What Kind Of Corned Beef For Corned Beef And Cabbage?

This Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe is easy to make. To create a dish that differs from the standard boiled dinner, ale braised corned beef is roasted with basic ingredients and served with caramelized pan-roasted cabbage. There are instructions for both the oven and the crock pot or slow cooker.

What is corned beef and what cut should I buy?

  • Corned beef is salt-cured brisket. Compared to uncured plain brisket, this is different.
  • A seasoning packet for corned beef typically contains: bay leaves, peppercorns, mustard seeds, and dill seeds. This flavor packet creates a wonderfully flavored roast.
  • There are two types of corned beef cuts: the point cut and the flat cut. Point cuts can have more marbling but are typically not uniform in size. Flat cuts are easier to slice evenly (see illustration below).

What Kind Of Corned Beef For Corned Beef And Cabbage?

  • Flat or point cut corned beef should be saved with the accompanying spice packet!
  • Although they aren’t typically added to corned beef, onions add SO much flavor.
  • I mix baby red and gold potatoes for my potatoes.
  • Carrots – Whole carrots, peeled and sliced thick
  • Garlic cloves (not pictured)- Peeled
  • Water helps keep the dish moist overall; you can substitute beef broth if you prefer.
  • All that will fit in the slow cooker with the other ingredients is a small amount of cabbage (about a half head, cut into thin wedges).

What Kind Of Corned Beef For Corned Beef And Cabbage?

Step One: Place the onions in the slow cooker’s base.

Step Two – Add the corned beef and seasoning packet.

Step 3: Add the carrots, potatoes, and garlic. If you’d like, peel the potatoes. Add the water.

Step Four: You have the option of adding the cabbage now or saving it for the final two hours of cooking. If you add now, the cabbage will be ultra-tender.

What Kind Of Corned Beef For Corned Beef And Cabbage?

Step Five: Cook for five hours on HIGH or eight hours on LOW without opening the lid.

What other kind of liquid can I add?

Although water is traditionally used as the liquid in crockpot corned beef and cabbage, feel free to experiment with one of these alternative liquids for something different:

  • Beer – such as Guinness
  • Beef or chicken broth
  • Ginger ale – see this recipe from Just a Pinch
  • Add the brine from the packaging if you prefer a more salty flavor.

What Kind Of Corned Beef For Corned Beef And Cabbage?

When do I add the cabbage?

  • Everyone has a different preferred slow cooker cooking time for cabbage. In the recipe card’s video, I add the cabbage in the final two hours. For anyone making corned beef and cabbage for the first time, I believe that amount of time is ideal.
  • You can add the cabbage at any point. Add it at the start if you want it to be extra tender. If you want it crisp, add during the last hour.

What Kind Of Corned Beef For Corned Beef And Cabbage?

What can I do to make this low carb?

Corned beef is low carb. Just be cautious about the additional ingredients you add.

  • Use water as the liquid; avoid using beer or other beverages high in carbohydrates.
  • Omit the potatoes and use celery or cauliflower instead.

What Kind Of Corned Beef For Corned Beef And Cabbage?

Can I add brown sugar to this recipe?

In corned beef, brown sugar adds depth of flavor and lessens the salty taste. Sprinkle two tablespoons over your corned beef before cooking.

How do I serve crock pot corned beef and cabbage?

  • Slice the meat against the grain.
  • If preferred, smear the potatoes with melted butter and parsley.
  • Serve with horseradish or stone-ground mustard.

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What Kind Of Corned Beef For Corned Beef And Cabbage?

Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe

  • ▢ 2-4 lbs. Flat- or point-cut corned beef brisket with an included seasoning packet
  • 1 white onion, sliced (this is optional but good!)
  • ▢ 2 lbs. Peel the red or gold potatoes, or a combination of both if you’d like!
  • 3 carrots sliced thick
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1/2 head cabbage cut into thin wedges
  • 1 1/2 cups of water (for other liquid suggestions, see the notes below)
  • parsley for garnish
  • melted butter for potatoes if desired
  • horseradish or stone-ground mustard
  • Add the sliced onion to the slow cooker.
  • Rinse your corned beef and pat dry. Add to your slow cooker. Sprinkle over the included seasoning packet.
  • Add your baby potatoes on top of the roast. To ensure that your potatoes become tender, you can cut them in half if they are larger. Add the carrots and garlic.
  • Pour over the water. Add cabbage now if you want ultra-tender cabbage. Otherwise wait to add it until the last 2 hours.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker.
  • Cook on LOW for eight hours or HIGH for five. (Add the cabbage during the last 2 hours). To fit the cabbage in the pot, you might need to rearrange some items or cut your cabbage thinner.
  • Strip the meat after removing it to a cutting board.
  • Serve the meat with potatoes, carrots, and cabbage.
  • Drizzle melted butter over the potatoes if desired. Serve with horseradish mustard or stone ground mustard.
  • Flat cut – easier to slice evenly (pictured below)
  • Point cut: can have more marbling, but typically the size is not constant.
  • Both are great in this recipe. I usually choose whichever is cheaper.
  • Beer – such as Guinness
  • Beef or chicken broth
  • Ginger ale
  • Add the brine from the packaging if you prefer a more salty flavor.
  • Use water as the liquid; avoid using beer or other beverages high in carbohydrates.
  • Omit the potatoes and use celery or cauliflower instead.

Nutrition info is auto-generated. If you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations as this information is only an estimate.

Here are my other corned beef recipes and Irish inspired recipes:

Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage (Stovetop or Slow Cooker)

FAQ

What cut of beef is used for corned beef and cabbage?

Because beef brisket, the meat used to make corned beef, is a naturally tough cut, it must be braised, or cooked with moisture at a very low temperature. The secret to flavorful, tender corned beef is slow cooking.

What cuts of beef are best for corned beef?

Beef brisket is the cut used to make corned beef. A substantial piece of beef cattle’s lower chest or breast is known as a primal cut. A whole brisket typically weighs 10 pounds or more and is a tough cut with connective tissue throughout.

Which is the best corned beef to cook?

For corned beef, the flat cut is preferred, but whole brisket is also frequently used. Make sure you choose the flat corned beef if you want to prepare the dish that looks the best. You can use either hash or corned beef to make reuben sandwiches and get excellent results.

What is the best most tender corned beef?

Which Corned Beef Cut Is More Tender? Point cut is the best cut of corned beef if you want a more tender and juicy meat. It is more flavorful, soft, and juicy than flat cut because it has more marbling and fat.

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