Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage – I Wash You Dry

Best corned beef cabbage slow cooker recipe

Make this super easy slow cook of corned beef and cabbage for a festive St. Patrick’s Day dinner, or for a comforting Sunday dinner!

This meal is packed with juicy corned beef, carrots and tender potatoes and perfectly cooked cabbage, all effortlessly done in the cooking pot.

sliced corned beef with cabbage, potatoes and carrots on a white plateWhether you’re preparing this classic Irish dish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or you’re simply craving juicy and tasty corned beef, this recipe will win you over.

I love how simple it is to make, how tender the vegetables and potatoes are (NOT MUSHY), and that perfectly cooked canned meat just melts in your mouth.

Slow cooker Canned beef and cabbage

The trick to making the perfect canned beef in the slow cooker is to let it cook well and slowly


You will most likely want to set your alarm clock so that the brined breast starts early in the morning, so you can enjoy an early dinner

. What is corned meat?

You may be wondering what

corned beef is. Canned

beef is a cut of breast cured with salt. Breast is a hard cut of beef that is made tender by slowly curing the meat in a pickling brine.

Most grocery stores sell ready-to-cook corned meat, which means it’s already been salted and seasoned.

Ingredients for

Canned Beef and Cabbage

Here is the simple list of ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe easy for dinner. As always, you can find the complete, printable recipe on the recipe card below.

  • 3 to 4 pounds of canned meat seasoning
  • Meat

  • broth or
  • bay
  • leaf broth

  • Baby carrots Red
  • and

  • golden
  • potatoes baby

  • cabbage
  • How to



Canned Meat To start this canned meat in the slow cooker, first remove it from its packaging and place it in the slow cooker. I’m using an 8-quart slow cooker.

Fill the slow cooker with meat broth or meat broth and top with some bay leaves.

Let the corned beef simmer for 5 hours on its own.

After the first cooking, you will add the potatoes and carrots.

Let this mixture simmer for an additional 3 hours.

I love using this method because potatoes and carrots come out tender and perfectly cooked, rather than a soft, baby food consistency.

cabbage and corned beef in slow cooker

Finally, add just half a head of shredded cabbage right on top of the other ingredients


Let this simmer for an additional 30 minutes


Use a slotted spoon to remove cabbage, potatoes and carrots. Then carefully remove the corned beef to a cutting board and let it sit for 5 minutes before cutting.

The result is a butter-flavored cabbage with juicy corned beef, with tender potatoes and carrots. In short, it’s the perfect comfort food.

Point cut or flat cut?

Did you know that there are two different cuts of corned meat?

Point: The knitted cut has more fat content, is thicker, and some say it’s tastier. Some prefer the point because it tends to be more tender and juicy after cooking.

Flat cut – The flat cut is much thinner. While the flat, or round, cut is thinner, it still has a layer of fat at the bottom, keeping it nice and moist after slow cooking. It has a better presentation than the knitted cut when cooked and cut.

For this recipe shown here, I used the dot cut.

Do you rinse corned meat before cooking?

Canned beef is usually packaged in a salty brine mixture, which gives it its characteristic deep pink hue and distinctive flavor.

It is not necessary to rinse canned beef before cooking, however, doing so would reduce sodium levels and give a milder flavor to the finished dish.

What to serve with corned meat?

This slow-cooker corned beef recipe is a complete meal in itself.

However, I would serve a side of granulated mustard and some good homemade rolls or my beer bread with cheese to go with it.

canned beef and cabbage dish

More Sunday

slow cooker dinners

Here are some super easy, all-in-one slow cooker dinners for you to try…


  • cooker meat stew
  • Instant pot Roast pot Slow cooker
  • Whole chicken recipe
  • Clay pot

  • Meat bread stuffed with mashed potatoes

St. Patrick’s Day

Holiday Recipes

Here are some more fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day recipes you can make…

  • Tater Tot and Bratwurst Casserole Creamy
  • Hot Reuben Dip
  • Fresh Fruit (Rainbow) Salad
  • Pot o’ Gold Marshmallow Pops

This canned beef comes out so tender and juicy, and practically falls apart.

I can’t wait for you to try this easy recipe!



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