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Apple Coleslaw


I don't know about you, but in my experience, there isn't many better sides to serve with pulled pork, than a creamy, tangy and sweet coleslaw. This recipe takes it to a different place with the addition of grated apple in the slaw. It adds an extra element of sweetness that really elevates the dish.

The other part of this recipe I love is that the sauce is made of both mayonnaise and sour cream. This gives an extra creaminess that mayonnaise alone doesn't bring to the party, while also adding an extra hit of tartness.

Give this recipe a crack next time you have a pork butt on the smoker and thank me later.

What you will need

  • 1/2 a green cabbage
  • 1/2 a red cabbage
  • 2 large carrots, peeled
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 sweet apple, peeled
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 T Mayonnaise
  • 3 T Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 t Cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/2 t Kosher salt
  • 1 t celery seed
  • 1 1/2 t dry mustard powder
  • 1 T lemon juice


1. Slice both cabbage halves into 1/8 inch strips. Personally I like to avoid the thick core of the cabbage, to create a more enjoyable mouth feel.

2. Grate carrots, dice green onions and combine with the cabbage mixture.

3. Grate apple and discard core. Lightly coat in the lemon juice to avoid discoloration.

4. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, black pepper, celery seed, kosher salt and mustard powder until well combined. Store in the refrigerator until just before serving.

5. Just before serving, add apples to the vegetable mixture and store through half of the dressing. Continue adding dressing a few tablespoons at a time until you have your preferred amount of dressing across your slaw.

6. Serve slaw immediately. This recipe pairs really well with pulled pork either on the side, or right on the sandwich.

Coleslaw has lots of variations, so feel free to experiment with the way you like it best. Try adding in a little honey or white sugar to the dressing to add some sweetness, or a touch of hot sauce or cayenne pepper to add a touch of heat to the recipe.


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