Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage – taking this traditional American Irish recipe to a new level.
When you think of St. Patrick’s day meals, does Corned Beef and Cabbage come to mind?
If so, you aren’t alone.
Many people associate this classic meal with one that is traditionally served in Ireland. However, that really isn’t the case.
A historically popular Irish celebration meal typically consists of bacon or lamb.
However, there was a large presence of corned beef in Ireland in the early 17th century.
In an effort to make a long story short, Ireland had access to large sums of salt. These salt pieces were the size of corn.
In an effort to preserve beef that was imported into Ireland, they would salt the beef in the corn sized salt pieces. and place it in a brine with other spices. Thus, corned beef was born.
However, the people of Ireland rarely indulged in the consumption of beef. It was used as an export product.
But as time moved on, and the potato famine hit, Ireland, including its corned beef, was never the same.
Corned Beef – An American Irish tradition
It wasn’t until the Irish immigrants moved to America that corned beef became an Irish celebration meal.
With the move to America, the people of Ireland began to indulge in eating more beef products.
Just like their ancestors, they began to preserve beef with salt, brine and spices. But unlike their ancestors, they actually ate it as well.
It became a source of pride for them to share this dish during celebration meals, including St. Patrick’s Day.
It was a long and slow cooking process to make this tough cut of beef tender and palatable.
Too bad those original Irish immigrants couldn’t make Instant Pot Corned Beef!
Instant Pot Corned Beef
I have always made my corned beef in a slow cooker. But when I first purchased my Instant Pot 6 quart Duo, I knew that this would be a great recipe to transition to the pressure cooker.
One of the biggest benefits of the Instant Pot is that it can cook items that typically take all day in a fraction of the time.
Corned beef is the perfect example. What would take all day in the slow cooker now takes less than 2 hours to complete.
And best of all, it is simple to prepare.
Be sure to make some Irish Soda Bread to serve with dinner!
Check out the printable recipe below and let me know what you think!
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