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?


  • Not an answer because I've never made it myself, but I just had corned beef that was slowcooked for over a day and it was delicious!
    – Davy8
    Mar 18, 2012 at 0:51
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    Could you explain what kind of liquid set up have the meat in, if any; and what amount of space there is for the meat in the vessel?
    – mfg
    Mar 22, 2012 at 19:35
  • Like mfg said, you need to almost cover the meat in water or broth. If you cover in liquid it will definitely fall apart
    – Avien
    Mar 30, 2012 at 20:14
  • I always cook corned beef in a crock pot. I let it go 6-8 hours on low, or 4 hours on high. The meat remains a single hunk but when sliced it falls apart easily. Sep 26, 2012 at 16:56

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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 :)

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