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Butter Smoked Cabbage

Makes for a great side dish. Easy to make! Throw it on the Silverbac or Grilla if you have extra room while cooking!


  • 1 cabbage
  • 1 stick Kerrigold salted butter
  • 2 tbsp. Grilla AP Rub
  • 2 tbsp. white balsamic vinega


Core cabbage and set aside one large cabbage leaf.

Layer butter and rub inside the core until full. Use finger to make a well inside the butter.

Pour white balsamic vinegar into well. Secure cabbage leaf over top of cabbage.

Smoke at 250 for 4 hours. Wrap in tinfoil and smoke 2 hours or until desired tenderness.

All Hail the Humble Cabbage

“Cabbage is the king of the kitchen”— said no one, ever. However, we are hardly ready to throw the humble cabbage under the bus. In fact, after you take one bite of this surprisingly succulent and flavorful smoked cabbage dish, you might just change the way you feel about cabbage in general.

For many centuries, cabbage has been a go-to garden vegetable. You will find it featured in many Eastern and Western European dishes, as well as some that have been Americanized. Plus, plenty of people who are trying to eat fewer carbs have discovered that with a little boiling, cabbage leaves can make darn sturdy wraps for meats, seafood, poultry, veggie and even tofu-based sandwiches.

Cabbage definitely deserves a second look, and maybe a third one, too. Instead of passing cabbage by the next time you are browsing the grocery store aisles, give it a chance. After all, it can become the star of the show if you get creative, as you will with this barbecued cabbage recipe.

Dishes to Pair With Whole Cabbage From the Grill

Our barbecued cabbage recipe intrigues you because, quite frankly, you are new to the notion of tossing a butter-and-spice laden cabbage into your Grilla Grill smoker. We get it. But what perplexes you most is what types of foods will go best with smoked cabbage.

Fear not because we have you covered. Why not try partnering whole cabbage from the grill with one of the following main courses?

  • Anything with ham. Truly, ham and cabbage are the dynamic duo. Ham has a sweetness and sometimes smokiness that elicits everything good about a smoked cabbage. No matter how you slice it, ham and cabbage are always a winning team.
  • Seafood. When we say seafood, we recommend something a little heartier or fattier, such as salmon or bluefish. That way, the bold flavors of the seafood or fish will hold up to the strong tastes of the barbecued cabbage. Of course, if you do decide to try a milder white fish, be sure to season it appropriately so it has some punch.
  • Red meats. Smoke some steak or brisket on your Grilla Grill. You will love the way it takes charge over the smoked cabbage on your plate. It is a wow-worthy combo that you cannot get enough of.

Get Inventive With Barbecued Cabbage Recipe

As a final side note, we encourage you to make our whole cabbage on the grill as written the first time. After that, feel free to play around with some different tastes, such as various seasonings and rubs. You may even want to try different butter types and brands to see which tempt you the most. Have fun re-discovering a veggie that gets too little respect!

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