Corned Beef and Cabbage with no seasoning packet

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


3 to 4 lb corned beef
2 large onions, quartered
6 to 8 medium carrots
1 small cabbage, quartered, leave core in
14.9 oz guinnes beer
water to almost cover the beef
1 tsp peppercorns
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 Tbsp vinegar
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.

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Jane McMillan-Whittaker Recipe
Well Seasoned
Massena (now in FL), NY
Member Since Oct 2010
Jane's notes for this recipe:
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.
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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.

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user Jane McMillan-Whittaker janenov46 - May 2, 2011
I shared a photo of this recipe. View photo
user Dana Ramsey DRamsey - May 2, 2011
Yummy! Another Keeper that is for certain!
user Deneece Gursky Smokeygirlxo - May 2, 2011
ooo jane this sounds so good! i love corned beef and cabbage and so do my kiddies! definitely gonna try this
user Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - May 3, 2011
Looks and sounds good!!! YUM!
user Robin DuPree robdupree - May 4, 2011
Yummy, Jane..That is a beautiful slice of meat.

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