You don't have to be Irish to enjoy cabbage with potatoes, and while this is a great dish for St. Patrick's Day, you can also enjoy it year-round. One of the best ways to appreciate cabbage and potatoes is straight from the slow cooker, after they've had a long simmer with bacon and Irish beer, of course. During the cooking process, the smoky, salty and umami bacon flavors melt into the cabbage and potatoes, and everything comes out perfectly cooked.
Spray a large slow-cooker crock with nonstick cooking spray. Place the cabbage in the bottom, then add the onion and toss gently. Add the potatoes, caraway seeds, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle the potatoes with bacon and pour the beer over the potatoes and bacon.
Cook until the potatoes are tender, 3 hours on the high setting or 6 to 7 hours on the low setting. Stir gently before serving.