Make the best side dish with a head of cabbage and your crockpot. The cabbage is perfectly tender and flavored with plenty of bacon.

We love vegetable side dishes in our slow cooker. We also make butternut squash, corn and collard greens!

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cooked cabbage, bacon in a slow cooker with a wooden spoon in it.

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In my younger years I would have never dreamed of making anything with cabbage. Boy was I missing out! Cabbage is SO good as a side dish for just about any meal.

large head cabbage, bacon, salt, pepper, and bacon in front of a slow cooker.

How to make cabbage in a crockpot:

  • Cabbage – One large head of cabbage, cut into square pieces.
  • Bacon -One entire package, sliced then cooked.
  • Bacon drippings (grease) – Save the drippings from the above bacon and add as much or little to your cabbage. This will give your cabbage extra flavor.
  • Water – I use only one cup. Other recipes suggest covering the cabbage in water but we are not making soup and adding too much water will make for bland cabbage.
  • Seasonings – Salt and pepper is all I use. If you want a kick add 1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flake.

How to cut a head cabbage:

  1. Cut the cabbage down the middle, I do this through the stem.
  2. Remove the core by cutting a small triangle shape out of the cabbage.
  3. Turn the cabbage halves onto their flat side and cut into slices.
  4. Now, cut the opposite directions to make square pieces.
2 photo collage, cabbage halved on a cutting board. Other photo cut cabbage.

How long do I cook?

  • Cook on HIGH for 3 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
  • If you want crisper cabbage only cook for 2.5 hours.

Can I use red (purple) cabbage instead of green?

  • You can interchange red cabbage for the green in this recipe.
  • Some say red cabbage is sweeter than green and has floral notes.
uncooked cabbage in a slow cooker with bacon and pepper on top.

What can I use instead of bacon?

  • 1 cup cubed ham
  • 1-2 cups sliced kielbasa sausage
  • Leave out the meat and just add 1/4 cup butter for flavor.
cut cooked cabbage with bacon in the slow cooker

How can I make this vegetarian?

  • Omit the bacon and bacon grease.
  • Add two vegetarian bouillon cubes.
  • Add 1/4 cup vegan butter.
close up of cooked cabbage in slow cooker with wooden spoon in it.

More cabbage recipes for your slow cooker:

  • Slow Cooker Colcannon Potatoes
  • Slow Cooker Potatoes, Cabbage and Kielbasa
  • Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
  • Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls – Recipe by Jo Cooks

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