This corned beef recipe is the BEST. Imagine corned beef brisket slowly braising in the oven in a bath of Guinness until it is so tender that it melts in your mouth. Caramelized onions and beer make a rich and decadent sauce that pairs perfectly with the carrots, potatoes, and braised cabbage.
Rinse the corned beef with cool water and pat dry.
4 to 5 lbs corned beef
Preheat your oven to 450℉ (230℃)
Pepper the corned beef generously with fresh cracked black pepper.
1 teaspoon black pepper
Heat a large dutch oven on medium-high and brown the corned beef on both sides.
4 to 5 lbs corned beef
Remove the beef and set it aside.
Add the onions to the dutch oven and sauté for a few minutes.
2 medium onions
Add the corned beef brisket back to the dutch oven and place it on top of the onions fat side up.
4 to 5 lbs corned beef, 2 medium onions
Add two bottles or cans of Guinness beer.
2 bottles beer
Cover and place into the oven. Cook at 450℉ (230℃) for 10 minutes.
Reduce the temperature to 325℉ (165℉). Cook for 2.5 hours.
Add in the carrots and the potatoes, return to the oven and cook for another 45 minutes up to an hour. You want them to be fork-tender.
4 medium carrots, 8 small potatoes
If you need to add more liquid, add in some beef broth or even a little cold water.
Add in the green cabbage, return to the oven and cook until the cabbage is tender. About 45 minutes.
1 head green cabbage
Remove the corned beef from the oven and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
How to Serve Corned Beef and Cabbage
Remove the cabbage, the carrots, and the potatoes from the dutch oven and arrange them individually on a large platter.
Pull out the corned beef carefully with tongs and a large fork or spatula. The meat will be very tender to you don't want it to fall apart.
Let the meat rest for about 10 minutes on a cutting board and then slice across the grain.
You can use a stick blender to puree the onions into the remaining cooking liquid that is in the dutch oven. You can add in a few tablespoons of horseradish sauce or whole grain mustard and serve this gravy alongside the corned beef for extra flavor.
How To Make Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
Follow the steps above through browning the corned beef.
Add the onions to the slow cooker.
Place the Corned beef on top.
Add the beef and/or broth.
Set the slow cooker to high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 6 to 7 hours.
About halfway through the cooking time add the carrots, potatoes, and cabbage. (you can add everything at the very beginning, but I feel like the vegetables get really overcooked)
Cook the vegetables for about 2 hours on high or 3 to 3.5 hours on low.