Beer-Can Cabbage on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I’m a big fan of making beer-can chicken. I end up with tender, moist flavor-packed chicken every time. That’s why I was so intrigued with the idea of making beer-can cabbage on the Char-Broil Big Easy. Just like with chicken, the cabbage came out tender and tasty. Absolutely perfect, chopped and mounded on top of a pulled pork sandwich.Beer-Can Cabbage on the Char-Broil Big EasyI used a head of purple cabbage to make my beer-can cabbage on the Char-Broil Big Easy. You want to make sure you get one that is big enough to hold a beer can. The can doesn’t have to fit entirely inside of the cabbage, but you want it to go at least three inches. The hardest part of making beer-can cabbage is definitely the process of hollowing out the center of the cabbage. You don’t want to hollow out too much, so be careful.

Of course, the stronger the beer, the stronger the beer flavor will be in the cooked cabbage. I used a very light American beer. Since I was using the cabbage on a pulled pork sandwich I didn’t want something overwhelming.

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Beer-Can Cabbage on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You'll want to use a beer can chicken holder from Char-Broil to help keep the cabbage from falling over.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 1 cabbage
Calories 0
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 head purple or green cabbage
  • 1 can beer
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Cut out the core of the cabbage.
  • Open beer. Drink half and then place the can in the holder, if using.
  • Using a spoon, carve out enough of the center of the cabbage so that the beer can (and holder) fit at least halfway inside the cabbage
  • Insert the beer can.
  • Rub the outside of the cabbage with a little bit of oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer to the Big Easy basket and lower into the cooker.
  • Cook for 1 hour or until tender. (Test by carefully inserting a skewer).
  • Carefully remove the basket from the Big Easy. You don't want to spill the hot beer on yourself.
  • Let cool for 15 minutes before removing the cabbage to chop or slice as desired.

Cajun-Style Smothered Cabbage

In just a short time, Anita and I have gone from rarely eating cabbage to having it on a regular basis. Sure, it’s great in slaws, but also great cold and fresh with a dip such as hummus or Ranch. Or roasted in the oven. Or grilled on cedar planks. And also, smothered and cooked in Cajun-style flavors. This Cajun-style smothered cabbage comes out tender, with just a little bite to it. And great flavors. The cabbage soaks up the chicken broth flavors along with a nice hit from spicy Cajun seasoning. I added a few chopped bell peppers for a little crunch and some needed color.
Cajun-Style Smothered CabbageThis Cajun-style smothered cabbage is absolutely perfect without the peppers, so if you don’t have any, don’t fret.

Also try my Cajun mashed potatoes and my crazy-good bacon-smothered cabbage.

Cajun-Style Smothered Cabbage

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 0
Author Based on a recipe from the Mar/April 2016 issue of Louisiana Kitchen & Culture

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion chopped
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper diced
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper diced
  • 1 small cabbage core removed, cut into 1/2" thick slices
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning divided
  • 1/2 cup plus more if needed chicken broth
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large skillet.
  • Add the onion and peppers and cook until starting to soften, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the cabbage and sprinkle with half of the Cajun seasoning. Turn and season other side.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the broth and cover.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Add more broth, checking every 5 minutes. Cook until the cabbage is tender.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Onion Cajun Sauce

We have long loved roasted Brussels sprouts. Roasted sprouts are fantastic (as opposed to the boiled sprouts I hated as a kid). When I saw this idea for roasted cabbage wedges with onion Cajun sauce I immediately added it to my to-do list.

Brussels sprouts are often referred to as mini-cabbages, so using the same approach to roast cabbage as sprouts should be great, right? Yes! Yes! It’s fantastic! Absolutely great! Top them with an easy-to-make mustardy sauce and they are truly great!

Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Onion Cajun SauceNo matter how you do it, you’ll love these roasted cabbage wedges with onion Cajun sauce. I like to cut the cabbage into 1/2″ – 3/4″ thick slices. A consistent thickness means that the pieces cook evenly all the way across, versus if you cut them into wedges, where the thicker end won’t be as tender as the thinner one. That’s personal preference, and either way is fine. One advantage to cutting them into wedges is that they do have a different texture from one end to the other. Kinda of mixes things up.

Also try my slow cooker stuffed cabbage rolls.

Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Onion Cajun Sauce

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium green cabbage sliced or cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons shredded fresh onion
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun or Creole mustard such as Zatarain's
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • Place cabbage slices on a baking sheet with a Silpat mat or sprayed with non-stick spray.
  • Brush cabbage with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Place in oven and roast 20 minutes or until slightly softened and lightly charred.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the sauce by melting the butter in a small saucepan.
  • Whisk in the remaining ingredients and season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove roasted cabbage slices from the oven and serve drizzled with the sauce.