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Southern Cabbage

Soul Food Cabbage Recipe

Super savory low carb side dish loaded with tender cabbage flavored with bits of either sausage or ham.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Soul Food
Keyword Soul Food Cabbage Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 2 1/2 - 3 lbs head of green cabbage chopped & rinsed
  • 3 medium sized smoked ham hocks
  • 1 medium sized yellow onion diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 stalks of celery diced
  • 1 large bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper you may add more seasonings
  • 6 - 8 cups water


  • Place the smoked ham hocks into the slow cooker.
  • Add in the celery, onions, bell pepper, and garlic.
  • Pour in the water, then put the lid on the slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours.
  • After the 4 hours, add in the cabbage, then sprinkle in the black pepper ( and any seasonings that you may wish to add).
  • Let cook for an additional one hour.
  • Serve and enjoy!



I used a 4 qt slow cooker. I was able to fit all of the cabbage into the pot all at once. If you are not able to add all of the cabbage, wait until some of it cooks down, then add the remaining cabbage when you are able to. Also, I used water. However, you can replace the water with chicken broth if you choose.