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Red BBQ Slaw Recipe
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Red BBQ Slaw

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"Growing up in the foothills of North Carolina and enjoying Eastern North Carolina BBQ, we always had barbecue slaw or red slaw served with our pulled pork. The spicy, crunchy texture of the marinated cabbage takes BBQ to the next level. Serve with pork or chicken."

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  • PREP

    15 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Place the cabbage into a salad bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together apple cider vinegar, ketchup, sugar, red pepper flakes, and hot sauce until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the dressing over the cabbage, toss thoroughly, and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
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  • Cook's Note
  • Barbecue sauce can be substituted for ketchup, and I like to chill mine overnight to allow for the flavors to combine.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 28, 2011

I love this recipe! I have lived in NC all of my life and have tried many recipes for red BBQ slaw and this is by far the best one. Just make sure you break up the red pepper flakes a little. Once I chop the cabbage in the food processor I add the red pepper flakes and pulse a couple of times. Great recipe Robin!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 24, 2011

Yuk....just doesn't do it for me

Jul 09, 2010

Yay! Carolina bbq slaw. Like you put on the bbq sandwiches back home in North Carolina!! Very close to home!~

Mar 08, 2011

Exactly the recipe I was searching for! I used a little cayenne pepper and a little of the red pepper flakes. It is really better if you can let it marinate overnight. Thanks for the recipe Robin!

Jun 27, 2011

Growing up in Shelby NC, BBQ was a way traditional Christmas dinner. My grandma always made BBQ with all the fixing's. To me, its just not BBQ with out the red slaw. It does seem like an odd combination of flavors but we LOVE it!! It is better if allowed to sit awhile, flavors meld together for a better taste. I have used, store bought, barbecue sauce instead of ketchup, seems to give it kind of a smoke flavor depending on the variety of sauce used.

Jan 18, 2011

Great recipe. I just came from Lexington, NC, last week, and this recipe tastes just like the slaw that they serve at Speedy's. I added a little bit more sugar, cause I like my sauce sweeter, but the recipe is a winner!

Jan 10, 2011

Love this recipe, thank you. Super red slaw, worderful with BBQ and great with fish too!!

Jan 18, 2012

This is a great vinegar based slaw! I did it exactly as the recipe stated.


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  • Calories
  • 34 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 8 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 125 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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