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At-Home Rueben Sammiches

It’s that time of year again where every one is cooking Corned Beef and Cabbage. Corned beef is on sale at most grocery stores and St Patrick’s Day is on the brain! However, not everyone cares for boiled dinner. I am one of those people who loves corned beef, but I don’t prefer boiled cabbage and carrots.
Since I don’t care for a traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner, I decided I wanted to create my very own Reuben Sammiches. Yes, Sandwiches is spelled wrong on purpose. I think the best kind of Sandwich, is actually considered a Sammich.

I have only ever had one Reuben before this so this was going completely off of taste, remembering and what I thought sounded good. These Sammiches ended up tasting absolutely delicious and I cannot wait to make them again. Very minimal work was needed to make these. Check out the step-by-step below, along with the full recipe below.

Ingredient List

  • Corned Beef – Point Cut
  • Beer or Any Liquid
  • Saurkraut
  • Thousand Island Dressing – Or Ketchup, Mayo & Pickle Relish
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Rye Bread
  • Butter

The list of ingredients is kind of long, but truly don’t let it steer you away. These ingredients are the perfect combination to making these Sammiches.

How-To Cook Corned Beef

There are quite a few ways you could cook your corned beef. This recipe is designed to cook the corned beef in a crockpot. Using the Point Cut Corned Beef and its included seasoning packet, and pour in your liquid. I found beer to be my best option, but I know some people would prefer to use water, and that is fine.
Set the timer on your crockpot to 8 hours on low, flipping halfway, if you are home to do so. This allows all sides to soak in the juices and to cook perfectly. After the Corned Beef is cooked, shred the beef using a fork, let the beef soak in the juices while you prep the rest of dinner.

Thousand Island Dressing?

You can certainly buy a bottle of Thousand Island Dressing. If you want to save a little of money, make your own, if you have the ingredients. I am someone who has a fridge door stocked with most simple condiments, which I than use to make others.

For instance, thousand island dressing it ketchup, real mayonnaise and pickle relish. I would consider it a 3:1:.5 ratio. Three parts mayonnaise, one part ketchup and half part relish. You can mess around with that some too if you prefer.

If you are making your own, using the ratio above, mix the 3 ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. We will come back to the dressing in just a short bit. Adding more of something as you taste test, to get the exact flavor you want!

How-To Craft a Reuben Sammich

This type of sammich gets crafted all while cooking. There is no early prepping the sammich ahead of time. It goes fast, so make sure you have all your ingredients ready to throw down.
Start by heating a pan to a medium heat, butter one side of your rye bread, throw that down on the pan. While the bread is toasting, add your fixings, corned beef, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing, Dijon mustard, mozzarella cheese and your 2nd piece of bread. Once there is a good crust on the bottom piece, squish the sammich and give it a flip, carefully but quickly. Allow the second piece to toast and get a nice crust, serve and enjoy!

Why Is This Not Like A Traditional Sandwich?

I am sure there are a few different ways you can actually make this, I chose to put my own spin on it and am glad that I did. It sure was delicious and I think everyone should try it this way. The Dijon adds a nice little spunk to the sammich as well as the homemade thousand island dressing!

I also did read that Point Cut is the best Corned Beef cut you can get. I thought it was really great, juicy and tender ! Not sure if that was because of the cut or because it was cooked in the crockpot for 8 hours in beer. Either way, it was very delicious.

Below is the full recipe with measurements and times. Please check it out and share it with your friends! Perfect timing to make this, since St Patrick’s Day is coming right up! WOW your friends and family with these delicious sammiches!!

Much Love & Honey,

At-Home Reuben Sammiches

Just like a traditional Reuben, but only better! The secret ingredient really makes a difference!
Cook Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Servings 3 People


  • 1 Crockpot
  • 1 Frying Pan


  • 2-3 lbs Corned Beef Point Cut
  • 1 Jar Sauerkraut
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • Mozzarella Cheese Shredded or Sliced
  • 1 tbsp Thousand Island Dressing
  • 2 Pieces Rye Bread
  • 8 oz Beer or Water

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

  • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Ketchup
  • 1/2 tbsp Pickle Relish


Corned Beef

  • In a crockpot, throw in your corned beef, season packet and 8 oz of beer. Cook on low for 8 hours on low. If you have time, halfway through the cooking process, flip the beef over, allowing juices to soak in both sides.
  • When 8 hours is up, shred the beef and let soak in the juices while you prep the rest of dinner.

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

  • If you are using homemade thousand island, mix together the mayonnaise, ketchup and pickle relish.

Reuben Sammiches

  • Butter one side of both pieces of Rye Bread. Heat a medium pan until warm, toss one piece of bread into the heated pan, butter side down.
  • Add fixing to sammich, shredded corned beef, sauerkraut, Dijon mustard, thousand island dressing, mozzarella cheese.
  • Lastly, place second piece of bread on sammich, butter side up. Squish together and flip, to get a crust on the second side.
  • Allow each side of the sammich to cook for a couple of minutes, getting a nice toast on the bread. Remove from pan and serve!
Keyword Beer, Corned Beef, Crockpot, Dijon, Homemade, Irish, Reuben, Rye Bread, Sauerkraut, St Patricks Day, Thousand Island Dressing

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