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Barbecued Cabbage - cjs - 06-20-2007

This turned out to be a nice little side dish -

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Barbecued Cabbage Recipe courtesy Paula Deen, 2007

5 slices bacon, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 cup chopped onion
1 medium green cabbage
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon House Seasoning, recipe follows

Add bacon and onion to skillet and cook until just beginning to brown (about 3 to 5 minutes). Drain bacon and onion in a strainer over a bowl and reserve the drippings.
Crumble a piece of aluminum foil into a ring about 3-inches in diameter.

Cut the core out of the cabbage about 3-inches down towards the center and in a circle about 3-inches in diameter.

Add the bacon and onion mixture to the barbecue sauce. Prop the cabbage upright on the aluminum foil ring (cavity facing upright). Spoon some of the reserved bacon drippings into the cavity. Place the bacon and onion mixture into the cavity along with the butter. Brush the outside of the cabbage with the remaining reserved bacon drippings and season the cabbage with House Seasoning. Have the grill set to medium heat and place aluminum foil ring and cabbage on top of grill.

Cover and grill the cabbage until tender. When it's done it will be easy to pierce with skewer, roughly 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

To serve, peel off any of the charred outer leaves and discard. Cut the cabbage into wedges and serve.

House Seasoning:
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

My 'house seasoning is a little different -
2 parts of kosher salt to 1 part of each garlic powder and white pepper.

I used 4 slices of bacon and it was so lean, I barely got a T. of fat when I drained it - so I'm thinking the dish was not too ( ) bad for us given it's a Paula Deen it didn't even need that 1 T. butter.

Re: Barbecued Cabbage - Lorraine - 06-20-2007

Yawza!! My Farmer's Market have had small cabbages that are incredibly tender. This will be perfect. Thanks, Jean!

Re: Barbecued Cabbage - Half_Baked - 06-20-2007

Holy moly that looks wonderful! Jean you've turned into quite a food photographer.

Re: Barbecued Cabbage - farnfam - 06-20-2007

MMmmm, the more I look at this, the more I think we've got to try it. Suggestions for the main dish?

Re: Barbecued Cabbage - cjs - 06-20-2007

well, don't quote me, but I had three strips of leftover flank steak and a 'hunk' of pork tenderloin that I just threw on the grill to heat up.

But, tonite we're have the other half of the cabbage and I think I'll just grill a couple of burger patties.

Grilled sausages would be awfully good - if I wasn't trying to be good!!! Or a ham slice?

Re: Barbecued Cabbage - bjcotton - 06-20-2007

As I read the recipe [I missed that blurb right uneer the photo] I thought, "Jean must have gotten the idea from Paula Deen." That sounds just marvelous. Copied and will try this.

Re: Barbecued Cabbage - cjs - 06-20-2007

it's a good 'un, Billy J!

Re: Barbecued Cabbage - Lorraine - 06-20-2007

I've really been thinking about what to serve it with. I've got guests in and out for the next 6 weeks. At first I thought to do it with the Pulled Pork, but that's a bit heavy. Then I thought smoked grilled chicken, but that just didn't seem to go. Ribs, I don't know. The pork and ribs we always have slaw with, so cabbage and cabbage doesn't cut it. I'm thinking we may have to make a few batches of sausages.

Re: Barbecued Cabbage - DFen911 - 06-20-2007

Ok that is just neat! I am so doing that asap.

You could go yonkers on this and make the filling just about anything to suit anyones tastes.

Re: Barbecued Cabbage - cjs - 06-21-2007

yes! veggies, fruits (fresh or dried!!), maybe even a 'dolmades' filling.... What direction are you thinking, Denise?