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Sweet-Sour Red Cabbage with Bacon

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min.


10 servings

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


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 96 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 161mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • dcscake_OH
    Feb 6, 2020

    Made this cabbage today, used less sugar, but it was so good anyway. Love cabbage.

  • wesdy
    Jan 6, 2020

    Even better that what I grew up with! The perfect balance of sweet and tart, soft and crunchy. I made the shreds pretty wide so it took a bit longer to cook, and I didn't have cloves but it was just great anyway. Definitely a keeper!

  • Janmalarkey
    Dec 16, 2014

    Outstanding recipe. Best red cabbage I have ever eaten.

  • Jaymecolasanti
    Jul 20, 2013

    very good, added a bit more of the vinagar

  • Tomatobiz
    Oct 9, 2012

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  • TerryLaPorte
    Jan 22, 2012

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

  • aleanak
    Jan 31, 2011

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

  • lorajean18
    Jan 1, 2011

    This is perfect with the Hungarian chicken!

  • katlaydee3
    Sep 7, 2010

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  • lindahoward
    Mar 21, 2010

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