Photo: Brian Kennedy; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
35 Mins
Total Time
8 Hours 35 Mins
Serves 8 (serving size: 3 ounces beef, 1/8 head cabbage, 3/4 cup potato and carrot mixture, and about 1/4 cup jus)

There's no better way to celebrate St. Paddy than with a showstopping feast of beef, cabbage, carrots, and potatoes. To create the traditional flavor profile of corned beef and cabbage without the traditionally massive sodium spike, we simmer brisket in a strong aromatic spice blend at low and slow heat rather than starting with brined beef.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and next 5 ingredients (through cloves) in a small bowl. Rub mixture over all sides of brisket. Place brisket in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Add stock and next 5 ingredients (through bay leaves). Arrange cabbage halves over top. Cook on LOW 8 hours or until beef is very tender. Transfer beef to a cutting board; discard bay leaves.

Step 2

Place potatoes and carrots in a large saucepan; add cold water to cover potatoes by 1 inch. Bring to a boil; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Drain. Toss with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and butter. Cut brisket across the grain into thin slices. Cut each cabbage half into 4 wedges. Serve brisket with onions, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and jus.

Ratings & Reviews

njsusan2's Review

February 17, 2015
I've been cooking brisket for years - this wasn't a stand-out recipe. The spice rub is great, but the cabbage didn't cook (had a feeling it wouldn't, since it is placed on top of the brisket and hence has no liquid in which to cook). I also chose to roast the carrots and potatoes separately, glad I did, I think boiled would be bland. And, I thickened the sauce (needed it) before serving.


November 27, 2017
My market didn't have brisket so I substituted boneless chuck roast.  It came out so tender and delicious.  The house smelled wonderful all day.  The family loved it.  Would make again and will search out brisket next time.

DebbieTH's Review

February 23, 2015
This recipe was great. My husband & I both loved it. It was perfect for a Sunday evening dinner. The cabbage cooked perfectly in the slow cooker.

TPaeschke's Review

February 26, 2015

Decent but Still Looking for the Perfect St. Patrick's Day Meal

March 16, 2015
This recipe was ok...not great, and not terrible.  I cooked the cabbage with the potatoes and carrots, and it came out just fine.

Easy and Good Recipe

March 20, 2015
Our family really liked this recipes.  The cabbage was very tasty and cooked perfectly in our slow cooker with the meat.  The spice rub added a lot of flavor.  It was also a super easy recipe.

not very good

April 24, 2015
While the meat was tasty, the spices in this dish do not favor cabbage, which tasted truly awful and had to be thrown out.  There are much better ways to prepare a brisket.