Spicy and Tender Corned Beef


It will be a mighty lucky group who gets to eat this corned beef on St. Patrick's Day. A spicy corned beef seasoning makes this a fork-tender treat. My mother was Irish and she cooked it this way. I'm married to an Irishman, I'm a lucky lassie to have him, and he loves this dish!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 50 mins


  • ½ (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle dark beer

  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 cloves garlic, cut into slivers

  • 3 whole cloves, or to taste

  • 1 (3 pound) round-cut corned beef roast with spice packet

  • 1 (16 ounce) package carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces

  • 1 (16 ounce) package small red potatoes

  • 1 head green cabbage, cored and cut into wedges

  • 1 tablespoon butter, or to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Pour beer into a roasting pan. Stir in corned beef seasoning packet, dry mustard, salt, and black pepper. Use a sharp knife to pierce corned beef all over; insert garlic slivers into holes. Push whole cloves into meat. Lay corned beef in the roasting pan.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.

  4. Scatter carrots around corned beef; roast for about 1 1/2 hours more.

  5. Distribute red potatoes around meat; roast until corned beef and vegetables are tender, about 40 minutes more.

  6. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to a boil. Add cabbage wedges; cover and steam until tender, about 10 minutes.

  7. Transfer cabbage to a platter; season with salt and black pepper. Let butter melt over hot cabbage. Cut visible fat from corned beef and serve with cabbage, carrots, and potatoes.


The garlic amount depends on the individual preference. Whole cloves are stronger than powdered, but both are strong; don't use more than 6 cloves. The cabbage is cooked separately so it can maintain its subtle taste. Check the tenderness of vegetables and turn heat up if they are not cooking fast enough.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

424 Calories
22g Fat
33g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 424
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 1260mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 9g 31%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 83mg 417%
Calcium 130mg 10%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 1077mg 23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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