Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage

This Crockpot corned beef creates tender, fall-apart chunks of beef thanks to braising in beer and vegetables for an unbelievably easy one-pot dinner.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Keyword corned beef
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 383 kcal


  • 3 carrots , peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 1 yellow onion , peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 pound small potatoes , halved
  • 1 corned beef brisket (about 3 pounds), plus pickling spice packet or 1 tablespoon pickling spice
  • 2 8-ounce beers (I prefer ale or lagers)
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 head Savoy cabbage , cut into 1 1/2-inch wedges
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3-4 tablespoons prepared horseradish , to taste


To Cook in the Slow Cooker:

  1. In a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker, place the carrots, onion and potatoes. Place corned beef, fat side up, on top of the vegetables and sprinkle with pickling spice. Pour the beers over the vegetables and brisket. Sprinkle with the sprigs of fresh thyme. Cover and cook on high until corned beef is tender, 5-6 hours or 10-12 hours on low.
  2. Arrange cabbage over corned beef, cover, and continue cooking until cabbage is tender, 45 min to 1 hour (or 1 1/2 to 2 hours on low). Thinly slice the corned beef against the grain and serve with the vegetables and cooking liquid with the horseradish sauce.

To Cook in the Instant Pot:

  1. Cut the corned beef into 2-3 chunks so it cooks faster and more evenly. Add to the insert of a 6 quart Instant Pot with the fat cap up. Layer with the onion, spices, thyme and beer. Cook on HIGH pressure for 90 minutes then do a quick release. 

  2. Add the potatoes, carrots and cabbage to the insert, close, and set to HIGH pressure for another 5 minutes. Natural release for 5 minutes, cut, and serve.

For the Horseradish Sauce:

  1. Mix the sour cream and horseradish together in a small bowl. Refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage
Amount Per Serving
Calories 383 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 1900mg83%
Potassium 787mg22%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 5215IU104%
Vitamin C 48.9mg59%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.