This easy and delicious Slow Cooker Cabbage recipe is loaded with meaty goodness from Italian sausage and smoky bacon! With just a few simple ingredients, you can just set it, forget it and the slow cooker does the rest of the work for you.
❤️ Why You’ll Love This Crockpot Cabbage Recipe
- Italian sausage and bacon along with the cabbage makes a tasty one-pot meal
- Simple ingredients not only make this dish easy to make, but it's also budget friendly
- Slow cooking this cabbage recipe allows you to set it and forget it-perfect for a busy weeknight meal
Cabbage is one of the most quintessential low carb vegetables. Because cabbage, all by itself, really doesn't have much flavor, it works as the perfect vessel when loaded up with other flavorful ingredients.
Whether you prepare it raw, in recipes like this Easy Cole Slaw recipe, or fry it up, in recipes like this Fried Cabbage recipe, it's always a huge hit. For this slow cooker recipe, I wanted to create a one pot style meal that would be a hearty and healthy meal all in one, that would be great for weeknight dinners, meal prep, potlucks or for any occasion when you just don't have time to stand over the stove preparing a multi-course meal.
This recipe nailed it! The cabbage cooks until perfectly tender while the sausage and bacon slowly seasons it, giving it the most mouth-watering savory flavor. You're going to love this one so much, you'll want to keep it on regular meal rotation.
What’s in Crockpot Cabbage
- Green cabbage
- Italian sausage
- Chicken broth
- Yellow onion
- Apple cider vinegar
- Smoked paprika
- Ground black pepper
*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.
How to Make Slow Cooker Cabbage with Bacon and Sausage
Heat a large skillet to medium and add in the bacon and sausage.
Cook until the bacon is crisp and the sausage is browned.
Add in the onion and sauté for a few minutes until tender.
Add in the garlic and sauté for 15-20 seconds, then remove from the heat and set aside.
In the insert of your slow cooker, add in the shredded cabbage.
Add in the chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, butter, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
Pour the bacon, sausage and onion mixture with the fat in the pan over the cabbage.
Cook on high heat for 3 hours (or low for 5-6 hours) or until the cabbage is as tender as you like it. I cooked them for the entire 3 hours and the cabbage was super tender. If you like your's a little more firm, cut the cooking time back to 2-2 ½ hours instead.
How Do I Prepare Cabbage for Cooking?
Green and red cabbage have a thick core that needs to be trimmed away before you cook it. To do so, just follow these super easy steps:
- Remove any dry or tough outer leaves.
- Slice off the end where the root was connected.
- Sit the cabbage up on the end, then cut and slice the head right down the middle, then cut into quarters.
- With a sharp knife, slice out the core with a diagonal cut.
- Lastly, cut up the cabbage into your desired sized pieces.
The simple answer is yes. The slow cooker works by slowing braising and steaming its contents. So, if you want the bacon to be nice and brown, you'll need to cook it beforehand. Or you can sauté it first in the crock pot if yours has that option.
Yes, that is the primary purpose of a slow cooker. It takes raw ingredients and cooks them slowly until tender and juicy. The extended cooking time helps to distribute flavors and moisture.
Sure! It is really like any other appliance that uses heat to cook. The benefit to using a slow cooker, is the extended time it takes to cook something allows you to have more of a hands-off approach.
But if you allow vegetables to cook too long, they will get soggy and mushy. For best results, stick as close to the recommended cook time as you can.
Tips for Buying and Storing Fresh Cabbage
- Look for compact heads that are heavy for their size.
- The outer leaves should be crisp and deeply colored with few, if any, blemishes.
- You'll want to avoid heads of cabbage that have wilted or yellowing outer leaves. Check the stem of the cabbage for cracks or other signs of aging.
- When you get the cabbage home, place it in the vegetable crisper in the fridge, even if it was not refrigerated when you bought it. Cabbage will stay fresh for up to two weeks when kept cool.
What Slow Cooker is Best to Use?
I used the Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Slow Cooker and absolutely love it. It's very lightweight and is programmable. But here's my favorite part... you can use the insert on your stovetop to sear before slow cooking.
So if you have a roast that you want to sear to give it more flavor, you don't have to use another pan! You can also deglaze the pan with your liquids and really make the most of all that flavor. Hands down, my favorite slow cooker ever!
More Keto Slow Cooker Recipes
- Tuscan Chicken
- Chicken Soup
- Turkey Breast with Gravy
- Southern Green Beans
- Mississippi Pot Roast
- BBQ Meatballs
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Slow Cooker Cabbage
- Heat a large skillet to medium and add in the bacon and sausage. Cook until the bacon is crisp and the sausage is browned.
- Add in the onion and sauté for a few minutes until tender.
- Add in the garlic and sauté for 15-20 seconds, then remove from the heat and set aside.
- In the insert of your slow cooker, add in the shredded cabbage.
- Add in the chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, butter, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
- Pour the bacon, sausage and onion mixture with the fat in the pan over the cabbage and cook on high heat for 3 hours or low for 5-6 hours or until the cabbage is as tender as you like it.
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*Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and is accurate to the best of my knowledge. You can verify it using the nutrition calculator of your choice. All data is based on net carbs, without sugar alcohol- Swerve, Erythritol, Allulose, or Monk Fruit.