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Crock Pot Drunken Corned Beef and Kraut

So here’s the deal. Crock Pot Corned Beef and Kraut looks disgusting but tastes really delicious. In the past, I never gave corned beef much thought. Sure, I’d had bites of it here and there when I tried the Mr.’s favorite Reuben sandwich, but I never considered making it at home or ordering it in a restaurant. I’m happy to say that is no longer the case. This recipe transformed my humble corned beef slab into a beer soaked, slightly sweet, and impossibly tender hunk of meaty bliss. The best part is it couldn’t be easier to make. I cut up the veggies the night before, rubbed the beef with brown sugar, layered all of it in the crock pot, covered with beer, then refrigerated over night. In the morning, all I had to do was take it out, plug in the crock pot, and go! Let me tell you, nothing compares to coming home to the smells of meat and potatoes slowly cooked for 8 hours in a vat of beer.

Crock Pot Corned Beef Recipe photo | NeighborFoodI thought about not sharing this recipe until next year’s St. Patrick’s Day, but honestly this corned beef is way too good to make just once a year. It’s a perfect stress free weeknight meal and you can use the leftovers to make a killer Reuben sandwich. Easy. Quick. Beer. Meat. That should be enough to convince you to put this on your menu stat!

Drunken Corned Beef and Kraut
Yield: 4-6 Servings
Recipe adapted from

2-3 lbs. corned beef brisket
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 bottles stout beer
4 carrots
8 small red potatoes
1 12 oz. bag of sauerkraut

1. Rub corned beef brisket with brown sugar on all sides. Lay in bottom of a large crockpot.
2. Cut up carrots into 3 inch pieces. Quarter potatoes or leave whole if you prefer (I left mine whole).
3. Layer potatoes and carrots on top of corned beef. Pour bottles of beer over vegetables, making sure the beef is completely covered.
4. Cook in crock pot on low setting for 8 hours or on high setting for 4-6 hours. When there is one hour left of cook time, add sauerkraut on top of veggies. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous March 23, 2011, 10:52 AM

    This sounds SO TASTY! Does it matter what kind of beer you use? We have some beer left from a St. Patty’s party Nick went to, and as neither of us are big beer drinkers, it sounds like a good way to use up the leftovers!
    Once again, you are making my tummy rumble!


  • Courtney March 24, 2011, 10:43 AM

    I don’t think it really matters, but light beer probably wouldn’t deliver as rich a flavor as a darker ale. The original recipe called for Guinness but we just used some leftover Scotch Ale we had on hand and it worked out fine!

  • Jenni March 5, 2014, 1:32 PM

    What size crockpot do you use for this?

  • Alysha March 15, 2018, 10:34 AM

    Hi!! I’m new at cooking with beer, but I was wondering, will the alcohol cook out? I’ll be making this for my husband, but I also got a 3 year old that would be eating too, so I just want to be safe!! Thanks!!

    • Courtney March 15, 2018, 12:41 PM

      Some of the alcohol will definitely cook out. I would feel comfortable giving this to me my 2.5 year old, as the amount he would actually consume would be very minimal, but definitely use your own judgment!

      • Alysha March 15, 2018, 12:49 PM

        Ok sweet thanks for your quick response!! I will be making a salad to go with it too and he loves salad, actually askes for it daily, so I’d be happy with him just having the salad, but he also likes to eat what my husband and I are eating, so he will probably have a few bites. I just wanted safe rather than have a drunk 3 year old lol… Thanks again!!

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