Slow Cooker Chopped Corned Beef Reuben

I’m a sliced-corned beef Reuben kind of guy. Or I was. We recently ate at a little restaurant where a Reuben was on the menu. I’m a big fan of Reuben sandwiches, and I think they are a good test of the quality of the food a restaurant turns out. Tough corned beef? I’m not coming back. Well, to my surprise the Reuben at the restaurant had chopped corned beef mixed in with kraut. I thought…. hmmmm… I’m not sure about this… but I took a bite and loved it! So I went home and made a big batch for the week’s lunches!
Slow Cooker Chopped Corned Beef ReubenThere’s nothing fancy about this Reuben. It’s your standard fare. Slow-cooked corned beef, tender, and then chopped. Mixed in with well-rinsed and drained kraut. Easy dressing, cheese, and rye. Done. Eat! For a fantastic twist, my spicy slow cooker corned beef really kicks up a Reuben sandwich.

Also try my southern Reuben sandwich and my slow cooker shredded Mexican beef.

Slow Cooker Chopped Corned Beef Reuben

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh sauerkraut rinsed and drained well
  • 2-3 pound corned beef brisket rinsed
  • 1 cup Thousand Island dressing
  • 16 slices pumpernickel rye bread toasted
  • 8-16 slices Swiss cheese

Instructions

  • Place kraut in slow cooker.
  • Add corned beef brisket and the spice packet that came with it.
  • Add lid and cook on low for 12 until the corned beef is about to fall apart.
  • Remove the corned beef and chop. Yes, you can slice it if you prefer. Return the beef to the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  • At this point you can add the Thousand Island to the slow cooker and stir, if you desire, or simply slather it onto the bread slices.
  • Spoon kraut and beef mixture onto the bread. Note: I like to transfer the mixture to a strainer first. I press down on it lightly to remove as much moisture as I can. This prevents me from having a soggy (bleh!) Reuben.
  • Add cheese to sandwich and serve.

Slow Cooker Spicy Corned Beef

I’ve done that corned beef and cabbage thing. Loved it. I’ve done the corned beef sliders thing. Definitely loved it. Time for something new. Time for slow cooker spicy corned beef. Oh yes. Tender, sliced, and the best part, topping with a simple glaze that doesn’t remind you of the usual corned beef ‘thing’. You can tell that just by looking at the list of ingredients? Oranges and corned beef? Yes. Cloves, you bet! And lots and lots of other great things that end up packing the corned beef with crazy good flavor.
Slow Cooker Spicy Corned BeefI sliced this slow cooker spicy corned beef thinly and served it on rye bread with just a bit more of the glaze drizzled over the top. That’s it. That’s all it needed. No kraut, Swiss cheese, or anything else.

Slow Cooker Spicy Corned Beef

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 16 hours 45 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the corned beef

  • 4-5 pound corned beef rinsed, lightly trimmed
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dill seed
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 medium onion cut in chunks
  • 2 celery ribs cut in chunks
  • 1/2 orange unpeeled, sliced thin

For the glaze (double to have extra for drizzling over the meat after slicing)

  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Instructions

For the corned beef

  • Place all of the corned beef ingredients into a slow cooker.
  • Cook for 8 hours until tender, but not falling apart.
  • Remove the beef from the slow cooker and let cool slightly.
  • Wrap tightly in foil and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  • Unwrap the beef and place in a 9" x 13" baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Combine the glaze ingredients and pour over the top of the corned beef.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove and slice. Drizzle with any glaze left in the baking dish or double the glaze and warm the remaining before pouring over the beef.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef Sliders

The corned beef on these slow cooker sliders is beyond amazing. Yes, it’s tender, but that’s not the main attraction. The flavor is incredible. The corned beef brisket cooks for hours in a wonderful mix of vegetables, seasonings and broth. There’s a mild tomato flavor, which isn’t something you normally expect, but it’s just another taste that really sets this corned beef apart from anything else.
Slow Cooker Corned Beef SlidersYou can certainly add sauerkraut to make these sliders more Reuben-esque, but honestly, I wouldn’t and I didn’t. The corned beef is so incredibly tasty that you don’t want to bury it in kraut flavors.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef Sliders

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 45 minutes
Servings 12 sliders

Ingredients

For the brisket

  • 1 3-4 pound corned beef brisket rinsed
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bottle beer

For the sliders

  • Dinner rolls or slider buns
  • Swiss cheese
  • Thousand Island Dressing
  • Unsalted butter melted

Instructions

For the brisket

  • Layer 1/2 of the onion, carrots, celery and garlic in the bottom of a slow cooker set to low.
  • Add corned beef brisket, fat side up.
  • Add remaining onion, carrots, celery and garlic.
  • In a bowl whisk together the broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire, brown sugar, celery seeds and red pepper. Pour over the beef.
  • Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper.
  • Slowly pour beer around the beef and cover the cooker. Cook on low for 8-9 hours until the corned beef is tender.
  • Remove meat and slice or shred as desired. If storing leftovers, I would add a bit of the sauce from the slow cooker so that the beef doesn't dry out when reheated.

For the sliders

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut buns in half horizontally. Spread the insides with the Thousand Island dressing.
  • Add corned beef and cheese.
  • Add bun tops and brush with melted butter.
  • Wrap in foil and bake for 15-20 minutes.