Slow Cooker Corned Beef

Corned Beef.

It’s one of those things that in my mind was something people USED to eat.

You know, back in the day. But, certainly not NOW. With all the yummy things we have to eat now, why would you eat corned beef?

I’ve also learned that it depends on where you live. In Detroit, for instance, and I’m sure in other places, there are many restaurants around claiming to have the most delicious corned beef sandwich. Enough that it must be a thing. Must be something that people are looking for.

But, this year I wanted to do something traditional for St. Patrick’s Day. So when I saw the corned beef brisket at the store, staring at me, I decided to give it a try.

This recipe is very simple. Throw some basic ingredients in a crock pot, and in 8 hours your house smells fantastic and you’ve got a whole bunch of num.

Now, one of the best things about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can serve it sliced with potatoes and cabbage or on a sandwich, or you can shred it and place it is any number of dishes (some of which I have attempted and HIGHLY recommend like the Corned Beef Hash).

Since making this the first time, we have made it several other times and still love it’s simplicity and deliciousness. Every year I try to find new ways to use the leftovers, but that tends to backfire and cause me to make more corned beef causing more leftovers.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef


  • 1 corned beef brisket, 3-4 lbs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • dash of red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh cracked pepper


  1. Layer 1/2 of chopped veggies in bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Place corned beef on top with fat cap up.
  3. Add remaining veggies and garlic on top and around the sides of the meat.
  4. In a bowl, mix beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and red pepper - pour over beef.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  6. Cook on low for about 8 hours. It's done when it will come apart easily.
  7. Shred with forks and do all sorts of delicious things with it!

32 Comments on “Slow Cooker Corned Beef

  1. dianeroark

    Your corned beef looks great. I too love preparing mine in the crock-pot. Thanks for sharing at Wonderful Wednesday blog hop. I pinned your DELICIOUS LOOKING corned beef.

    Diane Roark

    1. Jodie

      Thanks Diane! Glad to share! It’s my favorite kind of meal – simple, delicious, and makes lots for a variety of yummy leftovers!

    1. Jodie

      Dawn, the recipe doesn’t call for any red pepper, but for 1/2 tablespoon black pepper. Are you maybe thinking of another recipe? I’d love to help if I can!

    2. Jodie

      Dawn, I am so sorry. I didn’t even see the mention of the red pepper when I looked the other day. But I was making it today and saw the red pepper in the instructions. I am so sorry. There should be just a dash of red pepper flakes added to the liquid before pouring over. I’ve changed the recipe to reflect that.

  2. Gabby Kimball

    Do you serve this with anything else on the side, other than the veggies? Should I have bread or something with it? Never had corned beef, but wanting to make it for my hubby!

  3. Jessica

    Yum, yum, yum. We are not fans of cabbage, so I was excited when I finally found a recipe for corned beef without it. This recipe was delicious! Thank you!

    1. Jodie

      Jessica, so glad you liked it! It’s one of our favorite crockpot recipes and there’s so much you can do with it!

    1. Jodie

      Sharon, The beef doesn’t shrink too much. I used about a 3.5 pound roast and got about 3-4 cups of shredded beef that I used for several of our recipes, so I’m not sure exactly how much I would plan per person as a main dish. I would say it would serve 4 with some leftovers. Hope that helps!

    1. Jodie

      Jacquie, I’ve never tried adding potatoes to this recipe. If you wanted to try I would probably add more liquid, maybe 1 cup more of broth depending on how many potatoes you’re using. Hope it turns out!

      1. Theresa

        Thank you so much! I actually assembled this recipe in my crockpot, and hoping I can cook it faster on high. If we eat around 7:00 it’ll have cooked for about 5 hours. Hope that’s good enough! 🙂

  4. Marci

    SUPER GOOD RECIPE!! Very quick and simple and the corned beef is tasty and tender. Will definitely use this recipe again and again!

  5. Deanna

    This is absolutely wonderful. It has a wonderful flavor. I made it for a party. We made Ruben sliders with sourkraut, Swiss cheese and thousand island dressing. My guests ate all of it!

    1. Janelle

      Deanna! I love the idea of reuben sliders! So glad to hear that you loved this recipe as I agree, it’s a keeper for sure! Thank you so much for your wonderful comments!

  6. Heather

    Would it be ok to put two 2 pound pieces of corned beef in 1 crock pot?! My supermarket only had small pieces left so I was forced to get two pieces! 🙁

    I made this recipe last year and my husband LOVED it!

    1. Janelle

      Hi Heather! Yes of course! As long as your crock pot will fit it all in there it should work fine! I’m so glad to hear that this is a repeat recipe for you! We love repeat visitors!


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