This Carolina Style Red Slaw also know as barbecue slaw, is commonly served with Eastern North Carolina chopped pork barbecue. It features a sweet and tangy red vinegar based dressing making it the ideal side dish to enjoy with any barbecue entree.
Easy Carolina Style Red Slaw Recipe
This style of barbecue cole slaw is very different from classic slaw dressed with a homestyle mayonnaise dressing. North Carolinian's have a two-pronged approach to barbecue. Western North Carolina most commonly serves a sweet tomato based barbecue sauce with smoked pork, beef or chicken. Eastern North Carolina barbecue is most well known for smoked pork made with a spicy and tangy vinegar based mop or "dipping" sauce. There's usually extra on the side for serving, too. Both are delicious, and it really boils down to your personal taste. Read more about the two styles of North Carolina barbecue here on Our State.
How to Make the Best Carolina Style Red Slaw Recipe
North Carolina pork barbecue calls for a side of slaw. This red slaw or barbecue coleslaw is the kind that always seems to thrill the people who don't care for mayonnaise based coleslaw dressings.
- Ingredients you'll need to make homemade Carolina Style Red Slaw: Green cabbage, onion, carrots, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, granulated sugar, red pepper flakes, salt and hot sauce.
- Kitchen gadgets you'll need: Mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, a sharp knife and cutting board or a food processor to chop the cabbage and vegetables, a large spoon for stirring and a whisk for whipping together the ingredients for the dressing.
- This type of slaw is typically made with finely chopped cabbage. Doing so, allows the flavor of the dressing to really permeate the cabbage.
- The dressing can be made sweeter or spicier, according to your personal taste. Feel free to make those adjustments.
- Give ample time for the slaw to chill so the flavors will mellow and marry. Preferably chill overnight, if possible.
- This recipe easily doubles and triples according to the size of the group you're feeding.
- Store leftover Carolina Red Slaw chilled in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
More Southern Style Coleslaw and Salad Recipes to Make
Coleslaw comes in many forms making it ideal as a side dish to serve with everything from Southern comfort food to barbecue and tacos. More homemade coleslaw recipes you may like to try:
- You may also enjoy my recipe for Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw as a topping or fish tacos.
- You'll love my Mom's recipe for making Homemade Cole Slaw Dressing that's cooked on the stovetop.
- Asian Ramen Noodle Broccoli Slaw includes peanuts and toasted Ramen noodles for crunch.
- Another sweet and tangy vinegar based slaw is my recipe for Hillbilly Cole Slaw.
- You can never go wrong with Southern Style Coleslaw as a topping for hot dogs and barbecue sandwiches.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Carolina Style Red Slaw
- 6 cups finely chopped green cabbage
- ¼ cup finely chopped sweet onion
- ¼ cup finely chopped carrot (optional)
- ½ cup ketchup
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes adjust to taste
- 1 teaspoon salt `
- 1 teaspoon barbecue seasoning
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce adjust to taste
- In a medium size mixing bowl, mix together cabbage, onion and carrot.
- In a separate bowl whisk together ketchup, vinegar, sugar, pepper flakes, salt, barbecue seasoning and hot sauce.
- Pour dressing over slaw, mix well. Place into an airtight container and chill for several hours or overnight.
- Serve with chopped pork barbecue or your favorite barbecue entrees.