Campfire Recipe: Country Style Ribs with Red Cabbage

Oh, I love red cabbage in any form or fashion but I really like with pork.  While country style pork ribs may not be everyone’s favorite, there are options that one can use when it comes to the meat.  Do not like ribs or they are too expensive for your camping budget then consider using pork chops, or bratwurst.  Cannot find red cabbage, well if this is the case you can use green.  The only problem with this choice is the fact that the dish will not be as sweet.  Finally, while I love to cook a little ahead, do not use bacon from breakfast.  The savory nature of this dish comes not only from the ribs but also from the freshly cooked bacon and its grease.  While precooked bacon will have the flavor, you will miss out on the grease. 

Campfire Recipe:  Country Style Ribs with Red Cabbage


Spray or liquid oil

2 pounds of country style pork ribs

3 bacon slices

1 head of red cabbage

1 tart apple

½ cup of water

1/3 cup of packed brown sugar

1/3 cup of red wine vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the coals by first building the fire.
  2. Using a 12-inch Dutch oven, lightly grease the inside with spray or liquid oil.
  3. Wash red cabbage head and finely chop.
  4. Place processed red cabbage in large bowl.
  5. Wash apple.  Peel, core, and chop the apple.
  6. Put in the large bowl from step 4.
  7. To the large bowl, add water, packed brown sugar, and red wine vinegar.
  8. Stir.
  9. Add salt and pepper to the country ribs to taste.
  10. Place country ribs in prepared 12-inch Dutch oven and move to a heat resistant surface.
  11. Create a 12 inch circle of coals and fill in with additional prepared coals.
  12. Place Dutch oven on top of these coals and brown ribs on both sides.
  13. Once browned, remove the ribs from the Dutch oven and set aside.
  14. Chop bacon up and place in Dutch oven.  Cook until browned.
  15. Add cabbage mixture from step 7.  Stir.
  16. Place ribs on top of cabbage mixture.
  17. Put lid on Dutch oven.
  18. Make another circle of 12 prepared coals and place the Dutch oven on top.
  19.   To the lid, add 24 prepared coals.
  20. Cook for 50 minutes or until the red cabbage mixture has cooked down and the ribs are tender.
  21. Once the time period has passed, knock off the coals from the lid and remove the Dutch oven from the coal circle.