St. Patrick Loves the Slow Cooker

Cleveland is a true melting pot of European immigrants. In the early part of the 1900’s, Cleveland’s population grew and grew from those that came through Ellis Island.

There is a heavy influence of Eastern Europe with neighborhoods filled with those with descendants from Poland, Ukraine, Hungary and many others. Many came from Austria and Germany, and there still is a “little Italy” in the city. Even with all of those other countries, the city grinds to a halt one day of the year, St. Patrick’s Day!

Some schools close so the kids can go to the parade. Now you may think of other cities that have parades (New York, Boston, etc..) but while those cities will often move the parade to another date, Cleveland never waivers and holds it on the day of green. The bars open (and are filled) at 6AM, and by the time the parade kicks off, many viewers are nice and jolly.

Whether you have to work that day, or get to go to the parade, you come home hungry for a nice Irish meal. The best way to make that happen is with the slow cooker.

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Corned Beef and cabbage, with very little effort!


I didn’t have any Guinness but will for St. Paddy’s Day!


The beef sitting in the slow cooker.


It comes out so tender.


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

prep 15 M ∙ cook 9 H ∙ makes 8 servings ∙ source


  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into matchstick pieces
  • 10 baby red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 (4 pound) corned beef brisket with spice packet
  • 6 ounces beer
  • 1/2 head cabbage, coarsely chopped


Place the carrots, potatoes, and onion into the bottom of a slow cooker, pour in the water, and place the brisket on top of the vegetables. Pour the beer over the brisket. Sprinkle on the spices from the packet, cover, and set the cooker on High.

Cook the brisket for about 8 hours. An hour before serving, stir in the cabbage and cook for 1 more hour.

PREP 15 mins

COOK 9 hrs

READY IN 9 hrs 15 mins


Calories 472 kcal 24%
Carbohydrates 49.5 g 16%
Cholesterol 99 mg 33%
Fat 19.6 g 30%
Fiber 6.8 g 27%
Protein 23.6 g 47%
Sodium 1281 mg 51%

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Categories: Beef 2, Beer, Irish, kosher, Main Dish 3, Recipes, Slow Cooker, St. Patrick's Day, Vegetable4

Author:The Ranting Chef

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2 Comments on “St. Patrick Loves the Slow Cooker”

  1. March 16, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    do you know what kind of spices are in the spice pack? Was wondering how would you cook this from scratch…


  2. March 18, 2014 at 1:32 am #

    >The bars open (and are filled) at 6AM,
    – Whoa!

    >and by the time the parade kicks off, many viewers are nice and jolly.
    – I like watching, um, jolly folk. 🙂



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