Lexington Barbecue Restaurant Red Slaw

Classic Lexington, North Carolina style barbecue slaw. *“The most distinguishing feature of the “Lexington Barbecue Sandwich” is the inclusion of red slaw (sometimes called barbecue slaw). Red slaw is a combination of cabbage, vinegar, ketchup and crushed/ground black pepper. Red slaw is distinguishable from coleslaw because red slaw contains no mayonnaise. Many Lexingtonians (and visitors) consider red slaw a staple for a quality barbecue experience. Red slaw is commonly served as a side dish with barbecue, grilled poultry and other meats, and on hotdogs as a relish.” *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lexington,_North_Carolina

Lexington Barbecue Restaurant Red Slaw

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  • 1

    lb cabbage (Shred half, chop half, and combine)

  • ¼

    C. Ketchup

  • 1

    T. Cider Vinegar

  • ½

    t. Salt

  • 3

    T. Sugar

  • ½

    t. Ground black pepper

  • ¼ - ½

    t. Cayenne, according to taste.


Combine dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and mix well. Pour the mixture over the cabbage and stir to combine. Chill the slaw in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.


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