Kielbasa-Barbecued Cabbage

A spectacular presentation for some humble ingredients
Kielbasa-Barbecued Cabbage
Kielbasa-Barbecued Cabbage

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

110

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

110

minutes

SERVINGS

8

servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    medium-size head of cabbage (about 2 pounds)

  • 3

    tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1

    small onion, finely chopped

  • 2

    cloves garlic, minced

  • 3

    ounces kielbasa (about 3 inches), cut into 1/4-inch dice

  • 1/4

    cup of your favorite barbecue sauce

  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper

  • You'll also need:

  • One

    grill ring to hold the cabbage upright

  • 2

    cups wood chips (preferably hickory or pecan), soaked for 1 hour in cold water to cover, then drained

Directions

1. Set the cabbage on a cutting board on its crown. Cut out the core by angling your knife about 3 inches down toward the center of the cabbage, and cutting in a circle that is about 3 inches in diameter. Pull out the core and discard it. The piece you've removed should look like a cone. Prop the cabbage upright on the grill ring, cavity facing up. 2. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Brush a little melted butter (about 1/2 tablespoon) over the outside of the cabbage. Add the onion, garlic, and kielbasa to the skillet with the melted butter and cook over medium heat until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Spoon the kielbasa mixture into the cavity in the cabbage. Pour the barbecue sauce on top, and top with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Season the outside of the cabbage with salt and pepper. 3. Set up the grill for indirect grilling and preheat to medium. If using a charcoal grill, place a large drip pan in the center. If using a gas grill, place all the wood chips or chunks in the smoker box or in a smoker pouch and preheat on high until you see smoke, then reduce the heat to medium. 4. When ready to cook, if using a charcoal grill, toss all the wood chips or chunks on the coals. Place the cabbage on its grill ring in the center of the hot grate, away from the heat, and cover the grill. 5. Cook the cabbage until very tender, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours; when done, it will be easy to pierce with a skewer. If using a charcoal grill, you'll need to add 12 fresh coals per side after 1 hour, if the cabbage is not yet done. To serve, peel off any dried-out or charred outside leaves and discard. Present the cabbage on its grill ring to your guests, then cut into wedges and serve.

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