-3 minutes. Pour in dish and set aside.
  3. When corned beef is ready, remove and place on cookie tray and tent with foil. Place large pot in sink with colander inside. Pour out the slow cooker ingredients saving both liquid and potatoes. Discard cooked carrots and celery. Preheat broiler. Place pot of liquid on stove on medium-high until boiling. Boil the remaining carrots and celery for 3 minutes then add cabbage and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and drain liquid.
  4. Remove foil tent. Brush glaze on top of corned beef and broil on low, 6-inches from the element for 30 minutes adding glaze every 10 minutes. Always keep an eye on the broiler to avoid burning. After 30 minutes remove corned beef and place on cutting board. Cut corned beef across the grain. Serve with veggies and honey mustard sauce.

If you loved this Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage I would appreciate it so much if you would give this recipe a star review! Also, be sure to snap a picture of your finished meal and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings.

Note: This recipe was originally published in 2014. It was updated in 2018 to update the pictures. The recipe remains the same. 

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Glazed Corned Beef & Cabbage
Amount Per Serving
Calories 725 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 46g 71%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 127mg 42%
Sodium 2827mg 118%
Potassium 1210mg 35%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 25g
Protein 43g 86%
Vitamin A 5.3%
Vitamin C 144.7%
Calcium 18.3%
Iron 40.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine Pairings for Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage:

  • I suggest a light-bodied, fruit forward red like a Beaujolais or Grenache to pair with the salty-fatty corned beef and the traditional spices of bay leaves and peppercorn.
  • On the white wine side, I’d suggest a Pinot Blanc or dry Riesling.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef on platter.

Looking for more St. Patrick’s Day recipes? Be sure to try these too:

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6 comments

  1. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    mm, I love mustard in sauces, seasonings and dressings. I’m such a sucker for anything with mustard!

    Reply

  2. Devin Vond

    My wife would love this! I’ll have to try it out 🙂

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I hope she enjoys it Devin!

      Reply

  3. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife

    I haven’t ever really been a corned beef and cabbage fan but this looks so delicious and flavorful! Love that you updated the recipe to include Instant Pot instructions – thanks, Erin!!

    Reply

  4. Meg

    My mouth is watering! This looks fantastic! I’ve never made corned beef before but this looks pretty easy.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Give it a try Meg – It really is SO easy!

      Reply

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