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Smothered Cabbage Recipe

Smothered Cabbage Recipe

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Easy and hearty, this smothered cabbage dish is made with ham hock, pork shank, and cabbage, for a delicious bite perfect for everyday lunch.

Prep: 35 mins
Cook: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 35 mins


  • 16 cups water
  • 1 medium ham hock
  • 1 large pork shank
  • 2 tbsp bacon drippings
  • 1 large head cabbage, washed, cored, quartered, and cut into 2-inch slices
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • cups chicken broth


  1. Combine water, ham hock, and pork shank in a large pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 2 hours until meat is cooked through. Drain and set meat aside to cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes.

  2. Remove meat from pork shank, chop into bite-sized pieces, and place in a bowl. Remove skin and meat from ham hock, chop into very small pieces, and add to the bowl, omitting skin if you prefer.
  3. Heat bacon drippings in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until hot, but not smoking. Add ¼ of the cabbage to the hot skillet and saute for about 3 minutes until slightly wilted. Add ¼ of the meat mixture.

  4. Add another ¼ of the cabbage, cooking for about 3 minutes until slightly wilted, followed by another ¼ of the meat mixture. Repeat until all cabbage and meat have been added. Season with salt and pepper. If mixture sticks to the skillet, add 1 to 2 tablespoons chicken broth.

  5. Slowly add the remaining chicken broth to the cabbage-meat mixture in the skillet, give it a good stir, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes until cabbage is tender.

  6. Serve and enjoy.


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