Slow cooker meals come in handy, especially on busy days. Normally an entire meal can be made and served from the slow cooker. Cooking beef in a crock pot allows the meat to simmer, becoming tender as it slowly warms throughout the day. Vegetables, such as cabbage, cooked along with the beef, provide flavor and liquid for the meat. Proper ingredients make a corned beef and cabbage meal a simple dinner for the slow cooker.
Things You'll Need
Peel four potatoes and rinse under cool water. Cube the potatoes and place them into a five-quart slow cooker.
Cut a clean head of cabbage into chunks. Put them in the crock pot. Add two cups of baby carrots. Slice one medium onion into wedges, and mince two cloves of garlic. Place onion and garlic into the slow cooker. Rinse the corned beef, and place it on top of the vegetables.
Combine three cups of water with 2 tbs. each of sugar and cider vinegar. Add one bay leaf and 1/2 tsp. of pepper to the water mixture. Stir in the seasoning packet that came with the corned beef. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
Cook on low heat for six to eight hours. Skim the fat with a spoon as it comes to the surface in the slow cooker.
Remove the corned beef from the slow cooker with tongs, and place it on a serving platter. Spoon the vegetables into a large bowl. Allow the meat to rest for five minutes before cutting. Cut the meat across the grain for easier slicing.