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Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

If you are looking for an easy way to make corned beef and cabbage you’ve found it! This simple Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe is great for St. Patrick’s Day…it’s also great for a year round meal that’s simple and delicious.

Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional Irish meal that is usually served around here for St. Patrick’s Day especially. If you’re wondering What to Eat with Corned Beef, keep reading.

I hope you have a chance to enjoy some Irish fare. Don’t wait for St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy this delicious meal, try it out today!

Pin showing the finished Crock Pot corned beef and cabbage with title across the top.

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This Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage (I bet you noticed there is carrots and potatoes in there, too) was so easy and delicious! I do have to admit I was a bit surprised by how much the meat shrank during the cooking process.

The 4 lb brisket looked very small after 6 hours in the crockpot. After it was shredded, there was plenty of meat to go around along with the veggies and potatoes. Just keep in mind that if it looks like a TON when you start out it will likely shrink down a lot while cooking.

A look at the finished crock pot corned beef and cabbage recipe ready to eat.

Ingredients needed to make Crockpot corned beef:

This recipe only needs about five simple ingredients. You’ll need a corned beef brisket with the spice packet, some carrots, potatoes, onion, and cabbage. You will also need water and some salt and pepper to taste.

That’s all you will need to make this delicious meal at home. Corned beef was a staple in Irish cooking which means it’s famously simple and uses hardy ingredients with delicious flavors. The corned beef will give everything a great flavor and after a few hours in the Crockpot your home will smell delicious!

ingredients needed to make crockpot corned beef before we start cooking.

How to make a corned beef brisket for St. Patrick’s Day:

This is a pretty simple recipe…we’re taking about Crockpot cooking after all so it should be nice and easy! My method of making corned beef and cabbage is pretty much how it’s made here in Central Pa. I’m sure there are other versions that are more traditional but when it comes to corned beef, the slow cooker is a MUST.

The low heat and slow cooking process allows all that connective tissue and fat to render properly so that it will remain tender but also shred nicely!

A top down look at the finished crockpot corned beef and cabbage recipe.

I’ll show you step by step how I prepare this recipe for my family. Since we’re only using about five ingredients you really don’t have to do much thinking or advance preparation here. I promise it’s a simple preparation that everyone will be able to master.

veggies in the bottom of the crockpot.

Place carrots, potatoes, and onion in the bottom of slow cooker Pour water over vegetables.

Corned beef added to the crockpot.

Place brisket on top of vegetables and sprinkle on spice from packet Cook on low for 6 hours.

Finished crockpot corned beef ready to eat.

Add in chopped cabbage and cook for an additional hour Remove brisket to slice and serve on top of vegetables.

a close up view of the finished corned beef.

Kitchen essentials for Crockpot cooking: 

These links are great for shopping the best Crockpots and accessories for making a variety of recipes in your slow cooker.

I use a liner whenever I’m making anything that might get stuck on. It makes cleanup a breeze and keeps everything easy to remove! You’ll need a good metal serving spoon to get this recipe served up pretty and easily.

a view of the finished meal ready to be served.

When it comes to Crockpots I have MANY…it’s an obsession of mine, I’m not too proud to admit. I like to have options when it comes to sizes. A nice 6 quart is useful for all kinds of recipes. You can also use a 4 quart for many recipes and these Little Dipper crockpots are perfect for dessert, fondue, and more!

Looking for more delicious recipes to try?

Here are some of our other slow cooker favorites. Give these recipes a try and see just how simple life in the kitchen can be with the help of a good Crockpot!

We love Crockpot Cheeseburger Soup, Crock Pot Pork and Sauerkraut Recipe, 30 Weight Watchers Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes, and Slow Cooker Pork Tacos.

Do you have WW points for this corned beef and cabbage recipe?

This recipe was not originally intended to be Weight Watchers friendly but it’s not super difficult to calculate the points for it so I have included that information below. Corned beef is not the most WW friendly of meats so keep in mind that this is a small serving size to account for that.

If you enjoy multiple servings you’ll need to track them or you can make changes to the recipe to try and accommodate a lower points style, etc. I always use the Weight Watchers recipe creator on their website to calculate my recipes but even brand changes between products can cause shifts in points. If you have questions or concerns it’s always best to calculate for yourself using exactly what you put into the recipe for accuracy!

Which WW Program are these points for?

WW has definitely changed from 2020 to now. They went from three to one plan to multiple plans and back to one plan again. So in 2023, we have just plain old “POINTS.”

  • Be sure to calculate the points value of the foods and recipes you eat in the app.
  • Always add ingredients and serving sizes and don’t rely on the nutrition facts in the recipe.
  • Accuracy will come from the information you input on the app.

That is calculating the recipe for 12 servings which is 1 potato, and 1/12th of the meat and remaining vegetables after cooking. Staring with 4lbs of uncooked beef brisket the amount will change from each roast that you’ll end up with at the end. I usually have a slice of corned beef, as much cabbage and carrots as I’d like and then I also include 1 potato!

Printable Recipe for Crock Pot corned beef and cabbage:

Featured image showing a plate full of veggies and the Crock pot corned beef and cabbage ready to eat.

Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Yield: 12 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes

If you are looking for an easy way to make corned beef and cabbage you've found it! This simple Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe is great for St. Patrick's Day...it's also great for a year round meal that's simple and delicious.


  • 4 lb corned beef brisket w/ spice packet
  • 4 large carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 12 - 14 baby red potatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ head of cabbage, chopped rough (approx 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Place carrots, potatoes, and onion in the bottom of slow cooker
  2. Pour water over vegetables
  3. Place brisket on top of vegetables and sprinkle on spice from packet
  4. Cook on low for 6 hours
  5. Add in chopped cabbage and cook for an additional hour
  6. Remove brisket to slice and serve on top of vegetables
Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 816Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 192mgSodium 172mgCarbohydrates 65gFiber 7gSugar 7gProtein 60g

As with any of our recipes, carb counts, calorie counts, WW points and nutritional information varies greatly. As a result, your nutritional content depends on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish. The auto-calculation is just an automated estimate and should NOT be used for specific dietary needs.

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  1. I am so confused, how can you cook the vegetables on high for that long, won’t it be mushy? I really want to make this recipe for St. Patrick’s day as I will be out most of the day. Not sure if it was a printing error saying it should be on high for that amount of time. Please help me out!

    1. Thanks for catching that. It’s 6 hours on low and then another hour (or two) depending on the size of your cabbage. Recipe updated.

  2. I would definitely need bigger corn beef. Can I put 2,of them in crock?? I Know corn beef shrinks down to nothing..? I rather have more corn beef than to little!! It seems so easy in crock pot to make..

    1. 2 should be fine. Just check the internal temperature to make sure they are thoroughly cooked.

  3. Hello. I remember my grandmother making this very similar recipe, she was German and everyone at other places I’ve been, considered a dish like this to be Jewish! Funny, but who really cares?#! I live alone and a 4 pound brisket is too much. I was going to follow the recipe and cut it in half. I really love carrots more than potato, but do you think less potato, and more carrots would mess with the flavor? And, I haven’t any celery. Could I cheat and add celery salt or ??. How does this sound, will I still have a wonderful dish when finished with more carrots, no celery, and the brown mustard only being normal Dijon? I do have hot n mild horse radish!
    I’m not a big cook, I have been spoiled with excellent cooks that never looked at recipe books. I watched, tasted, and now they took their recipes to the grave. This recipe of yours, sounds like the recipe my granny did.. If you don’t answer right away, I’m starting my venture, with or without you.
    ???? Peace

  4. Got to try your recipe, it sounds delicious. The combination of flavors – incredible. Thank you for sharing at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party! Pinning

  5. We just grabbed a corned beef at the grocery store! Yum!

  6. This is a great way to take the stress out of St. Patty’s Day! We will definitely be using our Crock Pot this year. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Actually not an Irish dish at all. Good though.

      1. Definitely not technically Irish but so many people associate it with St. Paddy’s Day. Thanks for stopping by.