Bavarian-Style Red Cabbage With Apples

Purple cabbage with an apple
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  • Total: 9 hrs 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 9 hrs
  • Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
330 Calories
2g Fat
78g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 330
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 1292mg 56%
Total Carbohydrate 78g 28%
Dietary Fiber 17g 59%
Protein 7g
Calcium 170mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This combination of red cabbage, apples, and bacon drippings is classic. The bacon drippings make up the tasty dressing along with apple cider vinegar and some sugar.

The bacon drippings add nice flavor but can be replaced with butter if you prefer a vegetarian dish. Or use coconut oil. 


  • 1 large head of red cabbage (washed and coarsely sliced)
  • 6 tart apples (cored and quartered)
  • 2 medium onions (coarsely chopped, about 1 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons bacon drippings

Steps to Make It

  1. Cut the cabbage into four wedges, remove the core, and coarsely slice.

  2. Core the apples and cut into wedges.

  3. Place the sliced cabbage and apple wedges in the crockpot along with the chopped onion. Sprinkle with salt.

  4. In a bowl, combine the hot water, sugar, vinegar, and bacon drippings; pour over cabbage mixture.

  5. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

  6. Stir well before serving.


For extra flavor, add a tablespoon or two of caraway seeds to the cabbage an hour or so before it's finished cooking.