BBQ Cabbage

I have made BBQ Cabbage in the past to rave reviews.  It’s an odd combination, but it’s pretty darn good.  When I commented that I was making it on Facebook, I got the usual “What?!”  So, I decided to share the recipe with everyone.  It’s a great side and sure to dazzle at your next cookout.  It works out great if you are making ribs or port butt because the grill is already set up for it.  (Click on any of the pictures to see a larger version.  Especially the last one!)

You will need:

1/2 stick of butter
4 slices of Bacon, cut into 1/4 inch slivers
1 Small onion, finely chopped
A medium-sized head of cabbage
1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce (I use Keith Souza’s homemade)
Course salt & black pepper

1.  Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium heat, add the bacon & onion.  Brown about 3-5 minutes.  Drain the bacon & onion mix over a bowl and keep the drippings.

2.  Core out the cabbage.  Put your bacon/onion mix in the cavity, top with the BBQ sauce and cut the rest of the butter into cubes and place on top.  Rub the drippings from the bacon/onion mix on the side and sprinkle the salt & pepper on the outside.  Make a ring of aluminum foil to place the cabbage in on the grill.

3. Use indirect heat and throw some soaked wood chips on the coals.  Cook it covered.  Grill until it’s tender, about 1 – 1 1/2 hours.  Don’t forget to add fresh coals about 1/2 way through.

BBQ Cabbage finished!

4.  Peel away any dry or charred leaves.  Cut the cabbage into wedges and serve.

Plated, with ribs and summer squash from the grill.


If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.  Before anyone calls me out for stealing a recipe, this came from Steven Raichlen’s book “How to Grill”.  It was my first grilling book and still one of my favorites.