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Easy Slow Cooker Cabbage with Hot Dogs Recipe - Cheap Meals

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Put all ingredients together in crock pot. Here's mine....

Put all ingredients together in crock pot. Here's mine....

Try crock pot cabbage and hot dogs!

I love the taste of cooked cabbage, and the kid in me still loves hot dogs. Bringing the two of these items together in a crock pot, cooked over several hours, meshes two great foods and flavors. This recipe requires few—or no—spices, as the ingredients mix in the crock pot to bring their own delicious flavor to this recipe.

Cabbage is a great dish to cook in a slow cooker. Slow cooking retains the flavor and softens the texture. Cabbage can be cooked alone, with few spices such as salt and pepper or a few sprinkles of a salt or herb mixture. Garlic is also a good additive to nearly recipe, in my book; it can be added by either mincing whole cloves or simply sprinkling on garlic powder or salt. I like adding caraway seed to cabbage, regardless of what meat--if any--is included with it.

Besides hot dogs, other meats can be added to cabbage. Cut up and throw in links of polish sausage. Slice up bratwurst to add, in plain and other flavors. Add in sausage links, corned beef, or even canned Spam. All of these meats will help to flavor the simple taste of steamed cabbage. This dish, using hot dogs instead of corned beef, can serve as a cheaper alternative for a St. Patrick's Day meal, as well.


1 head cabbage, cut into fairly large pieces

1 package hot dogs (8-10 franks, preferably beef)

1 red apple (another sweet apple could work)

2 pieces bacon

3 Tbs. or pats of butter

...and after...

Cooked cabbage and hot dogs

Cooked cabbage and hot dogs

What do you think about this recipe?


Before you start cutting up items, first fry or microwave bacon. I put it in the microwave with a paper towel covering it—for about 90 seconds to two minutes. Cut up cabbage into chunks. They don’t have to be too small, as they will break down over time in the crock pot. Put cabbage pieces in crock pot and turn level to high setting. Cut up one package of hot dogs into small pieces and add to crock pot. Cut up one red apple into small pieces and add to mix. Crumble cooked bacon and add as well. Cut 3 pats of butter and set on top.

After about an hour, stir everything up. After another hour, do the same. You will see that the mixture is starting to shrink and mix together nicely. Some juice will appear, pulled out from the cabbage, hot dogs, apple, bacon, and butter—all of the ingredients!

Cook 3 and ½ hours to 4 hours on high, depending on desired texture. I cooked about 4 hours. I’m sure 8 hours or so on low while at work would be fine, too. I’ve yet to try that, but I’m sure I will, as I was impressed by this crock pot ensemble!

What Spices to Add

I had thought that I would add such spices as salt, pepper, garlic, or caraway seeds, but the flavors here mixed together so well that no added spices were needed.

I could hardly stop “sampling” the dish. The apple seems to give the recipe a slight sweetness as the apple disappears during the cooking.

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Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 05, 2011:

eddiecarrara--Authentic Polish garlic kielbasi sounds incredible. Do me a favor if you would; let me know if and when you try it and how it works out! The hot dogs cook slowly in this recipe to make a great flavor, but the kielbasi could be even better! Let me know. Thanks for the comments and votes!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 05, 2011:

You're welcome, Ivona--hope you like it if you try it! :-)

Thanks, mljdgulley!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 05, 2011:

ktrapp--NY hot dog in a crock pot! I love that description. I bet it would even be good with mustard on top. Could put it on bread, too! :-) Great comments!

Eddie Carrara from New Hampshire on December 05, 2011:

This sounds awesome! The kielbasi sounds even better, we have a Polish store in town that makes a homemade garlic kielbasi... maybe this weekend. Great hub Victoria, voted up and interesting :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on December 05, 2011:

Lord--Kielbasi would be a nice touch! I just had a lot of hot dogs I needed to use--haha. Maybe a mixture of both? The spicy would be good.

Thanks, Kevins blog. Come on over--haha!

mljdgulley354 on December 05, 2011:

Looks good Victoria Lynn

Ivona Poyntz from UK on December 05, 2011:

I'm real fussy when it comes to cabbage but this looks like something I might try: thanks for recipe

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on December 05, 2011:

This is really interesting. It never would have occurred to me to make a meal like this but it looks really good and sounds so easy. It's like a NY hotdog in a crock pot.

kevins blog52 from southern Indiana on December 04, 2011:

Looks great what time is dinner.

Joseph De Cross from New York on December 04, 2011:

Not too bad! we love cabagges and hotdogs! Wonder if using Kielbasi would help? I think so...I mean, we love spicy stuff and a pepper Kielbasi would make our day!Thanks dear!


Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 09, 2011:

OH, Jackie, potatoes would be good, too! But, those were the ingredients I had. Try it; see what you think. Thanks!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 08, 2011:

My grandmother use to make something like this but she made it on the stove top and also had potatoes in it and it was super yummy. I thought yuck looking at it, but I was a kid but it was so so good and I know this would be. I will try it! Thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 03, 2011:

It's what I had available, Sunshine, so it's (hot dogs) what I tried. And it worked! :-)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 03, 2011:

Never thought of hot dogs! Great idea! I'll give it a try! :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 03, 2011:

Yeah, try it, femmeflashpoint! Maybe even some turkey dogs would be good! I've never heard of fako-bacos, but I bet turkey bratz would be good! Let me know if you do!

femmeflashpoint on November 03, 2011:


I'm not a bacon eater, or any other parts of a pork, and not a beef eater either, except for about once every few months when I meet some of my gang at Risky's Barbecue for beef ribs in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Howeverrrrr .... this sounds realllllly good. And, I'm betting if I tweak it with some turkey bratz and fako-bacos, it'd turn out to be pretty edible!

I've gotta give it a try, lol!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 02, 2011:

Ghaelach and Susan--hope you like it!

randomcreative--Yes, unique combination. I didn't know how the apple would work out, but it really helped to give a nice flavor!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on November 02, 2011:

WillStarr & thejeffriestube--yes, you should try it.

puter--yeah, would be good with smoked sausage, too!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 02, 2011:

What a unique combination of ingredients and so easy! Thanks for sharing.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on November 02, 2011:

Sounds like something hubby would like. Will try it soon.

Ghaelach on November 01, 2011:

Hungry already. Will try it this evening cos it sounds great.

LOL Ghaelach

Mitch Bolen from Midwest USA on November 01, 2011:

Never tried it with hot dogs. Really like it with smoked sausage.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on November 01, 2011:

Sounds great!

Dave from United States on November 01, 2011:

This is SO something I would make and eat when I was a bachelor, or when the wife is away. And that's coming up, so I'm saving this one!

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