Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage

With St. Patty’s Day coming up I want to share with you this extremely easy recipe for Guinness Corned beef and cabbage, the yum comes from its simplicity and the cabbage soaks up the flavor from the corned beef and Guinness. All you need is a crock pot or two, depending on how many people you want to make this for, remember Corned beef shrinks a lot from cooking so get a big piece.

Which cut of Corned Beef should I purchase?

You may have gone to the supermarket and asked yourself what is the difference between Flat and Point Cut brisket? Short answer is the Point cut has more fat in it and the Flat cut is a little leaner but usually still has some fat on the bottom for flavor. Pick whatever is cheaper, but if you are turned off by a lot of fat the obvious choice would be the Flat cut.

It will take about 14 hours on Low to cook the brisket, so please leave the right amount of time. I usually start it the night (around midnight) before I go to sleep to eat around 2:00PM for the festivities.


Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage

Pairs with

A stout such as Guinness Draught


4 to 10 lbs Corned Beef (good rule of thumb is 3/4 to 1 pound per person)

3 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes

2 heads of cabbage

5 large carrots

2 yellow onions

1 bottles of Guinness per slow cooker

2 cups of water per slow cooker

1 packets of Corned beef seasoning per crock pot


  1. Prepare produce, wash and cut up cabbage and potatoes into quarters, carrots into slices, and chop yellow onions
  2. Place carrots cabbage on the bottom of slow cooker, eye the slow cooker and make sure it’s not so high that you can not fit the brisket
  3. Place potatoes and onions around the brisket and some on the top
  4. Pour 1 whole bottle of Guinness into the slow cooker
  5. Pour water into the slow cooker to cover more of the brisket, do not overfill. If a little brisket is sticking up out of the water it is ok, the brisket is going to cook a long time and will shrink
  6. Sprinkle Corned beef seasoning packet on top of the brisket
  7. Turn Crock pot on to low, cook for 14 hours
  8. When finished cooking, remove brisket from Cooker, and slice up against the grain. Serve with vegetables on the side or around a big serving platter
  9. Enjoy with a Guinness because it is good for you!



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