Corned Beef in Beer (Crock Pot)

"The best Corned Beef I've ever made was in the Crock pot. (You can substitute water for beer, but the flavor won't be the same) NOTE: If you make more than 3-4 lbs., cook it on HIGH. I've made 6-7 lbs., and it won't be done after 9 hours on LOW. ANOTHER NOTE: This makes wonderful sandwiches if you cook it, then chill it before slicing."
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Ready In:
9hrs 10mins




  • Place potatoes, onions, carrots, and bay leaf in crock pot.
  • Trim excess fat from brisket; put meat on top of veges.
  • Mix molasses with beer and pour over all.
  • Cover and cook on LOW heat setting 9-11 hours. If desired, place cabbage wedges on top of meat. to steam for last hour.
  • Slice brisket thinly across grain (let it cool 5- 10 minutes for easier slicing).
  • Serve with vegetables.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Neely B.
    I see it calls for 2 Tbsp of molasses in the ingredients, but it doesn't saw when/how to add it. I'd assume with the beer, but do you pour it over the meat? Did anyone use it, or should I just omit it? TIA!
  2. Andrew S.
    Do you use the spice packet?
  3. rhbembe
    What kind of beer is best?
  4. TJL5431
    My corned beef came with a flavor packet- I assume its ok to put that in the pot as well?
  5. Christopher P.
    You use only 12 Oz of beer for the liquid? No additional water?


  1. CreamOfWeber
    It's a good recipe. <br/><br/>It however fails to mention that you need to put the cabbage in the last hour. That's why many of you are getting overcooked cabbage. Also.... the potatoes should be put in the last 2 hours or so. If you cook them from the start they WILL be brown and mushy.
  2. JennyLynn99
    Fantastic! This was my first time cooking corned beef and it went very well! I followed the recipe exactly as written. I did, however, take the suggestion of other reviewers and soaked it, but only for the amount of time it took me to cut up the other ingredients. We used Sam Adams Honey Porter beer and I definitely suggest using a good beer as it infuses the brisket. We cooked it for 10 1/2 hours and couldn't wait to tear into it when we got home from work. Thanks for a great recipe! **Update 2/5/10** Made this again., still amazing! This time we used Sam Adams Boston Lager and we agreed it was even better. Hope this helps someone!
  3. scubapanda
    Fabulous! I've been following this recipe as my base recipe for CB&C over the past 3 yrs, tweeking it with a few minor variations, & it comes out great every time! We've experimented with different beers, from lagers, porters, stouts (like Guinness), red ales & IPAs. We've found the hoppier beers work the best, such as pale ales, red ales & IPAs (IPA being my favorite). They give excellent flavor to the meat & veggies. A note on the cabbage: since this is being cooked over a long period of time, we put in the cabbage for the last 2 hrs or so. If you cook the cabbage for the whole 9 hrs, it will turn to mush. Thanks for posting!
  4. jackcheese_11416616
    wow! this is the only way to go. i followed the recipe almost to the letter. only exception was i also, like many other reviewers, used a whole can of beer. my corned beef was a little over 3lbs. i cooked it in my 51/2 qt. crockpot. after 9 hours, it was perfect. i removed the corned beef, and covered it with foil. let it rest at least 20 minutes before cutting. i did rinse the corned beef before cooking, did not use the liquid in the package. however, i did use the seasoning packet, and added a dozen whole peppercorns. like others have suggested, use a flat cut, not pointed. oh, also cook it fat side up. this keeps the meat even moister as the fat is an insulator, and the fat slowly melts over the beef. this will be my go to recipe for corned beef.
  5. Michelle Courtney
    What kind of corn beef their are two kinds of corn beef never know which one to choose is one more tender then the other thanks


  1. Elizabeth
    This is my basic go-to recipe. Tossing in bay, pickling spices and whatever I feel, plus a can of Guinness of course. When it's cooked to tender, I remove and rub with brown sugar/ginger ale syrup and roast for an hour or so, until a delicious crust forms. Yes way. Perfect!!!
  2. Chef thnkdffrnt
    This is how I will make corned beef from now on! It could not have been any better; the most delicious corned beef I've ever prepared or eaten. Instead of beer, I used a bottle of Harpoon Hard Apple Cider, which gave it a malty sweetness that was a perfect foil to the bay leaves and corned beef spices (I did use the flavor pack that came with the brisket, in addition). After reading other reviews, I decided to cook the vegetables separately but I added a few ladles of the juice from the crock pot to the boiling water. Thanks for helping me create a perfect meal for St. Patrick's Day.
  3. Tinkmommy
    First time making corned beef and it came out wonderful. However I should note that I omitted the cabbage (personal preference) and unfortunately had to use water instead of beer. My husband drank it all the night before unbeknownst to me. It still came out delicious and look forward to making it again with the beer.
  4. Shaun K.
    add garlic, hot peppers to the crock pot
  5. Krisie Y.
    Sweet potatoes and used apple cider rather than beer. Worked great!


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