Corned Beef and Cabbage

Serves 10 - 12 | 


6 lb corned beef brisket or round
2 1/2 lb carrots, divided use
1 3/4 lb onions, divided use
1 cup malt vinegar
6 ounces Irish stout beer
4 tablespoons of pickling spice, (provided with purchase of corned beef)
3 lb cabbage, rinsed
2 1/2 lb small red potatoes, scrubbed
1/2 cup coarse grain mustard, optional
1/2 cup Dijon mustard, optional


  1. You’ll need a heavy-duty pot large enough to hold four gallons for this large quantity recipe. Divide onions and carrots and chop enough to fill 1 cup of each, reserving the rest. Place the corned beef in the stockpot. Add the chopped onions, carrots, malt vinegar, stout beer, pickling spice. Add enough water to cover the corned beef, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer about 3 hours until meat is fork-tender.
  2. While the corned beef is cooking, cut the reserved onions into eight wedges and the carrots into 2-inch chunks (larger carrots should be halved first.) Slice each head of cabbage into 8 wedges.
  3. Add onions, carrots and red potatoes to the cooked corned beef, with the cabbage on top. Cover and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes, until potatoes and cabbage are fork-tender.
  4. To serve, cut corned beef against the grain into thin slices and accompany with the cooked vegetables. Dijon mustard and/or coarse grained mustard complement the corned beef as optional condiments.
  5. Slice meat and serve immediately with creamed horseradish sauce.