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Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Crock Pot Guinness Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe

by Regan
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I was born into a loud, crazy Irish-American family. My grandfather was 100% Irish and that side of the family is exactly what one might expect. Large, fun, and pretty amazing. They even look like leprechauns. Since the Irish side of the family was always the most prevalent because of their numbers we take our Irish pride pretty seriously. So much so that we often seem to forget that we’re also half German. 

Even though it’s a bit of a cliché and really not a popular meal in Ireland (it’s true), every year I look forward to making corned beef and cabbage on Saint Patrick’s Day. It speaks to my Irish-American New England roots. I could easily eat it more than once a year, but I like to keep it special, so I don’t give in to the temptation to make it on a random Saturday in September. A lot of people don’t like it but so many people just boil it in water with the packet that comes with the corned beef then calls that a meal. No thank you! There are two things that I do to set it apart from the plain old corned beef and cabbage that many people are familiar with. 

St. Patrick's Day Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

So if you’re looking for a corned beef and cabbage recipe with some flavor, you’ve come to the right place!

For this recipe, you will need a small cabbage, about 8 small red potatoes, a large onion, baby carrots or 3-4 large carrots, an 11-ounce bottle of Guinness, pickling spice, and flat cut corned beef. Do not substitute with a regular brisket. We tried that once and the results were no bueno. Corned beef is cured, brisket is not. 

Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Cut up your potatoes into large cubes, enough to cover the bottom of a crock pot, put in a handful or two of baby carrots, and rough chop your onion and throw it in. 

Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Cover the vegetables with water, about four cups. 

Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Now throw away that spice packet that comes with the corned beef and get a good quality pickling spice; one with visible leaves and berries in it. I discovered this a few years ago when the corned beef we bought didn’t come with a spice packet and I had to do some research to find out what’s in that spice packet. It’s pickling spice! Well, it’s a pretty lame pickling spice.

I love Penzey’s but the McCormick brand is also pretty good. Anything is better than the stuff in the packet which is pretty flavorless. 

Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Put your corned beef on top of the vegetables and water fat side up then liberally cover the top with pickling spice. I used 2 tablespoons, but you could use a little less if you’d like. 

Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Now for the coup de grâce, Guinness. I don’t like Guinness on its own at all, but I do like it a lot as an ingredient. Pour that whole bottle in. 

Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Now it’s time for your cabbage. Cover the top of your corned beef with as much cabbage as you can and still be able to get the lid on the crock pot. I used 3/4 of a small cabbage. 

To get the core out, I cut my cabbage into quarters then cut at an angle to remove the core. You will have to do this with each quarter. 

Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Put the lid on the crock pot and cook on low for about 8½ hours then enjoy!

Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

Note: as with anything cooked in a slow cooker, the vegetables will be very soft. If you prefer them to have more bite, I would suggest doing a quick boil on the stove then add them to the juice in the crockpot to soak in some flavor after the meat is removed. 

Crock Pot Guinness Corned Beef & Cabbage

Crock Pot Guinness Corned Beef & Cabbage

Ingredients

  • 1 flat cut corned beef, about 4lbs.
  • 1 bottle stout beer such as Guinness. (note: Dragon's Milk stout is even better, but any stout that is NOT chocolate or coffee flavored will work.)
  • About 8 small red or gold potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1½ cups baby carrots, or 3-4 large carrots
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 small green cabbage
  • 1-2 tbsp pickling spice

Instructions

  1. Rough chop your vegetables
  2. Put the potatoes, carrots, and onion at the bottom of the crock pot and cover with water.
  3. Add the corned beef on top of the vegetables, fat side up. Cover with pickling spice.
  4. Pour stout over the corned beef then add chopped cabbage.
  5. Cook in the slow cooker on low for about 6½ hours.

Notes

If you're unable to fit the cabbage in your slow cooker, steam it separately on the stove then add it to the liquid with the rest of the vegetables after you've removed the corned beef from the slow cooker. Let it soak up the flavor while slicing the corned beef and remove the vegetables from the liquid to serve. 

Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

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Sarah L March 15, 2016 - 1:49 pm

This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’ll be making this tomorrow night. Have everything but the Guinness (which you don’t have listed in the ingredients…) Will get that today.

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Regan March 15, 2016 - 2:52 pm

Thank you! I changed recipe plugins and when I copied and pasted I left out half of the ingredients, LOL. I didn’t have corned beef or potatoes either. Oops! It’s fixed now.

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