Crock pot corned beef recipe with no cabbage

Crock Pot Corned Beef Recipe

March 17, 2015 by Michelle

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This crock pot corned beef is absolutely perfect for us. It has all the flavors we love without the ones we don’t. And yes, feel free to add cabbage if you love it!

Slices of perfect easy homemade corned beef recipe

My Gramps – my mom’s dad – was fully Irish, coming over on the boat as a kid when the family just couldn’t make it anymore in Ireland and needed new opportunity.

I also get more Irish blood from my dad’s side, so of course we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in as many ways as possible. I’ve shared my Irish tea cakes, my Gram’s Irish soda bread recipe, and more. And today? It’s all about the corned beef, of course.

Corned beef is one of my favorite foods, especially when it’s super juicy and sliced thick. And as much Irish as I have in me, I’m not a huge fan of cabbage.

It isn’t that I dislike it, but I could take it or leave it. More importantly, I’m not a fan of the scent of cooking cabbage. So when I make my corned beef, I have a few alterations to the boiled corned beef and cabbage my Gram and my mom used to make.

And honestly? I think my crock pot corned beef actually tastes better than theirs does. Shhh, don’t tell them! You absolutely can make crock pot corned beef, and it takes very little work.

Best of all, when you’re working all day, this is something you can easily throw together in the morning and come home to a perfectly delicious dinner – and hopefully some leftovers if you’re lucky.

Crock pot corned beef recipe with no cabbage

I’m still getting my veggies in with the rainbow carrots I like to use for my corned beef cabbage, but you could absolutely also use “regular” carrots in addition to new potatoes and green onion.

Granted, I used green onion because I was mysteriously out of onion, but I actually liked this better than what I’ve done previously.

Peel your carrots and slice them into bite size pieces. I love the colors that rainbow carrots provide, but feel free to use your favorite carrots.

sliced rainbow carrots

Red potatoes are traditional, but I like using new potatoes. You want potatoes with a thin skin, and there’s no need to peel them, which again saves time. Cut them into pieces just a tiny bit larger than the carrots but still comfortable to eat.

Quartered potatoes

Trim your corned beef brisket of any excess fat, and add it to your crock pot. Sprinkle the pickling spices from the packet that came with your corned beef over it.

Sprinkle pickling spices over corned beef

cover that with the carrots and potatoes, as well as sliced green onion.

Crock pot corned beef ready to cook

Pour in a bottle of beer, and you’re done. All of this can be completed in under 10 minutes, including peeling and slicing your carrots, and your crock pot corned beef will be ready and waiting at dinnertime. Just make sure that the beer you use is a stout, as you want that heavy type of taste for this dinner.

Use stout for your crock pot corned beef

Cook it on low for 8-10 hours, and your mouth will be watering when you walk in the door smelling your crock pot corned beef! Once it has cooked, remove it from the crock pot and slice against the grain to thick slices. Use a slotted spoon to remove the veggies and serve immediately.

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Crock Pot Corned Beef

Crock Pot Corned Beef

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

Simple crock pot corned beef recipe with veggies but no cabbage that is ready with minimal prep time. This is enough to serve 10-12.


  • 3-4 lb corned beef brisket
  • included pickling spices
  • 5 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 6 new potatoes
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 12 oz stout


  1. Peel and slice carrots into bite size pieces. Do not peel potatoes, but cut into large bite size pieces. Slice your onions, and set all veggies aside.
  2. Trim any excess fat from corned beef brisket and place in crock pot. Cover with pickling spices, then top with veggies.
  3. Pour the stout over corned beef and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  4. Remove corned beef from crock pot once cooked, and slice against the grain into thick slices. Use a slotted spoon to remove the veggies and serve immediately.


If you're a cabbage lover, go ahead and add the cabbage with the rest of your veggies. Add one head of cabbage cut into quarters after you remove the root.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 402 Total Fat: 23.8g Cholesterol: 86mg Sodium: 1953mg Carbohydrates: 18g Fiber: 1.8g Sugar: 1.5g Protein: 25.5g
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Crock pot corned beef recipe

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  • Candace

    I bought some corned beef but didn’t have any idea how to cook it. This helps. Every other recipe I saw had cabbage, and I can’t stand it!

    • Michelle

      I’m with you. You could always add in cabbage to the crock pot an hour or so before it finishes cooking, but everyone in my family (and we’re all Irish!) always leaves every bit of the cabbage on the side of the plate, so why waste it?

  • Cooky Mom

    I’ll definitely have to get the ingredients so I can make this this weekend! Coming home to a meal already ready to eat after my 12 hour weekend shifts sounds amazing.

    • Michelle

      Awesome – my family absolutely loves this one. I hope you will, too!

  • colleen

    I love corned beef and make it often but when I add veggies they don’t cook fully. Some recipes say to put veggies on the bottom. Do they cook fully when chopped up? Also, is it OK to see another beer, not stout? I have a Coors in my fridge, just wonderin’.


    • Michelle

      I haven’t had a problem with my veggies cooking fully at all. I often put the veggies in the bottom so the meat isn’t resting there – that will work here. For the beer… I’d go with something dark. An ale won’t give you much flavor. It will still cook your corned beef, but you won’t have the same taste. I’d go ahead and buy even just one bottle (some grocery stores will sell them individually) or just know it won’t taste quite the same.

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