Smoked Cabbage With Bacon Butter Sauce

Whoever thought cabbage cooked on the smoker would be soft, smoky, buttery and absolutely delicious.
smoked cabbage with bacon butter sauce

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When I think about firing up the smoker, I’ll be honest – cabbage isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. I was even a little skeptical about trying this recipe at all, but once I tasted it, I was beyond glad that I did. 

This recipe can be a great appetizer or side dish for your next barbecue, and I think you’ll be surprised too at how amazing you can make simple cabbage taste. 

Vegetables take up a lot of smoke quickly, which is great because they also cook relatively quickly. 

cabbage with bacon butter sauce and a sausage

Smoked Cabbage in Bacon Butter Sauce

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Cabbage – I used a head of green cabbage for this recipe. I’ve never tried smoking red/purple cabbage, so I can’t give you a lot of advice as to whether there are any differences.
  • Olive Oil
  • Seasoning – You can use salt and pepper or a BBQ rub.  
  • Bacon – Cooked and crumbled. Leave it out for a vegetarian option.

Equipment you’ll need

  • Pellet grill or smoker – I love smoking cabbage on my Grilla Grills Alpha Connect. It adds just enough smoke flavor to make the cabbage delicious and maintains a steady temperature throughout the entire cook. 
  • Aluminum Foil good old-fashioned Reynold’s Wrap Heavy Duty is the perfect tool for this job. Be sure to grab something heavy-duty so the cabbage doesn’t break through during the cook. 

How to make Smoked Cabbage

1. Prep

A head of cabbage is just enough for four people, so I chop it into quarters.

It’s helpful to remove the core from the head of the cabbage. Again, I’m not sure if it’s necessary or not, but I’ve always done it. 

raw cabbage on a wooden chopping board
Leaving the core attached may mean the cabbage takes longer to cook.

Drizzle the quarters with olive oil to coat the surface, then sprinkle on some salt and pepper or bbq rub.

2. Fire up the smoker

Preheat your smoker to 250℉.

3. Smoke

Place your cabbage on the grates and let it smoke for about an hour. The cabbage will get a good smoke flavor during this time and start to build up a char. 

raw seasoned cabbage on the smoker

You may notice that the cabbage leaves on the outside dry out too much to be edible. You can discard those towards the end of the cook. 

4. Wrap

After about an hour of cooking, it’s time to wrap the cabbage.

At this point, it’s got enough smoky flavor, but you want to wrap it to ensure it doesn’t dry out during the final hour of cooking. 

cooked cabbage quarters on a wooden chopping board before foil wrap
Leave out the bacon for a vegetarian option. It still tastes great.

I like to place each quarter onto a piece of heavy-duty foil and add a few pats of butter, along with a good handful of crumbled bacon.

While the bacon is optional, it really adds a nice element to the dish.

cabbage quarters wrapped in foil on the smoker

Place the cabbage down on the foil and place the butter and bacon on top, then wrap it up tightly and place it back on the smoker. 

After another hour, the cabbage should be soft, smoky, buttery, and delicious.

cooked smoked cabbage on a wooden board

Serve as an appetizer or as a side with these proteins

smoked cabbage with bacon butter sauce

Smoked Cabbage with Bacon Butter Sauce

Soft and smoky cabbage coated in a buttery bacon flavored sauce.
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 437kcal
Author: Breanna Stark

Ingredients

  • 1 head green cabbage
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tbsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tbsp black pepper ground
  • 1 stick salted butter
  • 1 cup bacon cooked and crumbled

Instructions

  • Preheat your smoker to 250℉.
  • Cut your cabbage into quarters, coat them in olive oil and season well.
  • Place your cabbage directly on the grates. Let smoke for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, remove the cabbage from the smoker and place each quarter on a sheet of aluminum foil with 2 tbsp of butter and ¼ cup of crumbled bacon. Wrap tightly.
  • Place back on the smoker for 1 more hour or until soft.

Nutrition

Calories: 437kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 1396mg | Potassium: 517mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 601IU | Vitamin C: 83mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 1mg
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