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Pioneer Woman Crockpot Corned Beef

The perfect meal for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!

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Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated September 14, 2022

Pioneer Woman Crockpot Corned Beef is a traditional dish made easy! This copycat recipe is bound to be a hit at your next St. Patrick’s Day party or Christmas dinner.

Pioneer Woman Crockpot Corned Beef

Traditional corned beef is made from brisket that’s been cured in a salty brine to tenderize the meat. This beef becomes even more tender and juicy slow cooking for hours in the crockpot.

Corned beef is a traditional ingredient in Irish and Jewish cuisine, but is also popular worldwide. It’s a staple ingredient in dishes like the Reuben sandwich, Filipino fried rice, and Irish corned beef and cabbage.

This is a great hearty meal to make on cold winter days. Pioneer Woman makes this crock pot recipe simple and accessible by using the crockpot to save time.

Keep this filling family recipe on hand when you’re craving traditional comfort food. Vegetables like carrots and potatoes ensure that this slow cooker corned beef is not only delicious, but healthy too.

Tips and Tricks for Making Pioneer Woman’s Crockpot Corned Beef

  • Cook the corned beef on LOW heat, if time permits. It will take about 7-8 hours to cook, but the brisket will be more juicy and tender.

  • Don’t submerge the corned beef entirely in liquid. Leave the top third uncovered so the seasonings on top stay in place.

  • Substitute the water in this recipe for vegetable or beef broth, or even beer. This will help give the vegetables in this savory slow cooker stew more flavor.

  • Be careful about adding any additional salt, or you’ll end up with an inedible dish. If you’re using brine seasoning for the meat, it will already contain plenty of salt.

  • Let the beef cook until it is fall-apart tender. Check the beef with a fork, and if there’s any give, the meat isn’t ready yet.

  • Add the vegetables in the last 3 hours of cooking. Adding them earlier may result in mushy cabbage and carrots.

  • Mix your own seasoning packet to customize the flavors of your corned beef. A great hack for delicious corned beef seasoning is to use a pickling spice packet.

  • Ensure the internal temperature of the cooked corned beef reaches 145°F. Do this by inserting a meat thermometer into the center of the brisket.

  • Allow 5-10 minutes for the corned beef to rest after cooking. This lets the juices reabsorb into the meat and ensures the juiciest corned beef possible.

  • Cut the corned beef against the grain. Doing this will cut into the tough muscle fibers and create more tender beef.

Pioneer Woman Crockpot Corned

Pioneer Woman Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

  • Prep Time20 min
  • Cook Time8 hours
  • Total Time8h20 min
  • Servings6
  • Yield6

Level: Easy




  1. Cut Onion Into Wedges

    Remove the onion skin. Slice the onion into 6 wedges, but keep the core and roots intact.

  2. Rinse Beef Brisket

    Rinse the beef under warm water. This will help remove any excess salt.

  3. Line Crockpot With Onion and Thyme

    Pinch off 1 tbsp of fresh thyme leaves. Add them to the bottom of the slow cooker, along with the onion wedges.

  4. Add Corned Beef to Crockpot

    Place the corned beef on top of the onions and thyme. Make sure the fat-cap (the thick layer of fat) is facing upward.

  5. Pour in Water and Seasoning Packet

    Add the water and seasoning packet to the crockpot. Make sure the seasoning packet is distributed evenly around the corned beef.

  6. Slow Cook

    Place the lid on the crockpot. Cook corned beef for 5 hours on HIGH.

  7. Add Carrots and Potatoes

    Peel the carrots and potatoes. Dice the carrots into 2-inch pieces.

    Cut the potatoes into quarters and add them to the slow cooker with the carrots. Place them around the beef, submerged in the cooking liquid.

    Cover and cook for 1 1/2 hours on HIGH.

  8. Add Cabbage

    Cut half a head of cabbage into wedges. Keep the core of the cabbage intact.

    Add the cabbage to the crockpot and cook for another 30 minutes on HIGH.

  9. Let Corned Beef Rest

    The vegetables should be soft, and the corned beef tender when ready. Insert a meat thermometer into the center of the brisket and make sure it has reached 145°F.

    Turn the crockpot off and give the corned beef 10 minutes to rest.

  10. Make Mustard Dressing

    In a small mixing bowl, combine mustard and honey. Whisk together until combined.

  11. Serve

    Thinly slice corned beef against the grain for added tenderness. Serve with vegetables, freshly cracked pepper, and a drizzle of honey mustard dressing.

    Alternatively, you can serve the mustard dressing on the side for dipping. Horseradish sauce is another delicious condiment for this dish.

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What to Serve with Crockpot Corned Beef

This crockpot corned beef is a complete dish on its own. But to make it fit for a holiday dinner table, you’ll need a few sides!

If you’re serving this corned beef for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, you can include other traditional Irish fares. Soda bread is a yeast-free bread that rises quickly and is perfect to soak up the hearty broth!

Soda bread usually isn’t available in stores and has to be made by hand. So if you don’t have time, you can simply pick up a loaf of sourdough.

Leftover corned beef makes excellent sandwich meat. Try making your own Reuben, using provolone cheese and either leftover crockpot cabbage or sauerkraut.

Corned beef can also be transformed into a breakfast food called corned beef hash! Simply fry shredded corned beef with hash brown potatoes and onions.

How to Store and Freeze Crockpot Corned Beef

Crockpot corned beef is a great leftover meal. It stores well in both the refrigerator and freezer, so you can make a big batch for a later date!

If you’re storing this meal in the refrigerator, I recommend using an airtight container. This will not only keep bacteria out but will lessen the chance of any spills.

Keep the corned beef and vegetables in the refrigerator like this for up to 4 days.

If you’re storing a batch for the freezer, I recommend using a heavy-duty freezer bag. This will take up less space in your freezer, and leaves more containers available for other things.

Corned beef and cabbage will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 4 months. After this time, the food is still safe, but the flavor and texture may change for the worse.

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How to Reheat Crockpot Corned Beef

Any food stored in the freezer is safe from bacteria. This is because below 0°F microbes go dormant and micro-organisms cease to grow.

But, proper reheating is important to keep bacteria at bay. If you’re reheating food from the freezer or refrigerator, follow these guidelines.

Note: If you are reheating food from the freezer, first let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. This will ensure that the food heats all the way through.

To reheat in the oven:

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a pan with tin foil and add your corned beef and vegetables.

Wrap the food in tin foil and place in the oven for approximately 20 minutes. Use a food thermometer to ensure the inside of the corned beef reaches 165°F.

The potatoes and carrots should be steaming and the juices bubbling.

To reheat in the crockpot:

Reheating this corned beef in the crock pot will help preserve its tenderness and juiciness. You should add 1-2 inches of water to the bottom of the crockpot to prevent sticking.

Then, add your corned beef and vegetables. Cover with a lid and cook on HIGH for 1 hour.

Check that the internal temperature of the corned beef reaches 165°F before you remove the food from the heat. This is the minimum internal temperature recommended by the USDA for all reheated meats.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 481Calories
  • 19.8g Fat
  • 51.1g Carbs
  • 25.5gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat19.8g 25%
Saturated Fat8.1g 41%
Cholesterol93mg 31%
Sodium1452mg 63%
Total Carbohydrate51.1g 19%
Dietary Fiber6.6g 24%
Total Sugars11.9g
Vitamin C0mcg 0%
Calcium85mg 7%
Iron11mg 61%
Potassium1462mg 31%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.
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