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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.

While I have never thought about myself as Irish, I do have some Irish heritage. My maternal grandmother’s maiden name was Flannigan, so I assume that gives me some Irish blood. Even though, I have never claimed to be Irish, I’ll take their food traditions any way I can get them.

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!

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

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 8 hours in the crock pot. 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 high for 8 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!

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

This recipe was not original intended to be Weight Watchers friendly but it’s not super difficult to calculate for all the plans nowadays so I’m include that info 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!

points bubble showing 11 points on purple and blue and 15 points on green.
  • 11 Purple
  • 15 Green
  • 15 Blue

That is calculating the recipe for 10 servings which is 1 potato, and 1/10th of the meat 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!

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, Weight Watchers Applesauce Recipe, Weight Watchers Cabbage Soup, Instant Pot Mexican Shredded Chicken Recipe, and Slow Cooker Pork Tacos, Weight Watchers Turkey Minestrone | Slow Cooker Recipe!

Printable Recipe for Crock Pot corned beef and cabbage:

Prep Time
15 minutes

Cook Time
8 hours

Total Time
8 hours 15 minutes


  • 4 lb corned beef brisket w/ spice packet
  • 4 large carrots, peeled & chopped
  • 10 baby red potatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ½ head of cabbage, chopped rough
  • 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 high for 8 hours
  5. Add in chopped cabbage and cook for an additional hour
  6. Remove brisket to slice and serve on top of vegetables

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


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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