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Brown Sugar Corned Beef

Give your classic corned beef a twist with Brown Sugar Corned Beef and Cabbage! Try this gluten free corned beef recipe with brown sugar, apple juice, and mustard to upgrade your crock pot corned beef.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Irish
Servings: 6
Calories: 1212kcal
Author: Allison Treadwell


  • 6 pound corned beef
  • 1 pound potatoes cut in half
  • 3 carrots peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 1/2 head cabbage cut into wedges
  • 4 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 spice packet


  • Add carrots and potatoes to bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Place corned beef fat side up on top of the veggies.
  • Mix apple juice, brown sugar and mustard together and pour over corned beef. Sprinkle spice packet over top of corned beef.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or high 5-6 hours.
  • Add cabbage one hour prior to serving.
  • Remove the cabbage, corned beef, potatoes and carrots from the slow cooker. Slice the corned beef against the grain.
  • Place the meat, potatoes and vegetables on a platter and serve with mustard on the side if desired.


The potatoes and carrots will be very soft when cooked in the slow cooker all day. If you prefer your veggies firmer add potatoes and carrots halfway through cook time.


Calories: 1212kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 70g | Fat: 68g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 33g | Cholesterol: 245mg | Sodium: 5605mg | Potassium: 2138mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 57g | Vitamin A: 5175IU | Vitamin C: 170mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 9mg