Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I’m not a fan of all of the green beer, but I do love delicious food and corned beef and cabbage is super yummy! Last year was my first time trying to make corned beef and cabbage and I have to say, it turned out ok but I’m not all that crazy about how soggy the cabbage gets and that the flavor is sort of sucked out of it. I love cabbage raw and when I eat cooked cabbage, I like it to have some crunch to it. So this year, that was my goal. This is what I came up with – make the corned beef and veggies in the slow cooker and the cabbage completely separate. BEST decision ever! Here’s what I did:


  • 3 Celery Stalks, cut into 2-3″ pieces
  • 3 Carrots, peeled and cut into 2-3″ pieces
  • 1 Medium Yellow or Sweet Onion, cut into wedges
  • 5-6 Medium Red Potatoes, quartered
  • 1 Package Corned Beef Brisket (mine was just under 3 pounds), including the Pickling Spice Packet that comes with it
  • 1 head of Green Cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • Butter
  • White Vinegar – to taste


  1. In a larger oval slow cooker (this makes it way easier since the meat fits better!) place the celery, carrots, onions and potatoes.
  2. Place your corned beef brisket on top of the veggies fat side up.
  3. Sprinkle the pickling spices all around and add your sprigs of thyme.
  4. Add 6 cups of water – this should cover most of the meat.
  5. Cover and cook on high for about 5-6 hours or until corned beef is tender.
  6. About 30 minutes before the corned beef is done, chop up your cabbage and place in a large skillet with about 2 tablespoons of butter.
  7. Sprinkle generously with Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper. Cover and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until the cabbage is the consistency you prefer. I left mine still sort of crunchy.
  8. Towards the end – splash the cabbage with white vinegar. I put probably about 4-5 tablespoons of it in there because we really like vinegar in my house!
  9. Serve corned beef (slicing it against the grain) with the vegetables and cabbage and enjoy!

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