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Sweet-Sour Red Cabbage with Bacon Recipe
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Sweet-Sour Red Cabbage with Bacon Recipe

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This crunchy eye-catching cooked cabbage is seasoned with a flavorful blend of vinegar, spices and bacon. Even when my mom fixes a big batch, the bowl gets emptied quickly. —Cathy Eland Hightstown, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 medium head red cabbage, shredded (10 cups)
  • 2 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 96 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 161 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, stir the cider vinegar and sugars until sugars are dissolved. Add cabbage; toss to coat. Let stand for 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels to drain.
  2. In the drippings, saute apple and onion until tender. Stir in water and cabbage mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle with reserved bacon just before serving. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Sweet-Sour Red Cabbage in Taste of Home February/March 2001, p35

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Reviewed Dec. 16, 2014

"Outstanding recipe. Best red cabbage I have ever eaten."

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2013

"very good, added a bit more of the vinagar"

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2012

"This is now one of my favorites. The flavor and texture are excellent."

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"Fantastic. Added more bacon and no apples. Will definitely make this again!"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2011

"This is perfect with the Hungarian chicken!"

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