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Easy Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe

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This Slow Cooker Corned Beef with Cabbage is an easy, one-pot recipe that is so delicious that you’ll want to make it all year round.

Recipe Author: Carrie Forrest | Clean Eating Kitchen

What is Corned Beef?

Most of us associate corned beef with St. Patrick’s Day, but do you even know what it is? I didn’t until I bought one and made it for myself. Turns out, it is simply a cut of beef, usually brisket, that is soaked in a salty mixture with peppercorns.

The corned beef that I bought and recommend is a grass-fed corned beef brisket from U.S. Wellness Meats. It comes frozen and shipped straight to your door.

How to Make Corned Beef & Cabbage

If you’ve ever made grass-fed beef before, then you know that it’s usually leaner than its grain-fed counterpart. The slow-cooker or crockpot is really perfect for cooking lean and grass-fed meats, and that’s why I love it for making this recipe.

Some FAQs About Corned Beef

Why do we eat corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day? It turns out that corned beef is not a traditional Irish food, but it was adopted by Irish immigrants in the early 19th century. So, eating corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day is really just one of those quirky American traditions.

What does corned beef taste like? It is delicious! The meat is falling-apart tender, with just the perfect amount of salt and pepper. I love it so much. It goes particularly well with cabbage, too.

Is corned beef bad for you? I think it depends on what kind of corned beef you buy. If you get a conventionally-raised piece of meat full of antibiotics, then I consider that unhealthy.

If you get a grass-fed brisket with simple, real food ingredients, then it’s a nourishing meal for special occasions. A corned beef is likely higher in sodium than other beef meals, so that is the only drawback in my opinion.

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Photo Credit: Easy Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage by Carrie Forrest | Clean Eating Kitchen

USWM Shopping List: Grass-fed Corned Beef Brisket, Beef Broth

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours


Instructions For Easy Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage

  1. Add the cabbage to the pot of a 6 or 8-quart slow-cooker. Place the corned beef on top of the cabbage and add the lid.
  2. Cook on low for 7-9 hours or on high for 6 hours.

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Carrie Forrest

Meet The Author

Carrie Forrest is the creator of the blog, Clean Eating Kitchen, where she shares gluten-free and dairy-free recipes and tips. She also hosts the podcast, Clean Eating for Women. Carrie has masters degrees in business and public health nutrition, but, more importantly, has used a real food diet to recover from and manage multiple health conditions including PCOS, chronic migraines, anxiety, autoimmune disease, and cancer.