(Using a Crockpot / Slo-cooker - See this page for an ordinary pot on the stove instead)
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Corned Beef is a traditional meal of Irish-Americans, especially on St. Patrick's Day, or any cold winter day. And it is so easy to make and is a meal in itself! It only takes about 20 minutes to prepare then about 8 or 9 hours in a crockpot or slo-cooker; or in a large pot on the stove.
Yield / servings
Allowing 1/2 pound (250 gm) of meat per person means that the average 4 to 6 lb. corned beef available at Costco serves 8 to 12 people.
Corned beef is not an Irish dish; it's connection with Saint Patrick's Day occured in America in the Irish-American culture, How so? See this page for the history of corned beef and cabbage.
Peel and chop one large onion.
Put the onion pieces into the bottom of a slow cooker .
Remove the beef from the packaging, do not rinse it off (it is seasoned), recover the spice packet and set it aside. Lay the whole piece of corned beef on top of the onions.
Add in the beer and water to the crockpot.
Sprinkle the spices from the spice packet into the crockpot. If you want a stronger flavor, feel free to add another teaspoon of thyme, 1/4 teaspoon of ground allspice, a 1/2 teaspoon of peppercorns, and 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic.
Cover, and turn the slo cooker on high or stove top on medium if you are using a pot.
Pretty simple, wash, peel the potatoes and carrots and cut them into roughly golf ball sized pieces.
After 6 hours add the potatoes and carrots. and put the cover back on.
Peel the outer leaves and wash the cabbage. Cut the cabbage into 8ths, cutting through the stem (it helps to hold it together in the pot). At hour 7 add the cabbage.(If you put it in earlier will become mushy!)
After 9 hours, it is done! The meat should be tender and start to fall apart as you cut it. The potatoes, carrots and cabbage should be tender.