Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef

Sunday, April 10, 2016
Slow cooked corned beef with Guinness beer is one of the most flavorful ways to cook this meat fork tender! I just love the ease and flavors from making this in a slow cooker! It gets so tender you can cut it with a fork!

I love being Irish for a day so much and St. Patrick's Day celebration foods, I really wonder why I wait once a year to have this tender fabulous corned beef!

I really love it like this, this is a classic recipe for sure. I was never a big fan of this cut of meat because it's can be a tougher cut, but in the slow cooker with stout beer, it's fabulous.

I tried many recipes but nothing compares to the flavors and tenderness with this recipe. It is now my go-to recipe and I always go back to cooking it on low heat and slow and it's the best method of cooking this brisket.

St. Patrick is was a real person, and he lived sometime in the fifth century A.D. and was British, not Irish.

St Patrick's Day, on March 17 is celebrated with all kinds of green beer and the culture is popular here in the United States.

American's celebrate with foods for the day that are Irish-inspired, like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie and Irish soda bread.

This is a cooked sliced brisket called corned beef made for a St Patrick's Day Dinner celebration

Slow Cooked

Whatever vessel you choose to cook this in, the secret to a tender corned beef is the slow cooker method.

It must be slowly cooked to break down the brisket meat or slow and low on top of the stove if you want it to be fork tender.

this is a slow roasted corned beef in a Guinness beer that cooked over 8 hours in a a slow cooker

My Cooking Thoughts

In my experiences, the best results will come from making sure the meat is slow cooked.

This was full of flavors from the packet and just melts in your mouth, this corned beef is just delicious.

this is par boiled vegetables in the slow cooker with corned beef


It has a hint of brown sugar for sweetness and a whole lot of flavor! I also recommend cooking the vegetables separately and add them at the end.

I boil my cabbage in another pot and add that later.

a slow cooked corned beef in guinness beer that was done in a slow cooker


Below I give many suggestions.

You can put this all together or make the vegetables any way you want.

The slow cooker is always the way to go on cooking this cut of meat.

The stout beer gives it the added richness this meat needs.

Vegetables and Additions

I recommend cooking the vegetables separately and then add them at the end.

Just boil the carrots, potatoes, and cabbage until soft then toss with some olive oil, granulated garlic to taste, salt, pepper or some butter around 2 tablespoons toss while hot.

You can serve the vegetables pre-cooked or just add to the slow cooker to whatever pot you're using.

I used cabbage, carrots and tiny white potatoes and boiled them first.

I add them to the slow cooker at the end of cooking the meat just to coat the vegetables with the meat and brisket flavors.

this is a raw piece of corned beef in a slow cooker

My Tips

  • I use a slow cooker for cooking preferably 6 to 8 hours on low.

  • Using the slow cooker, sometimes vegetables tend to take a longer time to cook don't come out as tender.

  • I prefer to boil them separately or even bake them on a large cooking sheet with butter, salt, and pepper.

  • You can decide how you want to cook your vegetables. I love cabbage, carrots, and potatoes soft and tender not where it's tough or al dente, you can make them separately on in the slow cooker.

  • If using the stovetop method, everything usually goes in the pot all together and slow cooks for 4 hours on simmer, or even in a pressure cooker follow the instructions for your cooking vessels.

  • Use a good grade stout beer for this recipe.

this is a pot of cabbage potatoes and carrots as a side dish for the corned beef dinner

Your Preference

This is just a guideline on how we like ours cooked and vegetables

Corned beef with cabbage potatoes and carrots can all go in the crockpot/ slow cooker, or on top of the stove in a dutch oven, baked or pressure cooker, with the seasoning packet and any other spices you prefer, that is the original authentic recipe, all in one pot.

Again, we like our vegetables softer than most with a hint of flavor and not overpowering as the cabbage takes over.

This is a cooked sliced brisket called corned beef made for a St Patrick's Day Dinner celebration

The Real Story

The Irish Americans transformed St.Patrick's Day from a religious feast day to a celebration of their heritage and homeland.

With the celebration, came a celebratory meal.

Instead of corned beef and cabbage, the traditional St. Patrick's Day meal eaten in Ireland is lamb or bacon.

Why is it Corned Beef Red and Some Gray

The reason some briskets are redder than others is because of the brine salt that is used.

Corned beef is brined or cured using salt water or sodium nitrite mixture, which fixes the pigment in the meat and causes it to be pink in color.

That's why corned beef remains pink after cooking

The red brisket is the traditional flavor old-time New Englanders always recognize.

this is how to make corned beef for St. Patrick's Day in a slow cooker using flat cut corned beef

Another Method

There is another method used to brine the corned beef that stays gray in color.

The reason for this color, it is cured in a saltwater brine for two weeks or more.

This brine contains no preservatives, so the grey corned beef is a great option for those who are looking to avoid nitrates and nitrites.

Because the brine isn’t seasoned, the grey corned beef can also be seasoned to your tastes.

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This is a cooked sliced brisket called corned beef made for a St Patrick's Day Dinner celebration

Flat Cut or Point Cuts?

Point Cut is good for shredding, but for corned beef, I always choose the flat cut.

It still has a good amount of fat on the bottom to keep the meat moist.

I believe that the flat cut is the best cut for corned beef.

this is a raw piece of corned beef in a slow cooker

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This is a cooked sliced brisket called corned beef made for a St Patrick's Day Dinner celebration

Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef

prep time: 6 min cook time: 6 hours total time: 6 hours and 6 mins
The easiest tender corned beef I ever ate or made and so delicious. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day and leftover, if there are any, are fabulous for Reubens!


  • 1- 4 pound or larger corned beef brisket and seasoning packet
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar ( I have used less before depending how big the roast is, use 1/4 cup for less than a 4-pound beef)
  • 1 bottle stout beer Irish beer 12-ounce bottle
  • Optional: 1 head of cabbage cut up,1 cup finger carrots and 4 potatoes cut in cubes
  • see note below


  1. Place beef in the slow cooker, rub with the sugar then pour the beer on top. If using vegetables add on top of the meat.
  2. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on high 4 to 6 hours. Make sure you test this with a fork that it pulls apart easily and is tender.
  3. Note: I boil my carrots, cabbage and potatoes separately until tender and add to the pot 1 hour before the corned beef is completed.
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  1. We are going to a Saint Patrick's day party and I am bringing a main dish. I might have to try this.

  2. I used to love cooking corned beef but my hubby would have to eat the entire thing himself now. As for the cabbage, I could do a great job on that. I just LOVE cabbage.
    Great dish!
    Like the new updated header to the blog. Looks nice.

  3. you are so right - and I do love corned beef even if it is an American iconic food made for St. Pat's .... and I do love the ease of your recipe, now all I need is a little time and a good loaf of rye...

  4. Sounds like a winner. We always cook ours in the crockpot and make a big one so we'll have extra for Reubans.

  5. Yum! I have to cook corn beef at this time every year. Love the new banner!

  6. I love being Italian but it is so much fun to switch gears on March 17th. The recipe is perfect!

  7. A great dish, Claudia!! Corned Beef and Guinness…sounds fabulous!

  8. Great recipe, Claudia!! Corned Beef and Guinness sounds fabulous!

  9. Oh my! The sounds so good! Love your Guinness recipes...

  10. I found your recipe pinned on Pinterest and decided that because of it's ease I would give it a try. i've always used the crockpot to cook mine, but never in Guiness. My house smells amazing right now, can't wait to eat tonight. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  11. @nfaband GREAT so glad you tried it.. can't get enough it's really an awesome recipe lets us know what you think! Hugs thanks for the visit and comment!

  12. I love the idea of making corned beef in the slow cooker! I hope to try it soon!!! xo

  13. What a stupendous recipe, Claudia! And, that photo of the pot w/the vegetables!! Man, I could just jump in and eat it!! You are such an amazing cook!! xo

  14. Sounds good, love how tender it becomes.

  15. My mouth is watering just thinking about how wonderful the house would smell after this had been cooking for a while... What a perfect dinner!


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