If you wonder if a family is of German heritage, just look in their refrigerator for the cup of bacon fat. When these families have fried some bacon, they pour the hot fat into a cup, let it come to room temperature, and put it in the refrigerator. Used for frying hash browns or making gravy for biscuits, rendered bacon fat adds a rich, smoky taste, as in this cold weather one dish meal.
Serves 4 to 6
4 Tablespoons rendered bacon fat
Place the sausage links and the potatoes on top of the cabbage mixture. Season with salt and pepper and pour the beer over all. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat, reduce the heat, and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes. Taste, adjust the seasonings, and serve hot.
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