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DIY Slow Cooker Corned Beef

corned beef

 DIY Slow Cooker Corned Beef

If you like corned beef, don’t buy the tinned stuff.  Make this instead. DIY. It’s easy, versatile and economical. Your prep work will be done in 10 minutes and you’ll know exactly what’s in it.

Read the list of ingredients on a tin of corned beef sometime and you’ll see what I mean – only 44% beef in some generic brands, beef hearts in branded products and other stuff I won’t even mention. 

Not the way I roll, and you don’t need to either.

If you DIY, after 10 hours simmering in the slow cooker your home-made corned beef will be tender and ready to serve with potatoes, carrots, cabbage and store bought or DIY white sauce.  Or refrigerate it for use later in the week as a base for corned beef pasties, corned beef and cabbage soup, corned beef hash, or in a sandwich as a side to my Cabbage and Bean Soup.

DIY Slow Cooker Corned Beef

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Australian, British
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 + leftovers for a second meal


  • 750 g beef silverside
  • 1 packet dried onion soup mix
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp mild mustard
  • 750 ml water approx


  1. Rinse beef under cold water and pat dry.  Cover with a mixture of ketchup and mustard.

  2. Roll in dried onion soup mix.
  3. Place in crock pot.
  4. Sprinkle any remaining onion soup mix over.
  5. Top with onion.
  6. Add water to halfway up the meat.

  7. Cook on low for 10-12 hrs

  8. Serve with potatoes, cabbage, your choice of boiled carrots/parsnips/turnips/swedes and store bought or DIY white sauce.

Recipe Notes

This recipe was first published on - Smarter cooking for busy people.

Photograph: Jeff Kubina

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