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‘Beer-Can Cabbage’ is a Thing: Have You Heard of This?

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As great grillers, people from Texas are quite proud of their barbecue skills. But, can we honestly say we’ve tried the latest craze called “beer-can cabbage”? Apparently, it’s “all the rage” according to an article by Country Living, and to be honest, the photos definitely do it justice! Someone get us a beer…and a cabbage. That’s correct, it’s a simple process of stuffing a can of beer into a hollowed-out head of cabbage, much like the beer-can chicken process we quickly bought a case of Shiner Bock for – or was that to marinate our steak in? Either way, it involves beer, and that can’t be all that bad!

‘Beer-Can Cabbage’ is a Thing: Have You Heard of This?

Photo: Facebook/Grilling Montana

After the cabbage is hollowed out, the beer is opened and nicely nestled in its place, the whole conglomeration gets set on the grill, and then you proceed to baste the cabbage with your favorite barbecue sauce. Following that, you turn it into a burger! Yes, a beer-can cabbage burger. Originally the concept of Epicurious Associate Food Editor Katherine Sacks, this cabbage barbecue option was designed as a vegetarian-friendly alternative to the ever-popular chicken option noted earlier. The beer is used to steam the cabbage from the inside while the outer layers get caramelized and crispy from the sauce it’s slathered in. The theory is that it works like pork on a bun.

And darn it, you have to drink half the can of beer prior to placing it in the cored cabbage, but we all have to make sacrifices. Willful waste makes woeful want, right? Well, the same goes for the leftover pieces of cabbage which are removed from the center in order to make room for the can. A nice, cool and creamy coleslaw can be made up of these remainders to pair with your barbecued masterpiece. The process entails a total of 45 minutes, whereby the cabbage and beer are placed on the grill, covered, and basted every 15 minutes with sauce until the outside is charred and dark. When the grilling is complete, you cut the cabbage into handy wedges which would make a great side, or you can slice it into strips to eat it much like a pork sandwich, loaded with your favorite toppings for a delicious main. It’s a meat-free meal alternative that anyone could get behind, and it’s an inexpensive option for a family dinner.

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