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A bowl filled with corned beef and cabbage next to a bottle of Guinness.
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Guinness Corned Beef

Guinness and beef broth cook down into a rich cooking liquid for corned beef, cabbage, carrots, and potatoes. This flavorful Guinness Corned Beef cooks all in one pot, is incredibly easy to prepare, and guaranteed to please.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 764kcal


  • 3 ½ to 4 pound corned beef brisket with spice packet included
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 11.2 ounces Guinness Stout beer
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef broth divided
  • 1 head green cabbage
  • 6 carrots peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 ½ pounds mini red potatoes
  • butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Remove the corned beef and spice packet from packaging and set the spice packet aside. Give the corned beef a good rinse under cool water and place it, fat side down, in a large Dutch oven. Coat the top with half of the brown sugar. Flip the brisket over and coat the fatty side with the remaining brown sugar. Pour the Guinness around the meat adding just enough beef broth until the brisket is almost completely immersed. The fatty top of the brisket will be visible above the liquid. Reserve any remaining broth for later. Sprinkle the contents of the spice packet over the brisket.
  • Place the Dutch oven over HIGH heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to LOW, cover the pot, and simmer for 3 hours.
  • Remove the cooked brisket to a cutting board and cover with foil. Add the carrots and potatoes to the cooking liquid in the Dutch oven, adding enough remaining beef broth so that vegetables are almost covered. Increase the heat to HIGH to bring to a boil. Reduce heat to MEDIUM-LOW, cover the pot and simmer until the vegetables are fork tender, about 25 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cut the cabbage into 5 or 6 sections. Transfer the cooked vegetables to a serving dish and place the sections of cabbage into the cooking liquid. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for about 5 minutes or until the cabbage has softened. Transfer the cabbage to a serving dish. Dot the vegetables and cabbage with a little butter and season with salt, to taste.
  • Slice off the fatty layer from the corned beef and slice into 1-inch slices. Serve with cabbage, carrots, and potatoes with butter, salt, and pepper on the side.


Calories: 764kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 3608mg | Potassium: 2099mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 10339IU | Vitamin C: 140mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 6mg