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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

We've given the Eastern European favorite the Traeger Twist. These sausage stuffed cabbage rolls are similar in style to Dolmades. Devour them for supper, serve them as a side, or grab a few protein packed rolls for an on-the-go break-fast. You won't be able to just eat one.

  • Difficulty3/5
  • Prep time15 mins
  • Cook time60 mins
  • Serves6
  • Recommended HardwoodAlder


Cabbage, unblemished1 head
Lean Ground Beef1 1/4 lbs.
Pork Sausage1/4 lb.
Rice, cooked1 cup
Small Onion, finely chopped1
Garlic cloves, minced2
Fresh Parsley, minced2 Tbsp.
Traeger Cajun Rub1 1/2 Tbsp.
Crushed or diced Tomatoes1 14.5-oz. can
Condensed Tomato Soup, undiluted1 10.75-oz. can
Salt and Black Pepper, freshly groundas needed
Sour Cream,for serving
Chives, mincedfor serving


Freeze the cabbage overnight (this will wilt the leaves); thaw before using. Remove the core with a paring knife and carefully peel the leaves apart without tearing. Discard the outermost, dark green leaves; they are not as tender as the paler leaves. You'll need 10 to 12 leaves. (Reserve the remaining cabbage for another use.)

With your knife nearly parallel to the cutting board, carefully shave off the thick center vein working toward the bottom of each leaf. Set the leaves aside.

Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the beef, pork, rice, onion, garlic, parsley, egg, and Traeger Cajun Rub and mix well. In another bowl, combine the crushed tomatoes and tomato soup and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Lay a leaf on your work surface. Form a portion of the meat mixture into a sausage-like log about 1-1/4 inches thick and 2-1/2 inches long and place it near the bottom of the leaf (where you trimmed the vein). Fold the two sides over the ends of the log, then roll up from the bottom. Arrange in a single layer in a baking dish, seam-side down. Repeat until you run out of meat. Pour the tomato sauce mixture over and around the cabbage rolls and cover tightly with foil.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 350F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Bake the cabbage rolls for about 1 hour, or until the internal temperature of the meat mixture is 160. Serve with sour cream and chives, if desired

  • Difficulty3/5
  • Prep time15 mins
  • Cook time60 mins
  • Serves6
  • Recommended HardwoodAlder

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