Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef

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This Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef recipe is so easy to make, and it’s the perfect meal for St. Patrick’s Day dinner.

Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef

This is a great recipe to plan to serve on St. Patrick’s Day, of course, but it’s a good recipe to serve any day of the year too! It actually serves as a wonderful meal to make for a weeknight dinner or a Sunday night dinner. Because it’s a slow cooker recipe, it’s so incredibly easy to make. You’re going to love this one!

Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef

How to make Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef:

It couldn’t be easier!  In a slow cooker, you’ll combine Guinness beer, water, onion, carrot, celery, brown sugar, tomato paste, fresh dill, beef broth, peppercorns and cloves. Then you’ll put a hunk of corned beef on top of those ingredients, seal the slow cooker and cook for 8 to 11 hours. About an hour or so before the cooking process ends, you’ll add cabbage wedges into the slow cooker. The slow cooker literally does all of the work in this recipe!

Serving Guinness Corned Beef

What to serve with corned beef:

The nice thing about this recipe is that there are carrots and cabbage cooked with the corned beef. So cabbage and corned beef are the natural accompaniments to corned beef. Whole grain mustard is awesome served with the corned beef. Take a bite of corned beef with a little bit of cabbage and dunk it in the mustard. So good!  I have a very good Irish Soda Bread recipe, so I would suggest you plan to make the bread and serve that too.

serving of Guinness Corned Beef

The best slow cooker to buy:

I’ve had the best slow cooker for a good number of years now. It’s the Hamilton Beach 6-quart Set and Forget Digital Programmable Slow Cooker. I never expected it to last this long, and I’d buy the same one again if my current one bit the dust.

I love this slow cooker for a number of reasons. It automatically switches to “warm” when it’s done cooking, so if you’re out and about when your recipe is done cooking then it won’t over-cook or go cold. It has a temperature probe, so you can keep an eye on meat temperatures during the slow cooking process. And it has a lid that clips on, so it’s easy to bring with you to a party.

Guinness Corned Beef on a serving platter

Here are a few more St. Patrick’s Day dinner recipes you might like to try:

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Slow Cooker Guinness Corned Beef

Perfect St. Patrick's Day meal!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Servings 6 servings
Calories 626kcal
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Keyword brisket, corned beef, guinness, slow cooker


  • 2 cups Guinness Stout
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large onion, cut into large pieces
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 large celery stalks, cut into large stalks
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • One 14.5-ounce can low-sodium beef broth
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 3 pounds cured corned beef brisket, fat trimmed
  • 1 medium head of cabbage, cut into wedges


  • Combine all of the ingredients (except beef and cabbage) in a large slow cooker, stirring until well- blended; top with the beef.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 8 hours (or on low for 11 hours) or until the beef is tender. Place the cabbage wedges into the slow cooker 1 1/2 hours before the cooking time ends. Remove the cabbage wedges and place into a serving bowl. Remove the beef to a cutting board, and cut across the grain into thin slices.
  • Discard the broth (or strain it and make a gravy out of it); serve the beef with whole- grain mustard and wedges of cabbage.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 626kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 3036mg | Potassium: 1382mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 6480IU | Vitamin C: 125mg | Calcium: 124mg | Iron: 5mg
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  • Jess wrote:

    How man pounds of corn beef is this recipe for? I couldn’t find it.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      It’s listed in the recipe ingredients on the recipe card- 3 pounds.

  • Dianne wrote:

    I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe. Looking forward to making it again. Thank you for sharing it

  • Lizzy wrote:

    Delicious – cant wait to make this Guinness corned beef for st. patricks day again