Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Crock Pot Glazed Corned Beef

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Sometimes on random Tuesday evenings while I am whisking olive oil and herbs for Lemon Chicken or chopping vegetable for Royal Pasta Proven├žal while simultaneously encouraging a young saxophone player, locating DS chargers, and blocking our dog from escaping out the side door that was left open by a neighbor child, I wish that my husband was a weeknight cook.  At dinner time on most major and quite a few minor holidays, however, I am truly grateful that I married someone who is a special occasions chef.  As I've mentioned before, my husband can whip up a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, but is totally befuddled by chicken nuggets.  He is even challenged by more traditional dad fare such as grilled cheese or pancakes.

In addition to Thanksgiving turkey and New Year's day black eyed pea soup, my husband has also perfected a traditional St. Patrick's day menu.  Although we have yet to track down any Irish blood in our line, we love St. Patrick's Day.  During our D.I.N.K. (double income no kids) days my husband found a recipe for Glazed Corned Beef in a circa 1975 crock pot cookbook that was published by Rival and had been passed on to us by my aunt.  Aside from an occasional Reuben sandwich, I had never actually eaten corned beef and was excited to give it a try especially if it involved me not cooking after a full day of teaching Kindergarten.

To prepare this Irish American main dish, my husband placed the meat in our slow cooker with a bay leaf, sliced onions, strips of orange peel, cloves, and water before we left for work on St. Patrick's Day.  When we got home the house was filled with an earthy citrus aroma.  While I reclined on the couch watching Oprah, my husband whipped up a glaze by combining thawed orange juice concentrate, honey, and Dijon mustard.  After removing the meat from the crock pot, he brushed the glaze onto it and baked  it in the oven.  The final product was the center of one of the best meals we had ever had as a married couple.

The finished corned beef was succulent and salty with a crusty sweet topping. Over the years this recipe has become the center of our annual St. Patrick's Day meal which also includes home baked Irish Soda Bread and boiled vegetables such as cabbage, red potatoes, and carrots.  My husband serves these dishes with Irish butter, good jam, and plenty of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.  I know that only enjoying my husband's Glazed Corned Beef once a year is part of its charm, but its incredible flavor and the fact that I don't have to cook it is pretty appealing too.

Crock Pot Glazed Corned Beef Recipe
     adapted from my well loved copy of Crock Pot Cooking by Rival (1975)

ingredients for corned beef:
1 bay leaf
1 medium onion, sliced
3 strips of fresh orange peel (about 2 inches each)
3 whole cloves, plus more
1 1/2 cups water
4 to 5 pound corned beef (preferable round or rump cut)

ingredients for glaze:
3 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  1. Combine bay leaf, sliced onion, orange peel strips, 3 cloves, and water in crock pot.
  2. Add corned beef with fat side up.
  3. Cover and cook on Low setting for 8 to 12 hours or until fork tender.
  4. Remove meat from broth.  Score top of corned beef in diamond shapes.  Insert additional cloves to decorate.
  5. Place corned beef on a shallow baking sheet that has been covered with foil.
  6. Prepare glaze by whisking together thawed orange juice concentrate, honey, and Dijon mustard.  Spoon a little more than half of the glaze over corned beef.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes, basting occasionally with extra glaze.
  8. Serve with Irish Soda Bread and boiled cabbage and new red potatoes.  

Linked to these inspiring blogs:  Janmary, Full Plate Thursday


  1. this sounds delish. Going to add this variation to this yrs. St. Patrick's Day family get together.

  2. Yay, my husband is part Irish and loves Corned ?Beef so he'll be excited for me to make this :)

  3. oooeeeemmmgg. This made me hungry. I love corned beef. The hubby, not so much, I'm thinking I will make it anyways! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi Heidi,
    Your Corned Beef looks just delicious and in the Crock Pot...that's great!I will be a very good recipe for the 17th. Thank you for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  5. Loved every word in this post, too cute! I have never tried glazed corned beef, will have to try it out, sounds amazing!

  6. I've been debating whether or not to buy corned beef ever again, after the last time I tried to make it was so awful. I followed the recipe on the package, which involved boiling it with sweet, sugary water. This sounds a lot better! :)

  7. Can't wait to see how all of your Corned Beefs turn out. This recipe is hard to mess up.

  8. Thanks for posting this recipe ... we love corned beef and this would be a new twist for us. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Lambaround, I agree with you. Going to have to give this another go!

  10. That sound delicious! Thank you so much for sharing! YUM

  11. How interesting, I've never made this but have always wanted to. Thanks for sharing!

    And thanks for linking to This Week's Cravings!!

  12. Happy St Patrick's day from Ireland and thanks for joining in with my bloggy carnival :)

    You know I've never eaten corn beef - and never knew it was associated with Ireland until I started visiting blogs around the world.

    My husband is not an every day cook - he prefers a more appreciative audience than just us!

  13. i have to try this...i have never had a glazed corned beef before. it just so happens that i have one in the freezer i can use! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

  14. I made this for my family on St. Patrick's Day and everyone LOVED it! I am trying it with regular pot roast now. Will let you know how it turns out...

    Jenny E