You Don’t Need the Luck of the Irish to Make Delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage
May your heart be light and happy, may your smile be big and wide, and may your pockets always have a coin or two inside! It’s time to start pulling out all of your green clothes and get ready for a delicious Irish meal. This year, why not celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a traditional dinner of corned beef and cabbage?
The history of serving corned beef on this holiday dates back to the 19th century with our Irish immigrants. Ireland has long been a notable producer of salted meat, yet beef was almost all reserved for trade. The Irish tended to eat more affordable sources of protein including salted pork and dairy.
But when the Irish landed in America, they found the local version of salted pork, a.k.a. “bacon”, to be too expensive. As a result, immigrants took up a liking for a more affordable cut of meat—corned beef. While it was a luxury in Ireland, this meat was inexpensive and easy to find in America. And thus our tribute to Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day centers on the Irish’s favorite meal in their new land.
How To Make The Best Slow Cooker Corned Beef
- 3-4 lbs of TBS corned beef
- 1 seasoning packet
- 12 ounces of your favorite stout beer
- 1 cups brown sugar
- 3 ½ lbs Yukon gold potatoes, cut in large chunks
- 1 head cabbage, coarsely chopped or sliced
- 2 sweet onions, chopped
- 6-8 large carrots, chopped in 1 ½ inch sections
- 1 bay leaf
- Rinse and pat dry the corned beef. Apply the brown sugar as a rub on all sides.
- Pour 2/3’s of the beer into the slow cooker and add the corned beef.
- Sprinkle the seasoning packet onto the roast.
- Place the potatoes, onion, bay leaf, and carrots in the cooker around the meat.
- Pour the rest of the beer over the contents in the cooker.
- Set a timer to add the cabbage to the cooker after about 6 hours. If you like your cabbage more tender, you can add it in earlier—even at the very start of cooking.
- Place the lid on the cooker and cook on low for 8 hours. The meat should be tender.
- When done, allow the meat to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
- Serve with vegetables and cabbage.
Preparing for this delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage meal is as easy as making a stop at The Butcher Shop. Just let us know you want to prepare this recipe and we’ll help you get the ingredients you need. With locally sourced meat and farm-fresh produce, it’s easy to create a dinner your whole family will love.