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Guinness Corned Beef (Slow Cooker and Instant Pot Instructions)

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Guinness Corned Beef recipe with Instant Pot and slow cooker instructions. Corned beef and cabbage with potatoes cooked in Irish beer. A classic St Patrick's Day recipe. #cornedbeef #guinnessrecipes #stpatricksday

This Guinness Corned Beef is incredibly easy to make! A great Irish beer twist on a classic St Patrick’s Day recipe.

Sliced Guinness Corned Beef with a spoon pouring Guinness glaze over top

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Drunken Corned Beef

Guinness is very popular in this house, and also a classic, Irish beer. So of course cooking an Irish food in an Irish beer was on my mind!

I like to err on the side of too much corned beef and have fun with the leftovers! While classics like corned beef hash are great, I like to mix it up with recipes like Reuben Nachos. Get more corned beef recipes !

Close up of slices of Guinness Corned Beef

What is Corned Beef?

Corned beef is a cut of beef brisket that has been cured and brined.

The flavorings and process give the beef a pink color, even if cooked through.

Ingredients Needed

Here is what you need to make this drunken corned beef recipe:

  • Corned Beef
  • Guinness
  • Water
  • Cabbage and Potatoes, if desired, for the sides

If you want some yummy glaze for the corned beef like the pictures, check out our Copycat Bennigan’s Guinness Glaze! You can also find more of our Irish and St Patrick’s Day recipes

Sliced Guinness Corned Beef with colcannon and cabbage in a dish with a copper spoon

Instruction Overview

This corned beef and cabbage recipe can be made in either the Instant Pot or a slow cooker.

All you have to do is put everything in the pot and follow the cooking direction. So easy!

And to keep it an easy recipe, the cabbage and/or potatoes are cooked in the same pot and same liquid if you are using them.

The bright red color of the meat comes from the corning liquid it comes in, and is not an indication that the meat is rare or undercooked.

The instructions of this recipe cooks the meat all the way through, while still being full of moisture and flavor, regardless of the red color.

It is just amazing how fast the meat cooks with an Instant Pot or pressure cooker. If you do not have an Instant Pot, or would rather it cook all day, the slow cooker is great as well!

A dish of sliced corned beef with colcannon cabbage mashed potatoes and cabbage slices.

What beer is best for corned beef?

A dark stout like Guinness is perfect for this recipe!

The richness of the beer really adds depth of flavor to the meat. And it is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

What beer is comparable to Guinness?

Guinness is a stout beer, specifically Irish stout.

You could use any other stout beer if desired for this recipe.

Slow cooker pin for Guinness Corned Beef sliced with cabbage and colcannon
Instant Pot pin of Guinness Corned Beef with a spoon pouring Guinness glaze on top

Guinness Corned Beef Recipe

Guinness Corned Beef recipe with Instant Pot and slow cooker instructions. Corned beef and cabbage with potatoes cooked in Irish beer. A classic St Patrick's Day recipe. #cornedbeef #guinnessrecipes #stpatricksday
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Beef, Holiday
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 818kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Drain liquid from the beef pouch and place the beef in the bottom of the instant pot, fat side up. Add the spice mix from the pouch to the pot if desired.
  • Pour the entire can or bottle of Guinness into the pot.
  • Add water in the pot until the beef is submerged.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot with the vent closed and sealed. Set the cooking for manual, high, for 70 minutes for sliceable beef or 90 minutes for more tender beef.
  • Let the Instant Pot finish cooking and let it sit for 10 minutes on natural release (not touching or venting it). Then open the vent and let the rest of the pressure and steam escape.
  • Remove the beef from the liquid. If cooking potatoes, cut the potatoes in approximately 2 inch chunks. Smaller potatoes like red potatoes can be left whole. Add the potatoes to the liquid and cook on high for 5 minutes. If cooking cabbage, cut into thick slices or wedges and cook on high for 2-3 minutes. Use manual pressure release (letting the vent open and steam escape) for each.

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • Drain liquid from the beef pouch and place the beef in the bottom of the slow cooker, fat side up. Add the spice mix from the pouch to the pot if desired.
  • Pour the entire can or bottle of Guinness into the pot.
  • Add water in the pot until the beef is submerged.
  • Let the beef cook on slow for 8 hours for sliceable beef, and 10-11 hours for more tender beef.
  • If cooking cabbage and potatoes, add them to the pot for the last hour of beef cooking. Cut the cabbage into large wedges or slices, and the potatoes in approximately 2 inch chunks. Smaller potatoes like red potatoes can be left whole.

Notes

3 pounds might sound like a lot for 4 people, but the meat shrinks a lot in cooking. You could stretch this to feed 6 people.
Waxy potatoes like Yukon gold or red potatoes are best, but any potato will work.
Serve this up with our popular Copycat Bennigan’s Guinness Glaze!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 818kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 184mg | Sodium: 4188mg | Potassium: 1874mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 222IU | Vitamin C: 197mg | Calcium: 128mg | Iron: 8mg
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By on June 7th, 2020

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6 thoughts on “Guinness Corned Beef (Slow Cooker and Instant Pot Instructions)”

  1. 5 stars
    I believe this is the same recipe I used last year. I didn’t use a glaze. It was delicious. Very tender. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing corned beef recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

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  3. 5 stars
    This dish looks delicious! Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day coming soon! I also love those potatoes in your pictures – looks delicious! Thanks for the share!

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