Smothered Cabbage In The Crock Pot

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Smothered Cabbage

Smothered Cabbage In The Crock Pot

One of my favorite foods is cabbage! I like it cooked, stuffed, and I even like it raw. This is one of my most favorite cabbage recipes. Smothered Cabbage, to me, is one of the ultimate comfort foods! The best part of this recipe is you don’t have to follow an EXACT recipe. You can basically make your own variation according to what you like.

  • Meat – Use what you like. I use ground beef, ground turkey, smoked sausage, fresh sausage taken out of casing, tasso, ham, etc. Not all at the same time. This time I used fresh sausage and tasso.
  • Cabbage
  • Olive Oil
  • Seasonings (I use cracked black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, Tony’s Cajun Seasoning, and a few red pepper flakes)

Smothered Cabbage

What to do:

First brown your meat. You don’t have to take fresh sausage out of casing, but I do just because that is how we prefer it in cabbage. Just slice the casing open and squeeze it out. Only takes a few seconds. If you are using smoked sausage also, just slice it and add to pan to brown with other meat.


While the meat is cooking, I chop up my cabbage. You don’t want to chop it too small because it does shrink when it cooks.

Turn your crock pot on high, and add your meat, and all the drippings. This is where you flavor comes from. You don’t have to add it all, just be sure to add some!

Add all of your cabbage, and stir it really good to mix everything up together in the crock pot!

This is where I add my seasonings. Just add your favorite seasonings and the amounts you like. If you want to start with a small amount, that’s ok, you can always add more as it cooks! I also drizzle a little olive oil in it too.


Now, it’s going to look like A LOT of cabbage! Don’t worry, it will cook down, and when it is done, you will have about 1/2 of what it looks like now.

I cook on low for about 8 hours. You can stir and mix it around occasionally! Be careful, you WILL want to taste test once the cabbage starts getting tender. LOL TRUST me, I speak from experience! Once your cabbage is all cooked and tender, you are ready to dig in!

This is excellent to make a BIG batch, and freeze for individual meals. I will freeze some into “side dish size” and when we eat a chicken dish, I will thaw this out for a quick and easy side dish!

Come back and tell me what meats you used and how yours tasted!


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