The thing that my family likes the most about this food/lifestyle blog is that it constantly has me trying out new recipes. Recently, I was inspired to look for a slow cooker corned beef recipe in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
When I mentioned the recipe to my husband Reggie, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that he really enjoys corned beef. (He never mentioned that before!) I couldn’t find an easy recipe that I liked, so I called on my chef friend Mike. He sat me down and talked me through how to make a tender, delicious “not too salty” corned beef.
In any event, this “lazy, slow cook” gets rid of some of the salt from the roast beef without sacrificing the flavor. Since I was looking for a way to make corned beef less salty, this recipe is a great way to taste the corned beef and not the salt. My family enjoyed it and I hope that your family will too.
Slow Cooker Recipe for Corned Beef
“Not Too Salty”Slow Cooker Recipe for Corned Beef
- 4-6 lbs corned beef brisket
- .75 oz pickling spice
- Remove the brined corned beef from its package. Rinse it and place it into the crock pot with enough water to cover it. Place the lid on the crock pot.
- Cook the corned beef on “high” until it comes to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, lower the setting to “low” and let the corned beef simmer on “low” for 1 and ½ hour.
- Near the 1 and ½ hour mark, boil another pot of water on the stovetop (with enough water to cover the corned beef).
- At the 1 and ½ hour mark, remove the corned beef from the slow cooker and dump the water used for the original simmering.
- Place the corned beef back into the crock pot and place enough of the fresh boiling water (from the pot on the stove) to cover it. Then, add the pickling spice before placing the lid on the crock pot. Let the corned beef simmer on “low” for an additional 1 and ½ to 2 hours (depending on how tender you prefer your meat).
-As an option for the second simmering (Step 5), you can add two bottles of dark beer (i.e. Guinness beer in honor of St. Patrick’s Day) to this slow cooker recipe for corned beef.
-You can use this exact same recipe for the stovetop. Just substitute a large pot for the slow cooker and substitute the stove’s flame (high/low) for the slow cooker instructions!
That’s it. You can serve the corned beef with cabbage. While you can use the same water that the corned beef was prepared in, I prefer my“Easy Cabbage Recipe”.
If you are looking for what to serve with corned beef and cabbage, I suggest green beans, asparagus or my friend Shari’s Irish Soda Bread.
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