Add contents of seasoning packet, black pepper, and minced garlic to a small bowl and mix to combine.
Add broth, onion, bay leaf, and thyme sprigs to the slow cooker. Then place the brisket on top with the fat side up. Spread the spice blend evenly over the fat of the brisket, making sure that very little falls off into the broth. Cook on LOW for 6 hours.
After 6 hours have passed, remove onions, thyme sprigs, and bay leaf. Slide the brisket to one side of the cooker and add cabbage to the broth, pressing down as much as you can, but not disturbing the seasonings on top of the brisket. Continue cooking on LOW for 1 more hour.
Meanwhile... preheat the oven to 425F degrees. In a large bowl, toss the potatoes and carrots with oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley. Spread out evenly in a single layer onto a baking sheet and cook for 45 minutes.
Once the cabbage has cooked, carefully remove the brisket and transefer to a baking sheet.
After carrots and potatoes are cooked, add them to the slow cooker, mix with the cabbage, and switch to the WARM setting.
Switch the oven to HIGH BROIL setting. Place brisket on the bottom rack of the oven and cook for 5-10 minutes, depending on how hot your broiler gets and how crispy you prefer your corned beef. Once the moisture cooks off, it will begin to toast very quickly, so keep a very close eye on it.
Remove from oven and allow brisket to rest for 10 minutes. Then carefully slice against the grain for maximum tenderness.