Your Basic Slaw


Preparation info
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Appears in
The Barbecue Bible

By Steven Raichlen

Published 1998

  • About

This is the basic mild and creamy, mayonnaise-based coleslaw that is served at barbecue joints throughout the United States. To make a low-fat version, substitute low- or no-fat sour cream for the mayonnaise.


For the Dressing

  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
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  1. Make the dressing: Combine the mayonnaise, cider vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, sugar, garlic (if using), and celery seeds in a small nonreactive bowl and whisk to mix. Taste for seasoning, adding salt and black pepper to taste and more sugar as necessary; the dressing should be highly seasoned.

  2. Make the slaw: Combine the cabbage, carrots, and bell pe