How To Cook A Corned Beef In A Slow Cooker

What do I do with leftovers?

Preparing a mouthwatering corned beef reuben sandwich is our favorite activity. It can also be combined with eggs to make a hash.

What is corned beef and what cut should I buy?

  • Corned beef is salt-cured brisket. This is not the same as regular, uncured brisket.
  • A seasoning packet typically accompanying corned beef contains the following items: bay leaves, peppercorns, mustard seeds, and dill seeds. This flavor packet creates a wonderfully flavored roast.
  • There are two varieties of corned beef: flat cut and point cut. Point cut: usually not uniform in size, but can have more marbling; flat cut: easier to slice evenly (see picture below).

How To Cook A Corned Beef In A Slow Cooker

  • Whether you choose to cut your corned beef point cut or flat, make sure to save the accompanying spice packet!
  • Onions: Although they aren’t typically added to corned beef, onions give the dish SO much flavor.
  • I use a combination of baby red and gold potatoes for my potatoes.
  • Carrots – Whole carrots, peeled and sliced thick
  • Garlic cloves (not pictured)- Peeled
  • Water: Keeps the dish moist overall; you can also use beef broth if you’d like.
  • Slicing the cabbage into thin wedges, about half of the head will fit in the slow cooker along with all the other ingredients.

How To Cook A Corned Beef In A Slow Cooker

Step 1: Fill the slow cooker with onions in the bottom.

Step Two – Add the corned beef and seasoning packet.

Step 3: Add the garlic, potatoes, and carrots. If you’d like, peel the potatoes. Add the water.

Step 4: Add the cabbage either now or in the final two hours of cooking. If you add now, the cabbage will be ultra-tender.

How To Cook A Corned Beef In A Slow Cooker

Step Five: Cook without opening the lid for five hours on HIGH or eight hours on LOW.

Should I rinse off corned beef before cooking?

Generally speaking, it’s not necessary, especially if using a crockpot or slow cooker. Rinsing it also has the added benefit of likely eliminating any excess salt from the meat, which could lead to a softer flavor.

Additionally, a lot of flavors are absorbed in beef brisket that is used straight out of the plastic or that has been brined overnight. Rinsing it will probably remove some of the flavors.