Jane McMillan-Whittaker Recipe

Corned Beef and Cabbage with no seasoning packet

By Jane McMillan-Whittaker janenov46

Recipe Rating:
 3 Ratings
4 to 6
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Cooking Method:
Slow-Cooker/Crock Pot

Jane's Story

I buy lots of meats at the whole sale house and for whatever reason the corned beef comes with no seasoning packet.
Most of my questions about the seasonings said to use pickling spice?
I make my own pickling spice and it has corriander, ginger, cloves, and cardomom in it, fine for pickles but for our tastes, not for corned beef and cabbage.
I came up with this combo, and it turned out really good.


3 to 4 lb
corned beef
2 large
onions, quartered
6 to 8 medium
1 small
cabbage, quartered, leave core in
14.9 oz
guinnes beer
water to almost cover the beef
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
mustard seeds
2 Tbsp
2 medium
bay leaves
1 tsp
minced garlic
1/4 tsp
crushed red pepper
salt and pepper to taste, use your judgement on this one
potatoes if desired, using whole baby potatoes works well here.

Directions Step-By-Step

Using a disposable liner in your slow cooker will make cleanup easier, not necessary, but Ii hate cleanups.
Put your carrots in the bottom of the slow cooker, and then the beef on top.
Tuck the onions in around the sides.
Pour the beer over all, then enough water to almost cover the beef.
Sprinkle the seasonings over all.
Reserve the potatoes and carrots for later.
Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. The last 1 1/2 hours add the potatoes and cabbage, this makes them so they are not overcooked.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Irish