Smoked Cabbage Rolls

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The other day I asked my wife if there was anything special she wanted for dinner this week. She said cabbage rolls. I instantly thought smoked cabbage rolls. I didn’t necessarily run the ‘smoked’ part of the idea by her. But that’s what I made, and they came out tasting absolutely fantastic. Juicy, moist, flavorful stuffing, wrapped in tender steamed cabbage leaves, all in a simple but still yummy tomato sauce. Smoked for about an hour, these cabbage rolls combine the traditional with just a hint of smoky flavor. We both agree, these are fantastic and that it’s ok that I didn’t run the idea by her first!

Smoked Cabbage Rolls

You can also make these awesome cabbage rolls in the oven, baking them at 350 F. Smoking them does give them a different, unique, wonderful flavor, but they are still great in the oven. If you have a smoker, I definitely recommend the little bit of extra effort it takes to fire it up to make these rolls.

I prefer to use fruit or nut woods when I smoke unless I want a heavier smoke flavor. Pecan, apple or cherry are my favorites. For these rolls I went with apple. The results were amazing!

Also try my slow cooker stuffed cabbage rolls.

Smoked Cabbage Rolls
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Smoked Cabbage Rolls

Tender, moist, flavorful stuffing, wrapped in steamed cabbage leaves, all in a simple tomato sauce. Smoked for about an hour, these cabbage rolls combine the traditional with just a hint of smoky flavor. They are fantastic.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword cabbage, rolls, smoked
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 10 rolls
Calories 323kcal



For the rolls

  • 1 medium green cabbage core removed but keep the head intact
  • 1 ¼ pounds ground beef
  • ¼ pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 cup white rice cooked ,cooled
  • 1 small sweet onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Cajun seasoning

For the sauce


  • Fire up your smoker for high heat (350 F) cooking. Use whatever wood you prefer. You can also cook the rolls in the oven at 350 F.

For the rolls

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the cabbage with the hole where the core was facing down.
  • Cover and boil for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the head from the water and let cool slightly. Gently remove 10 large leaves. You might need more or less depending on how large they are.
  • Lay the leaves flat so that the stem side is up. Using a sharp knife, gently cut the stem section horizontally, removing as much of the stem as you can without cutting the leaves.
  • Combine remaining roll ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well.
  • Working in batches, form meat into a miniature log that is about 1″ or so in diameter, and about 2″ long.
  • Place each log onto a leaf near the stem. Fold in the sides then roll up from the bottom (stem area), like you would a burrito.
  • Place into a disposable aluminum pan, seam-side down.

For the sauce

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Pour sauce over the rolls.
  • Place onto smoker and smoke for 15-20 minutes.
  • Cover pan tightly in foil and continue smoking for up to 45 minutes or until the internal temperature of the rolls reaches 160 F.
  • Let cool slightly then serve.


Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 307mg | Potassium: 725mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 914IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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