Crock Pot Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef & Cabbage

Crock Pot Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef & Cabbage – this easy and delicious version of the classic Irish dish is perfect for your next St. Patrick’s Day celebration or a cozy dinner anytime!

Crock Pot Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef & Cabbage

St. Patrick’s Day is next week, so I thought I’d share another Irish (or Irish inspired) recipe. Last week I shared my hearty and delicious Slow Cooker Guinness Steak and Black Bean Chili, today I have another wonderful comfort food recipe — Crock Pot Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef & Cabbage. My version of this classic Irish dish includes carrots, onions and potatoes, has a hint of sweetness, and is made in the slow cooker.

I love corned beef, and when I came across the original version of this recipe in a cookbook, called Fix-It and Forget-It Recipes for Entertaining: Slow Cooker Favorites for All the Year Round, that my mom had given me, I knew I had to make it. The recipe caught my eye because it called for apple juice and brown sugar, which I thought would go well with the corned beef and cabbage.


It sure did! The first time I made this dish, I was so delighted by how delicious and easy it was, that I made it again that same week. The meat and veggies are so tender and flavorful and the sweetness from the apple juice and brown sugar really complements the corned beef and cabbage nicely.

Crock Pot Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef & Cabbage

A side note about the weather situation here in the Boston area — we did not break the snowfall record last week, we are short by less than 2 inches.

I have to say I’m ok with that, I’m ready for this snowy winter to be over and for spring, and some warmer weather to begin. In fact, the temperatures did reach the low 50s °F here yesterday and are getting there today. Snow is actually starting to melt and I was able to go for a run without a hat or gloves, the first time I was able to do so in many months, yay!

Of course, we are in the month of March where anything can happen weather wise. And more snow is in the forecast for this weekend, so we still have a chance at breaking that record. So, I’ll just have to make do with the mini-heat wave and glimpse of spring like temps we are experiencing now and brace myself for the possibility of more snow. {sigh}

Crock Pot Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef & Cabbage

I like to serve this Crock Pot Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef & Cabbage with a dollop of Dijon mustard and a sprinkling of caraway seeds for a bit of tang and crunch. A slice of Irish Soda Bread with Caraway Seeds and Raisins in the perfect accompaniment.

This Crock Pot Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef & Cabbage is the perfect meal for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration or would be wonderful for a cozy Easter dinner or a Sunday supper any time of year.

Crock Pot Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef & Cabbage

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Crock Pot Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef & Cabbage

Crock Pot Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef & Cabbage – this easy and delicious version of the classic Irish dish is perfect for your next St. Patrick’s Day celebration or a cozy dinner anytime!

Ingredients

  • 3 - 3 ½ pounds corned beef brisket
  • 8-10 small red potatoes (about 1 ½ lbs) halved or quartered, depending on size
  • 4 carrots, cut into 1 ½-inch chunks
  • 1 large onion, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 small head of cabbage, cut into chunks
  • 3 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (or brown mustard)
  • additional Dijon mustard for topping (optional)
  • caraway seeds for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place corned beef in a 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Add in potatoes, carrots, onion and cabbage.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together apple juice, brown sugar and mustard.
  4. Pour apple juice mixture over meat and veggies in cooker.
  5. Cover slow cooker and cook on high heat for 6-6 ½ hours or on low heat for 10-12 hours, until meat and vegetables are tender.
  6. Remove meat from slow cooker, slice thinly across the grain.
  7. Serve meat with vegetables, spoon some of the remaining liquid from slow cooker on top of meat and veggies, if desired.
  8. Top individual servings with Dijon mustard and caraway seeds if desired.
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I adapted this recipe from Fix-It and Forget-It Recipes for Entertaining: Slow Cooker Favorites for All the Year Round. It’s a wonderful cookbook filled with homey recipes from home cooks from all over the United States. I made this dish in my 6-quart Crock Pot brand slow cooker, which I love. These are affiliate links to the cookbook and similar Crock Pot models available at amazon.com:
 

 
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Crock Pot Apple and Brown Sugar Corned Beef & Cabbage

48 comments

  1. Cathy Kennedy says:

    Y’all get some seriously crazy weather in Boston! It makes me so happy to live in East Tennessee and not to have that kind of snow fall. lol This recipe looks yummy & I saved it so I can give it a try. Do you have any tips on picking a good corned beef brisket? I find every time I get one it’s too grisly. Thanks for the delicious shared!

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      Hi Cathy, my tip for choosing a corned beef brisket for this dish would be go to go for the thin cut (also called flat cut) , which has much less fat than the thick cut (also called point cut). Hope you give it a try and enjoy!
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  2. Beatrice says:

    Did you use the seasoning packet that came with the brisket? Have you ever tried putting the vegetables in first and then placing the brisket on the rop? This sounds so so good!! I want to make this today.

  3. Cydnee@Tampa Cake Girl says:

    This corn beef recipe looks delicious. I personally pinned it myself. Thank you for joining us at #purebloglove. We enjoying having you every Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

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