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5 from 2 votes

Slow Cooker Cabbage

This slow cooker cabbage recipe is packed with delicious flavors in every bite and requires very little effort to make- making it a perfect side dish for any occasion. With bacon, garlic, and onions scattered throughout, you know it's going to be good!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 83kcal
Author: NicoleDurham
Cost: Recipe $6.14 / Serving $0.61


  • 1 large head cabbage, chopped (roughly 8-10 cups) ($2.46)
  • 5-6 slices bacon ($2.16)
  • ¼ cup reserved bacon grease ($0.00)
  • 1 onion, sliced thin (1 cup) ($0.70)
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth ($0.45)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar ($0.04)
  • 1 teaspoon salt ($0.10)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic ($0.18)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper ($0.05)


  • Cook bacon in a skillet until crispy. Reserve grease and crumble the cooked bacon into small pieces (about ½ inch). Set aside.
  • Wash and cut your cabbage, in half. Then slice again to quarter it. About 1 inch sized pieces. Remove the hard core from the 4 quarters and discard. Place at bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Place all of the remaining ingredients into the crockpot (bacon, grease, salt, pepper, chicken stock, etc.)
  • Cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-6.
  • Stir before serving.


  • Instead of using bacon grease, you can use ¼ cup of sliced butter.
  • Instead of cooking your own bacon strips, you can replace them with ⅔ cups of bacon crumbles/bacon bits.
  • Water and chicken bullion can be used as a substitute.
Recipe Tips
  • Make sure that the bacon is cooked to your desired crispness before adding to the pot. It will not crisp up in this dish.
  • The apple cider vinegar doesn't do much but does add flavor and depth (highly recommend) trying.
More Tips
  • Storage. Keep leftovers stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days, for best results eat within 3.
  • Reheating. Place cabbage leftovers into a pot over medium heat and stir almost constantly until heated through. Serve warm and enjoy.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 384mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg