Slow baked in a rich and fragrant broth, dutch oven corned beef and cabbage melts in your mouth with its tender texture and unique flavor from Guinness beer and brown sugar- the perfect combination of juicy meat, healthy vegetables, and spices. So good you won't just save it for St Patrick's Day! It's a Whole Lotta Yum!
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Corned Beef and Cabbage in Dutch Oven
Cooking corned beef and cabbage is a classic St Patrick's Day recipe baked in the oven in a cast iron Dutch oven. What's unique about our recipe is the sweet and savory addition of Guinness beer and brown sugar that takes this recipe over the top with flavor!
Serve our corned beef and cabbage with Guinness warm with our creamy horseradish sauce recipe on the side or just a dollop of grainy mustard.
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Why You'll Love This!
- Loaded with flavor - Packed full of flavors from the onion, pickling spices, brown sugar and dark stout beer.
- One Pot Meal - Who doesn't love an easy one-pot meal, let the oven do the work for you!
- Family Holiday Meal - Bring the family together to taste the flavors of Ireland.
🥘 Dutch Oven Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe Ingredients
Corned beef and cabbage use classic ingredients like potatoes, carrots, onions, and of course corned beef brisket for an incredibly flavorful dish. Don't forget the Guinness beer for a punch of flavor!
- Corned beef brisket - Don't toss out the included seasoning packet, we will be using that!
- Yukon Gold potatoes - Yukon gold potatoes are one of the best all around potatoes, perfect for mashing or roasting. Use a medley of baby potatoes or red potatoes for added color contrast.
- Carrots - Baby carrots can also be used, shouldn't be necessary to cut them at all, unless they are larger than normal.
- Yellow onion - A white or Vidalia onion can be used in place of a yellow onion.
- Garlic - For the freshest flavor whole cloves are ideal. If you already have minced garlic, this works perfectly fine as well.
- Dark brown sugar - Brown sugar will add a level of nutty sweetness to the already flavorful corned beef.
- Large Head of Cabbage - Peeling off any outer leaves that have tears, bruising, or blemishes on them.
- Guinness Beer - Draught, not stout as it's more bitter.
- Beef broth - Any canned, boxed, homemade beef broth or stock concentrate will work.
- Garnish - With chopped fresh parsley and butter for the potatoes
** Please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the exact quantities **
For this recipe, we are using an oval enameled Dutch Oven pan with a lid.
Crock Pot/Slow Cooker - This recipe can also be made in a slow cooker or crock pot. Sear the corned beef brisket first, then layer as you would with the large dutch oven, and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
🔪 How to Cook Corned Beef and Cabbage in a Dutch Oven
Not only is it simple and easy to put together, but it also packs a ton of flavor. All you need to do is layer in all the delicious ingredients into the dutch oven for a hassle-free meal that everyone will love.
Prep any of your vegetables ahead of time. Cut cabbage, carrots, and onions, then wash the potatoes. Remove any bad leaves from the cabbage and cut it into wedges.
Rinse corned beef of its brine, and set aside the seasoning packet to use in the recipe. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place the corned beef in the middle of the Dutch Oven and add potatoes around it. Sprinkle the onion slices, carrots, and garlic on top of the potatoes. Pour the bottle of Guinness draught beer and beef broth over the top of the corned beef. Sprinkle the corned beef seasoning packet and dark brown sugar over the corned beef.
Put the lid on the Dutch oven and bake it for 1 ½ hours, then flip the corned beef brisket and cook it another hour. Cut the end off the cabbage and cut it into 4 equal chunks. Add the cabbage wedges to the pot and cook everything for 30 more minutes.
Let the Dutch oven corned beef rest for 10 minutes before slicing the corned beef against the grain. Serve the meat with potatoes, carrots, and cabbage. Garnish the corned beef and veggies with chopped fresh parsley. Enjoy!
🥗 Dietary Substitutions
This recipe is dairy free.
- Low Carb: To make this dish more keto-friendly replace the potatoes with more carrots, turnips, cauliflower, rutabaga, or parsnips.
- Gluten Free: Skip the beer and just use beef stock or broth.
- Whole30: Replace the beer with equal parts beef stock. Omit the brown sugar and check the seasoning spice packet that came with your corned beef for added sugar.
💡 Corned Beef and Cabbage Dutch Oven Recipe Tips
- We love to serve the potatoes topped with a little butter. This is also delicious served with our creamy horseradish sauce, whole grain mustard, or our caramelized onion stout gravy if you canʼt get enough Guinness!
- Guinness Draft beer is recommended instead of Guinness Stout since it has a milder flavor. Or use any mild beer of your choosing, or just use beef broth for a beer-free recipe!
- If you purchased a corned beef brisket that didnʼt come with a seasoning packet, just substitute store-bought pickling spices for the seasoning mix.
- Don't have a cast iron Dutch oven? You can use a roasting pan or oven safe stock pot instead or adapt our recipe for a slow cooker.
While we are looking for perfectly tender meat and vegetables it is possible to overcook Dutch oven corned beef and cabbage. Potatoes and cabbage should be fork tender without becoming mushy and falling apart. The corned beef won't fall apart as you would expect a roast too, but the longer it cooks, the more liquid evaporates letting the corned beef become dry.
Serve this tender meat with the BEST Irish soda bread! Perfect served warm, buttered, and dipped in a bit of gravy. Serve up your best corned beef brisket topped with our horseradish sauce. For more traditional and modern Irish recipes check out our list of the 30 Best Irish Recipes!
Our Dutch oven corned beef recipe can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can also freeze leftovers in a freezer-safe container for up to three months. Reheat leftovers in a saucepan over medium-high heat and stir until heated through.
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