North Carolina Red Slaw

This North Carolina red slaw recipe is a true American South style BBQ side dish.

It's a slaw that uses BBQ sauce instead of mayonnaise, along with a few red colored salad vegetables to create something pretty unique.  It's a nice crunchy salad, and somehow hearty as well.

Being as it's from North Carolina, I think traditionally it would go with smoked and pulled pork shoulder, but I don't see why it shouldn't go with smoked chicken, beer can chicken, pork tenderloin, or any other substantial meaty BBQ recipe.

As it is this should easily serve 6 or more people, but increase or reduce the quantities or proportions of the ingredients as you see fit.

Red Slaw Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 head red cabbage, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 4-6 radishes thinly sliced
  • 1-2 red onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 heaped tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup of tomato based BBQ sauce


  1. Just chop and slice all the vegetables quite small, then mix them together in a big bowl.
  2. Next whisk the BBQ sauce, vinegar, sugar and salt together and pour it into the veggies and mix it all up again so that every piece gets thoroughly coated.
  3. Chill it in the refrigerator for an hour or so before serving.

Have a dollop of it in a pulled pork sandwich or along side hush puppies or French fries. 

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