Easy Slow Cooker Corned Beef
Easy Slow Cooker Corned Beef is the corned beef recipe you need for St. Patrick’s Day because it takes only one secret ingredient (and it’s not Guinness, which keeps it gluten free) and about thirty seconds of prep time. Then your crock pot does all the work, and you’ll be ready for your gluten free St. Patrick’s Day! Oh, and this is a kid-friendly dish, too! Since there’s never a bad time to have corned beef, use this as one of your back to school crock pot recipes!
Easy Crock Pot Corned Beef
What qualifies this Polish and Ukrainian gal to give you what really should become your go-to corned beef recipe? Absolutely nothing. I mean, I make pierogies and Hrudka. And I get all kinds of flack for calling these tasty taters Shepherd’s Pie Loaded Baked Potatoes because I use beef instead of lamb (full disclosure: I don’t like lamb).
But what I can tell you is that up until several years ago I had never made corned beef. It wasn’t even all that long ago that I even tried corned beef for the first time. Clearly all of this is truly winning your confidence in me to be able to provide you with a corned beef recipe worth making.
So I’m sure, as with anything I label “shepherd’s pie“, I’m going to get called our for my utter lack of authenticity. I’m totally okay with that, because I’m not putting this recipe out there for the folks looking for the most traditional corned beef recipe. I’m sharing it for anyone who falls into any of the following categories:
- You don’t like corned beef – I thought I didn’t like corned beef. I thought my kids wouldn’t like corned beef. Guess what? We all love this corned beef.
- You’ve never made corned beef – there’s no possible way to mess this up.
- You don’t like cabbage – unless it’s Maple Dijon Apple Cole Slaw, my family’s not eating cabbage, so I just didn’t even bother.
- You have kids as weird as mine – they will not eat potatoes or carrots cooked in meat juices. Again, I didn’t bother and just make my veggies on the side (I give you some suggestions below).
- You have no time – trust me, you totally do have time for this.
- You have celiac or a gluten allergy – no Guinness in this recipe.
- You don’t like beer – see above.
So if none of these apply to you, go find another easy slow cooker corned beef recipe. But if you want a total no-brainer, here you go…
All it takes is a bottle of hard cider to make my family’s favorite Easy Slow Cooker Corned Beef.
I had a friend tell me you really only need a bottle of Guinness to make good corned beef. But with a gluten allergy, that wasn’t happening. So guys, literally all I do is toss my corned beef in the slow cooker and pour over a bottle of hard cider. I’m not even kidding. Well okay, I do rinse it off and sprinkle in the seasoning packet that comes with the corned beef, but that’s all.
And there’s something about the acidity an alcohol that further tenderizes this cut of meat and cuts some of the richness, plus the slight sweetness to balance the saltiness. I really don’t think there’s a simpler way to make corned beef that turns out so perfectly every time. There’s really no need to make this any more complicated. Just rinse, dump, pour, cook, and enjoy!
With all the time you save, you can totally make Gluten-Free Mini Irish Cream Chocolate Mousse Pies for dessert!
And if you want to continue your non-traditional but totally delicious St. Paddy’s Day, here’s some sides that pair perfectly with this easy corned beef recipe…
- Horseradish Cheddar Whipped Cauliflower Gratin
- Browned Butter Peas and Carrots
- Gluten Free Apple Butter Corn Bread
- Brussels Sprouts Bacon Cauliflower Colcannon
And here’s a ton of ideas for celebrating a gluten free St. Patrick’s Day!
Then if you have leftover corned beef, my friends have some fabulous ideas for you. Reuben Loaded Potatoes from Lemons for Lulu takes poutine to a new level. Potato wedges are topped with corned beef and all the classic reuben fixin’s. This Corned Beef Hash recipe with Horseradish Cream from A Spicy Perspective is perfect for brunch the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day. That kicked up sauce if the perfect complement to the corned beef. And then you can make Reuben Pasta Salad for lunch from Spend with Pennies.
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Here’s the Easy Slow Cooker Corned Beef Recipe…
Easy Slow Cooker Corned Beef
- 3 pounds flat cut corned beef brisket with seasoning packet
- 12 oz hard apple cider (I like Strongbow Gold)
- Open the package containing the corned beef, keep the seasoning packet, and drain the liquid. Rinse the corned beef well and place in your slow cooker. Sprinkle with the contents of the seasoning packet.
- Pour the bottle of hard cider over the corned beef, cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Remove from the slow cooker and slice thinly against the grain.