Crock Pot Corned Beef {Whiskey Glazed}

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Up your Crock-pot corned beef dinner with this whiskey glaze! Whether you make it in a slow cooker or on top of the stove, it’s equally delicious.

Triple whiskey glazed corned beef.

Local Pasadena resident and blogger, Lynn Gray of Bijouxs, sent me a digital copy of her new book Bijoux Family and Friends. She has a lovely site and takes the most beautiful photos. While all her recipes are mouth-watering, I stopped when I came across her recipe for Triple Whiskey Glazed Corned Beef. It is delicious as it looks! (This recipe was originally published on February 12th, 2014. It has been updated to contain nutritional information. As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn commission on qualifying purchases.)

sliced crock pot corned beef

I make this crock pot corned Beef and cabbage at least twice during the winter, and always just around St. Patrick’s Day. Corned beef has to be one of the easiest of all meats, especially since most American grocery stores carry the brisket with the spice pack. Simmer for a few hours and you’ve got dinner!

What is corned beef?

Corned beef is made by curing the brisket. The brisket is a tougher cut of beef and is made more tender by curing or brining it. There are two cuts of corned beef, the flat cut and the point cut.

Which is better, the flat point or the point cut?

This is completely a matter of preference. The flat cut is leaner and will produce nicer looking slices, whereas the point cut tends to be fattier, with marbling throughout the brisket. This results in meat that will fall apart when cooked. Whichever cut you choose, don’t remove the layer of fat, that’s what will keep it moist and tender.

How do you make corned beef?

I usually make my corned beef in the slow-cooker, since I work full time. But you can absolutely cook corned beef on the stove-top. Whether or not you cook corned beef in the crock-pot, or stove-top in a Dutch oven like this one, the sweet whiskey glaze is what really pushes this already delicious meat over the top! To cook in the crock-pot, just add corned beef and spice packet to a crock-pot or slow-cooker like this one, cover with about an inch or two of water, and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Finish cooked corned beef with whiskey glaze.

corned beef

How to make the Irish whiskey glaze

The original recipe called for 1 cup of dark brown sugar, over the years I’ve cut down the brown sugar to 1/2 cup. It’s just sweet enough for us! 20 minutes before you plan to serve the corned beef, prepare the glaze. It’ll take just a few minutes. Set it aside.

Finishing the corned beef

The key to the glaze is brushing and baking three times. Pre-heat the oven to 375° F. Place the cooked meat in a baking pan with an inch or so of the cooking liquid to prevent it from drying out.

crock pot corned beef glaze

Using a brush, coat the warm glaze on the top of the corned beef and return to the oven for 5 minutes. Repeat twice more for a total of 15 minutes. Cover meat with foil until ready to serve. Cut corned beef against the grain.

close up of corned beef

This Irish Potato Bread would be delicious with this corned beef!

irish potato bread

What can you do with leftover corned beef?

I love these fabulous recipes that use leftover corned beef from my blogger friends.

We all know about the classic corned beef hash, but this version is low-carb and perfect for breakfast! Keto Corned Beef Hash

corned beef hash

These corned beef sliders are a delicious game day or party nibble! You can get the recipe for Corned Beef Sliders here.

Corned beef sliders

This corned beef and cabbage soup takes just 2 cups of leftover corned beef!

corned beef soup

Triple whiskey glazed corned beef.

Crock-pot Corned Beef with Irish Whiskey Glaze

This crock pot corned beef is delicious any time of year! The Irish whiskey glaze puts a delicious spin on an Irish classic. Prepare it on the stove or in the slow-cooker.
5 from 46 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Servings 16 servings
Calories 276 kcal


  • 4 pounds corned beef with spices

Irish Whiskey Glaze


Crock-pot or slow-cooker method

  • Place the corned beef along with the juices and spices in a large crock-pot and cover with about 2 inches of water.
  • Turn crock-pot on low, cover cook for 6-8 hours, or until the corned beef is fork tender.


  • Place the corned beef along with the juices and spices in a large stock pot and cover with about 3 inches of water.
  • Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. and cook for about 3 hours, or until the corned beef is fork tender.

Glazing the corned beef

  • 20-30 minutes before the corned beef is down, prepare the glaze. In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar and the mustard. Stir in the molasses and whiskey until smooth. Set aside.
  • When the corned beef is cooked, remove from the pot and place in a baking pan along with 1 cup of the cooking water; tent with foil to keep warm. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Brush the corned beef liberally with the glaze, cook uncovered in oven for 5 minutes, repeat the glazing process a total 3 times, for a total of 15 minutes glazing time.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 17gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 1395mgPotassium: 424mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 2mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


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Triple Whiskey Glazed Corned Beef. Slow-cooker and gluten free.
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  1. This looks delicious Cynthia. I can’t wait to try it. I’m putting together a collection of recipes that use alcohol as one of the ingredients. I want to include this recipe, if you don’t mind. I will just include the title, your blog name, and a link back to your site.

  2. Hi….one of our readers had a question. In the ingredients it says Dijon but in the directions it says Dry Mustard?? Can you just clarify that so I can pass it on….

    ~ G

  3. We are expecting two feet of snow today…. I need this triple whiskey glaze to wrap my mind around all that shoveling I will be doing!! It’s a gorgeous dish. 🙂

  4. That glaze looks amazing! We always do a traditional corned beef dinner for St. Patty’s Day and I think I know what recipe I’ll be using 🙂 And my husband will love a glass of the Irish whisky to go alongside it!

  5. 5 stars
    This dish has become a St Paddy’s Day tradition in my home!. This glaze is so simple but makes the meat spectacular!! I substitute Southern Comfort for the Irish Whiskey (not very Gaelic but a tad sweeter). I will never make corned beef any other way ever again. Why mess with perfection?

  6. How do you prepare the carrots, potatoes and cabbage do they are still edible and not mush?

    1. I usually add the veggies about 45 minutes before it’s done. Or, while the corn beef is resting, boil the vegetables in the cooking liquid until just tender.

  7. This is the best recipe I’ve found for corned beef! Seriously, my entire family raved about it.
    It’s easy and delicious. The search for the best corned beef recipe is over!

    I added baby potatoes and carrots to the crock pot after a couple hours, then added cabbage for the last hour. A one dish meal that was fantastic. Thank you, Cynthia!

  8. 5 stars
    I love this recipe, so easy and tasty. This is the only way I’ll be making corned beef from now on. I can hardly wait till the meat is on sale.

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