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Chowchow Photo by: Photo: Jennifer Davick; Prop Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham


Made with cabbage, green tomatoes, and bell peppers, Chowchow is the perfect topping for a favorite pulled pork sandwich.

This recipe goes with The Southern Living Pulled Pork Sandwich

Southern Living JUNE 2012

  • Yield: Makes about 3 cups
  • Hands-on: 25 Minutes
  • Total: 4 Hours, 5 Minutes


  • 3 cups chopped fresh cabbage
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped green tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon pickling salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional)


Stir together cabbage, onion, green tomatoes, chopped green and red bell peppers, and pickling salt. Cover and chill 2 to 8 hours. Transfer mixture to a Dutch oven. Stir in sugar, vinegar, 1/4 cup water, mustard seeds, celery seeds, turmeric, and, if desired, dried crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to medium, and simmer 3 minutes. Cool to room temperature (about 30 minutes). Stir in jalapeño pepper, if desired. Cover and chill 1 to 8 hours before serving.


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