I have my corned beef cooking in my crock pot for about 6 hours on low. Should the meat be falling apart by now? It is still one big hunk of meat. I thought it would be ready in about 1.5 hours. Should I bump it up to high?
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This year, I slow cooked corned beef for about 8 hours in my crock pot. The slow cooker was set to high for the first 4 hours and set to low for the last 4. The meat didn't "fall apart" when I took it out, rather it kept its form and allowed me to slice it (against the grain).
I should mention that I had the corned beef submerged in a water/beer mixture during the entire cooking process. I used 1 bottle of beer (optional) and filled the rest of the slow cooker with water until the beef was submerged.
Any type of Brisket has to be slow cooked either in a slow cooker or in the oven for almost a full working day if not longer…. the longer the better! and on low! Just barely cover with water and the seasoning packet goes on the meat first. If I recall fat side down :) putting one in to cook overnight as I post this :)