Red Cabbage and Apples – Crock Pot Recipe

Recently Crock Pot Canada sent a slow cooker for me  to demo. I have not cooked with a slow cooker much so I was eager to get the Crock Pot and give it a go. I shared my thoughts on the product in a recent post. Today I have another recipe to share with you that is great in the slow cooker.

This recipe is a classic German dish called Blaukraut. This is a vegetable side dish of slow braised cabbage with apples. It has a sweet tart flavour and it tastes amazing! I remember having it as a kid but I do not know if I ever made it myself. I made this for a family Christmas meal last month and I loved it and knew I had to do it again so I could get a photo and put it on the website.

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Red Cabbage and Apples - Slow Cooker Recipe - Blaukraut

Slow braised red cabbage and apples this German side dish is perfect for the crock pot. Red cabbage, apples, vinegar, onion, sugar. Classic slow cooker recipe.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine German
Keyword Apples, Red Cabbage, Side Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Steve Cylka


  • 1 red cabbage , thinly sliced
  • 4 tart apples (I used granny smith), cored, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion , diced
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Mix all ingredients together in a large slow cooker (I use a 6qt).
  • Cook on low for 8 hours.

Recipe adapted from Southernfood.

About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. This is awesome! I just got a new slow cooker and this looks like a great healthy recipe to try.

  2. Hi Steve
    your recipe looks delicious, it worth a try .thanks

  3. Hello! Thank you soooo much for this recipe! I have been dating my German boyfriend for about 4 years and wanted to “wow” him with an authentic German dinner. He had always talked about Blaukraut. After Googling it, I stumbled on your page a couple years ago and have been making this recipe every since!!! It’s so fantastic! I have made little tweeks to it, but have stuck to your base. I always add cinnamon and today I’m trying it in the slow cooker. Anyhow, I just want to thank you! Because of you I will have something to pass down to my little girls 🙂

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