Slow Cooked Corned Beef and Cabbage

Tender slow cooked corned beef, cooked in spices and broth with root vegetables and cabbage makes a perfect winter meal. Just prepare everything and place into your slow cooker over night and next day it your corned beef will be tender and delicious.

Slow Cooked Corned Beef and Cabbage


  • 1 piece of corned beef 1.5-2 kg
  • 3 parsnips, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1/2 swede, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 stalk of celery, sliced
  • 6 large potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 1/2-1 medium cabbage, sliced into wedges keeping the stalk to hold leaves together
  • 6 pickling onions or 1 large onion cut in eighths
  • 1/2 Tblsp whole allspice
  • 1 Tblsp whole coriander seeds
  • 1 Tblsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp dill seeds
  • 1Tblsp black pepper corns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of malt vinegar
  • 4 cups of good homemade beef or chicken stock or bone broth

(For those who may like to try curing their own brisket to avoid chemicals here is a link to the  Wellness Mama website that explains how to make your own cured beef)


  1. Tie the spice seeds: allspice, coriander, mustard, dill and 3/4 of the peppercorns into a piece of cheesecloth. Tie into a bundle and tie the two bay leaves to the bundle.
  2. Chop the parsnips, carrots, swede, celery and place into the bottom of a slow cooker
  3. You may place the potato pieces around the piece of beef on top of the other vegetables or cook them separately as preferred
  4. Unwrap the piece of corned beef and place on top of the chopped vegetables with the fat side up
  5. Pour in the 4 cups of stock, malt vineagar and water to cover the piece of corned beef
  6. Sprinkle in the remaining black pepper corns and the tied parcel of spices and bay leaves and press the piece of corned beef down to make sure that it is completely covered with the liquid
  7. Set to Low and cook for 10 hrs
  8. Remove the piece of cooked corned beef and cover to rest
  9. Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon to a covered bowl
  10. Set to high and add the wedges of cabbage and cook for a further 25 minutes
  11. Alternatively, if you wish you may as I have done, placed the pieces of potato and cabbage in a steamer and steam for about 25 minutes, removing the cabbage and further cooking the potato pieces if needed.
  12. Slice the corned beef and serve with dijon or grainy mustard
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Corned beef and vegetables in a 5 litre slow cooker
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Tender corned beef and vegetables

Growing your ingredients:

IMG_20130526_160904-Carrot harvest


Growing Carrots



IMG_20160612_115153-brown onions

Growing Onions





Growing Parsnips



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Growing Cabbages

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