Gather ingredients. Clean and cut up cabbage to the chew that you desire, set aside. heat Dutch oven and fry up cubed ham steak in small amount of oil or brown your ham steak and cut up after browning. Remove from dutch oven and drain on paper towels
Put bacon in the pot and brown until crisp. remove and drain. add onions, garlic ,celery seed. When onions and garlic are softened add cabbage and simmer until tender about 40 minutes. Cut off pot add cubed ham steak and bacon put the lid back on and let sit covered for another 20 minutes. Add chicken stock only if there is a significant reduction in liquid and there should not be. We know cabbage gives up a lot of liquid. This is just in case. I use chicken stock instead of water so the cabbage does not lose it's flavor.