Butter-basted BBQ cabbage served on a plate

Butter-basted BBQ cabbage

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins


Serves 6

Burn cabbage on a barbecue to add flavour while cooking the middle. It should be near-black when done, but don’t worry – you won’t eat the charred leaves

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal167
  • fat14g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre3g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.4g


  • 1 medium Savoy or King cabbage, outer leaves kept on



    The cabbage, or brassica, family is huge, and includes everything from the familiar red, white…

  • 100g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tbsp muscovado sugar
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, finely zested and juiced



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • small bunch coriander, chopped


  1. Light a lidded barbecue. Let the flames die down and the coals turn ashen, then mound the coal up on one side or heat an oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Wash the cabbage of any grit or soil. Beat the butter with the rest of the ingredients and a pinch of salt.

  2. Open the outer leaves to expose the main ball, spread out the leaves and make a few big cuts into the heart. Smear the butter mix over the middle, draw the outer leaves back up, and secure with string (this will stop the leaves falling off ).

  3. Sit the cabbage in a roasting tin and cook in the barbecue or oven for 1 hr 15 mins until the outer leaves are charred and an inserted skewer doesn’t offer too much resistance. Remove the cabbage and cut off the string, then remove the outer leaves to expose the cooked middle. Cut into wedges and baste with the butter in the tray while warm, so the cabbage soaks up the flavours.

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7th Apr, 2019
Made this with charcoal bbq and it was brilliant. A great ‘cheat’ veggie due to the great taste and minimum effort. A hit with visitors too.
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Jeremy Lane
13th Jun, 2018
I tried this recipe which sounded great. However after 1 hour 15 mins in a covered gas bbq the cabbage was not even partly cooked. My solution is to cut the cabbage in to quarters and dress it with the mixture. This will soak in and the cabbage will cook in the allocated time giving a perfect result.
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