Old Fashioned Cabbage Kielbasa and Bacon is a hearty dish, full of flavor using only a few ingredients, budget friendly and ready in less than 30 minutes!
Using your largest skillet or pot, fry bacon until almost cooked, 5-7 minutes. Chop your bacon to create big enough pieces that can be easily pierced with a fork. Remove some of the bacon fat from the pan, leaving a few tablespoons behind, if desired.
If I am only using a half a pound of bacon I usually do not remove any excess grease. If I use a pound of bacon I do. I take a few pieces of paper towel, scrunch them up into a ball and soak up some of the grease and discard the paper towel.
Add chopped kielbasa. Stir until cooked. By cooking the bacon first, and then your kielbasa, you will have the tastiest cabbage on earth, I believe.
Remove some fat if necessary, leaving a few tablespoons to cook your cabbage. I remove the excess bacon grease with a few pieces of paper towel scrunched up in a ball. I used to just pour the excess grease into a jar I kept handy by the stove, just like my grandmother taught me to!
Add chopped cabbage. Try to cut the cabbage in pieces about the same size as your slices of Kielbasa. The cabbage will cook evenly and fit easily into everyone's mouth that eats it!
Also, the skillet will seem too full when you add the cabbage at first but don't worry, the cabbage will gradually reduce in size as the water is released from it.
Adjust and then stir until cabbage is cooked.
Add 5-6 dashes or 1-2 tablespoons of our homemade hot pepper sauce.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!