Sweet-Sour Red Cabbage-German

Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 30 mins

I got this out of my (wedding gift) 1973 Betty Crocker Cookbook. I have been making it for years. My mother in law is German and she can't believe I didn't get this out of a German cookbook. I have to make it ever year at Thanksgiving for my Step Dad (he loves it). I like to prepare this the day before and reheat it. The flavors blend together so much better. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Prepare and cook 5 cups shredded cabbage by heating 1/2 inch salted water (about 1/4 tsp) and 2 tbs vinegar, add cabbage. Cover and heat to boiling; cook about 10 minutes. Drain.
  2. Fry bacon until crisp; remove and drain.
  3. Pour off all but 1 tbs bacon drippings.
  4. Stir brown sugar and flour into bacon drippings in skillet.
  5. Add water, vinegar, the salt, pepper and onion.
  6. Cook, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes or until mixture thickens.
  7. Add bacon and sauce mixture to hot cabbage; stir together gently and heat through.
Most Helpful

The way the recipe is written I give it 4 stars. With my changes, I give it 5 stars. I did not drain the water from the cabbage. And the cabbage and onions were way too crunchy given the cooking time. I would add the onions to the cabbage at the same time to cook and once everything is mixed, it needed an easy 30 minutes of simmering time to get the cabbage soft yet with a bite. I was pleased that it is not overly sweet. It is the proper amount of sweet that you find in German or Polish red cabbage. We Americans don't know that a little can go a long way. Teresa, good recipe!

Gail the Chef August 18, 2013

Delicious! Not overly sweet or sour. :)

Lori Mama December 23, 2012

Well you won DH over he loved this. Very authentic tasting. Cut recipe in half and had 4 good size servings. Add about a tablespoon crumbled bacon to the top just because I had it cooked and nothing else in need of cooked bacon. Thanks so much for the post.

Debbwl December 17, 2009