Brown-Sugar-Spiced Red Cabbage


Red cabbage owes its sweet-tart taste to brown sugar and vinegar.


  • ¼ cup bacon drippings or unsalted butter

  • 1 head red cabbage, very thinly sliced

  • 1 red onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced

  • ½ cup cider vinegar

  • ½ cup port

  • ¼ cup packed light-brown sugar

  • ½ cinnamon stick

  • 1 fresh bay leaf

  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat drippings in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add cabbage and onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes.

  2. Add vinegar, port, sugar, cinnamon, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is soft, about 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Notes

This recipe can be made a day ahead and refrigerated; reheat before serving.

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