Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls – How to make a Grate Cabbage Casserole in a Dutch Oven

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Cabbage Casserols

Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls


Cabbage rolls have been a family favorite for generations.  The mixture of ground beef, rice, cabbage, and tomato sauce has its place in many cultures around the world.  This rendition is delicious, easy and cooked outdoors.  A true combination for success in the backyard or on your next outdoor adventure.





Quality Ingredients


The first thing to do is to get our ingredients together.  Choosing a good head of cabbage can be a challenge.  Choose a head that is heavy for its size, tightly wrapped and has nice deep green outer leaves.  A well-chosen cabbage is a must for this dish.  It’s the star of the show and we don’t want a bitter end.




Coal Chart

Coal Chart for Dutch Oven Cooking



Cooking with a Dutch is fun.  Here is a simple chart for temperature control.









Charcoal Chimney

Charcoal Chimney



A chimney starter is the perfect job to get the right amount of coals going for the cook.







Coals on a paver




Preheat the oven to get the ground beef browned.  Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and add to the oven.




Dutch Oven coals

Dutch Oven with coals




Put on the lid.  Arrange coals to get even coverage and let the oven and fire work their magic.




Making one pot casseroles is easy in a Dutch Oven.   A good Dutch Oven, quality ingredients, a little bit of practice and know-how, and you’ll be the star of the cooking show on your next outdoor adventure!  Thanks for tuning in and watching our shows.  Please share whenever you can and help us grow.  We enjoy making the episodes and creating some fun and tasty ways to enjoy cooking outdoors!

Here is the Recipe.  Enjoy!

Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls in a Dutch Oven

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Deconstructed Cabbage Rolls in a Dutch Oven


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3 1/2 pounds cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth


  1. Preheat to 350 degrees F
  2. In a Dutch oven, brown beef in oil over medium high heat until redness is gone. Drain, or spoon off fat.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the onion, tomato sauce, cabbage, rice and salt. Add to meat and mix all together. Pour broth over meat mixture and bake in the Dutch oven for about 1 ½ hours, stirring occasionally. Check the coals to be sure you sustain a nice simmer. Add coals if necessary.

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