We've tried many corned beef recipes to celebrate St. Patrick's day over the years. Here is by far the best recipe. Browning the meat makes all the difference in the world. Corned Beef and Cabbage in Guinness 4 lbs flat cut corned beef brisket. Do not use a "point cut" for this. The fat won't properly render. 1 (12 ounce) bottle Guinness draught (make sure you use Guinness draught, not stout as it will turn it bitter!) 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and cut into wedges 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 bay leaf 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8-1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (to taste) 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 head cabbage, cut into wedges, rinsed and drained 6 medium white potatoes, peeled and quartered 1-2 lb carrot, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces Rinse corned beef under cold water, and pat dry. In a Dutch oven, or other large pot with a cover, brown corned beef well on all sides over high heat. Pour off the fat. Leave what's on the bottom of the pan to flavor your stock. Pour Guinness over the meat, and add enough water to just cover the brisket. Add the onion, garlic, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and pepper to the pot. Bring pot to a boil and skim off any foam. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cover pot and simmer for 3 hours. Add carrots, then potatoes and then the cabbage wedges to the pot. Cover pot, and continue cooking until meat and vegetables are tender (about 20-30 minutes). Remove meat and vegetables to serving platter and keep warm, Bring the cooking liquid to a boil, and cook until the amount of liquid is reduced to the degree of saltiness you want. Slice the corned beef across the grain; serve with the vegetables and the sauce on the side.