Slow Cooked Corned Beef with Guinness Gravy

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You didn’t think this little Irish Girl wouldn’t have at least one St. Patrick’s Day recipe to share, did you??

You’re in luck. All week I’ll be sharing St. Patrick’s Day inspired recipes! Today’s recipe is a twist on everyone’s favorite – Corned Beef & Guinness. And I’m not talking about a plate of corned beef with a pint of Guinness. We’re cooking both together in a crock pot.

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This recipe is super easy (especially since the slow cooker is involved!) and I’m guessing you have a majority of the ingredients already on hand. For the Irish inspired meal, the pantry items you’ll need are brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, bay leaves and garlic. At the grocery store, be sure to pick up corned beef, 1 bottle of Guinness, baby red potatoes, and baby carrots.

I picked Guinness Extra Stout (it was the only 1 bottle option available) and it’s a very dark beer with a complex spicy aroma. It’s smooth and well balanced. To get the most flavor possible and to tenderize the meat, some kind of acid needed to be added to the marinade. Apple cider vinegar & Dijon mustard are just perfect for this recipe. You can slightly taste (and smell) the apple and many people like their corned beef with Dijon mustard.. so why not add it to the cooking marinade. The best part about the marinade — it becomes the gravy! It’s delicious!

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Like any good Irish girl would say, you need your potatoes! I love small red potatoes. You don’t have to take the time to cut them up, just throw them in the crock pot when the meat is half way done cooking. I added carrots during the last hour of cooking. I like carrots to still have a little snap in them.

How will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?? I hope you’ll be enjoying some beer infused meals, like this one! Slow Cooked Corned Beef with Guinness Gravy - it doesn’t get anymore Irish than that! :)

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Slow Cooked Corned Beef with Guinness Gravy


  • 2-3lb Corned Beef
  • 1 cup Guinness
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, mined
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • A few bay leaves
  • Pepper
  • 3lb Red potatoes, (baby/small size)
  • 16 oz baby carrots
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour


  1. 1. Place corned beef in a slow cooker coated with cooking spray. In a small bowl, make the marinade. Combine beer and the next 5 ingredients. Stir with a whisk until well combined. Pour over corned beef. Season corned beef with pepper. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  2. 2. Half way into cooking, add potatoes. With one hour left, add carrots.
  3. 3. When the meat has finished cooking, remove from slow cooker and place on a plate; wrap it in foil to let the meat rest for 10 minutes. Cut meat against the grain. Remove potatoes & carrots; set aside in a large bowl. Strain cooking marinade. Set aside to make gravy.
  4. 4. In a medium sauce pot, add butter and flour. Stir until the mixture is a light brown color. add cooking marinade. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Serve over corned beef, potatoes & carrots.
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21 Responses

  1. sheri says

    This is absolutely, undoubtedly, unequivocally the BEST corned beef I have ever tasted. The brown sugar and the gravy is genius. Thank you for a fantastic recipe. I’ve made this twice and it is now my “forever” corned beef recipe…it can’t be topped!

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  5. Joan@Chocolate and More says

    You know I didn’t get to have any corned beef this year. And I love Corned beef! Now after seeing this, I’m hoping the store still has some so I can make it. I’m featuring this at this week’s Thursday’s treasures, can’t wait to see what you share next!

    • admin says

      I hope they still have some corned beef in the Georgia grocery stores for you! Thank you for featuring me again!! XOXO!!

  6. Christie - Food Done Light says

    I am a huge Guinness fan. I have to try this. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

    • admin says

      You’ll love it, Christie!

  7. Genie says

    Sounds about like what we had minus the gravy. Love corned beef in the slow cooker. I always rinse my corned beef very well before cooking to remove some of the excess salt.

    I made gluten free soda bread too — but I’m not quite traditional. I do add rasins.

    • admin says

      Rinsing is something I’ll try next time. My corn beef wasn’t super salty, but I was glad I didn’t add an extra salt to the meal or else it would have been too salty. Thanks for sharing, Genie!!!

  8. Patrick says

    A few suggestions from my 20+ years of cooking my corned beef in Guinness.

    Use the Guinness Drought of you can find it. It will come out less bitter.

    Secondly wash your brisket well to get the salt brine off to prevent the meat from getting too salty and tough

    I use my juices to make a gravy by adding honey, course mustard and a little corn starch to thicken it up. It comes out yummy

    Happy St Pats 2013

  9. Lisa D. says

    The only singleton bottle of Guinness I could get was a whopping 32 oz! So I’m going to make this recipe for Guinness Bread with the rest. I hope it’s good!

    • admin says

      That happened to us, too! Jim enjoyed the “leftovers.” :)

      • Lisa D. says

        Reporting in on the bread… The kids & I liked it; Steve wasn’t crazy about it. The crust got too done, so I would either lower the oven temp or shorten the cooking time next time.

        The corned beef was fabulous tonight! (We’re busy tomorrow so we did our St. Patrick’s Day dinner early.)

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  11. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says

    Oh You are getting your St. Patricks on! I love it! Thanks for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

    • admin says

      You got it, Chandra!!

  12. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    I never thought to make corned beef in the slow cooker! I bet it’s wonderful. And I love the Guiness!

    • admin says

      If I could make every meal in the slow cooker, I totally would!

  13. Julie says

    I saw this on G+ earlier today. It looks so darn good! I actually did a roast yesterday and used Adrian Brouwer Dark Gold Ale in with the roast. I made a gravy with the juices afterwards. it was delicious! Beer does some amazing things to food.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

    • admin says

      YUM!! I think gravy is totally ok to drink when it has beer in it ;)


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