Corned Beef for Sandwiches in a Slow Cooker

I cooked up this slow cooker corned beef specifically to make corned beef hash, but the leftovers were great sliced thin in a sandwich.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 15 mins
10 servings


  • 1 (4 pound) corned beef brisket, seasoning packet discarded

  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns

  • 4 whole cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon

  • 1 (15 ounce) can dark Irish stout beer (such as Guinness®)

  • 2 medium heads garlic, cloves separated

  • 4 bay leaves


  1. Place brisket, fat-side down, into a slow cooker. Cover with hot water and cook on High for 1 hour. Drain and discard water from the slow cooker.

  2. Add peppercorns, cloves, cayenne, and cinnamon to a tea ball or spice bag. Place in the slow cooker with beer, garlic cloves, and bay leaves. Add more water to just cover the brisket.

  3. Cook on Medium for 5 hours. Remove brisket carefully; it will be very tender and may fall apart or break in half. Let meat rest before slicing.

Cook's Notes:

Try to choose a corned beef brisket that is rectangular, does not taper down at one end, and that contains less fatty deposits.

Discarding the water in step 1 is to minimize the saltiness of the beef. Feel free to use that water to finish cooking the brisket if your diet and tastes allow.

You may want to reserve some of the cooking liquid for making corned beef hash, or for braising vegetables like cabbage to use as a side dish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

243 Calories
16g Fat
7g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 243
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 925mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 171mg 4%

* 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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