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How To Make Corned Beef Brisket In A Slow Cooker

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The perfect recipe for St. Patrick’s Day! Corned beef brisket is best when it’s tender and cooking it in a slower cooker makes it perfection every time.

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How To Make Corned Beef Brisket In A Slow Cooker

Sure my maiden name is heavily English, but for many years I thought that St. Patrick’s Day was my holiday since my great-grandmother’s family was from Ireland. Only I was wrong!!!

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While they might have been from Ireland, they were not Irish. It was oh so shocking to find out that I’m only 3 percent Irish!!! Even though St. Patrick’s Day is not our family’s holiday I do have fond memories of my great-grandmother always serving corned beef and cabbage on the day reserved for the Irish. She would spend hours in the kitchen making the delicious meal.

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When it comes to recipes I need something quick and easy. I’m busy with kids and running errands (oh and running a business from home) so I don’t have a lot of time when it comes to getting dinner on the table. Cooking with a slow cooker (or Instant Pot) is key. That’s just another reason why this corned beef brisket recipe is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s done in the slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Corned Beef Brisket Recipe

Ingredients for corned beef brisket:

  • Corned beef brisket (3-4 lbs)
  • Spice packet (comes with the corned beef brisket)
  • 2 medium carrots (cut into 2 inch pieces)
  • 2 celery stalks (cut into 2 inch pieces)
  • 1 onion (quartered)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

corned beef brisket ingredients

Ingredients for Glaze:

  • 1 Cup Apricot Preserves
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Mustard

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Directions for making corned beef brisket:

Step 1: Trim excess fat off brisket; place in a slow cooker along with veggies, spice packet, brown sugar, and beef broth.

Step 2: Cook on low heat for 7-8 hours until fork-tender.

Step 3: Carefully remove meat to a baking dish.

Step 4: Prepare glaze by combining all ingredients stirring to dissolve brown sugar.

Step 5: Spread glaze over the top of the corned beef and place in a preheated 350° F oven for 10-15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool before slicing across the grain.

Gravy recipe (optional):

You’ll use 1 cup of the strained drippings from the crockpot to make the gravy.

1.) Heat a couple of tablespoons of butter in a saucepan to melt; add equal amounts of flour to make a roux, cooking over medium-low heat for 2 minutes.

2.) Add the strained crockpot drippings, stirring constantly until thickened. 

3.) Season and adjust with salt and pepper.

slow cooker corned beef brisket recipe

Delicious and easy to make. It’s a slow cooker recipe that you’ll make again and again. Even when it’s not St. Patrick’s Day!

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