This is a combination of a few different recipes I’ve either found online or in cookbooks. I like using the crock pot (ease of use, easy to clean) and found all the corned beef and cabbage recipes for the crock pot lacked either flavor or texture or were too bland to be counted for much more than a side dish to something with flavor (like Shepherd’s Pie). I’m not fond of the garden-variety corned beef brisket you find in supermarkets, but believe anything can be made to taste good, and so this recipe was developed to do just that. I’d hold back on adding anything other than the addition of an onion. I’ve tried this recipe with carrots, celery and onions and found the flavors did not mesh well save for a lone onion (the sweeter the better). NOTE: If you are using a ceramic insert crock pot or a crock with any hot/cold sensitive material, fill the crock pot 3/4 full with warm water and heat the crock pot on high for at least 45 minutes prior to adding in the brisket and liquid. Dump the water when ready to transfer the corned beef to the crock.