Camp Fire Recipe: Ribs and Red Cabbage

Oh my, nothing beats red cabbage in the fall.  While I am not a vegetarian, I tend to migrate to the red cabbage while my husband devours the ribs.  Below is one my favorite recipes to fix in the fall at the campground.

Camp Fire Recipe:  Ribs and Red Cabbage


Liquid or spray oil

2 pounds of country style pork ribs

3 slices of bacon

1 head of red cabbage

1 tart apple

½ cup of water

1/3 cup of brown sugar

1/3 cup of red wine vinegar

Salt and pepper


  1. Build the fire to prepare the coals.
  2. Using a 12-inch Dutch oven, lightly grease the inside of the Dutch oven with liquid or spray oil.
  3. Finely chop the red cabbage and place in a large bowl.
  4. Peel, core, and chop the apple. Place in the bowl.
  5. Add water, brown sugar, and red wine vinegar to the large bowl.  Stir to combine.
  6. Place a grilling rack over the fire and top with the 12-inch Dutch oven.
  7. Chop bacon and add to the Dutch oven.
  8. Season the country style ribs with salt and pepper. Add the country style ribs to the bacon and cook until the ribs and bacon are brown.
  9. Remove the ribs to a plate and add the cabbage mixture.  Stir.
  10. Place the ribs on top of the cabbage mixture and top with lid.
  11. Move the Dutch oven to a heat resistant surface. 
  12. Arrange 12 prepared coals on this heat resistant surface.
  13. Place the Dutch oven on top of the coals from step 12.
  14. Cover the lid with 24 coals.
  15. Cook for 50 minutes.
  16. Prior to serving, check to make sure the ribs are done and the cabbage has cooked down.
  17. Serve.

Boy, I can tell you this dish is delicious but you can always make some changes.  While this recipe does not call for onion, I have added it to the cabbage mixture before cooking.  To beef up the vegetable amount, I have also added sliced turnips. 

As far as the meat goes, if you do not have country ribs do not worry, pork chops work just fine.  If you really want to change it up, add bratwurst in place of ribs.  If you choose the latter meat, reduce your cooking time to 30 minutes.