Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage

by | Mar 15, 2024

St Patrick’s Day is Sunday March 17 and the recipe below will help you get in the Irish spirit. Either put this in the crockpot Saturday night for a delicious Sunday lunch or start the crockpot Sunday morning and be ready for a dinner that will be the envy of all the leprechauns.   However you choose to celebrate be sure to wear your best green outfit and keep the pinching to a minimum.

This recipe was provide by NCDA&CS Assistant General Counsel N.T. Oakley.  “I have made this for my family for St. Patrick’s Day for the last eight years. My wife eats it, my parents eat it, even the kids eat it,” said Oakley. “This year, I made it for my coworkers here at the Department and they enjoyed it! I recommend serving it with warm Irish soda bread with Irish butter and, for those at least 21 years old and not at work, driving, or operating heavy machinery, a good stout beer such as Mastiff Oatmeal Stout from Aberdeen, NC’s Railhouse Brewery, one of our Got to Be NC members.”

Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe (for standard-size crock pot):


  •  4 large carrots, peeled and cut into matchstick-size pieces (OR one 1-lb. bag of small baby carrots)
  • 10 baby red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 corned beef brisket (2-4 lbs., depending on size of your crockpot) with spice packet
  • Water (1-2 cups if you want it more like stew; 3-4 cups if you want it more like soup)
  • 1 12-oz. bottle of Irish-style stout beer
  • Head of cabbage, coarsely chopped


1. Place the peeled-and-cut carrots (or the baby carrots), the quartered potatoes, and the cut onion in the bottom of the crockpot.
2. Pour the water over the vegetables.
3. Place the brisket on top of the vegetables.
4. Pour the beer over the brisket.
5. Sprinkle the spices from the spice packet on the brisket.
6. Place the cover on the crockpot.
7. Set the crockpot to cook on “low” for 8 hours.
8. After 8 hours of cooking, stir in the cabbage and cook on low for 1 more hour.
9. When the time is up, use a couple of serving forks to shred the corned beef before serving.
10. Enjoy!