This Coleslaw for Pulled Pork is an absolute must have side dish for pulled pork bbq plates or load it onto pork sandwiches! It uses only a few ingredients and bagged coleslaw mix to cut down on time. No shredding cabbage or food processors needed!
This slaw is creamy, tangy and delicious. It's one of my go to side dishes in Summer because it only takes 5 minutes to make and has that refreshing crunch for a hot day!
This coleslaw pairs perfectly with pulled pork from a Smoked Pork Butt! It's also amazing as a side dish for anything coming off the grill, like these Blackstone Smash Burgers or try this slaw with my Dutch Oven BBQ Chicken and Fried Chicken Burgers!
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
- It pairs wonderfully with pulled pork, chicken, burgers, and ribs
- This recipe is super fresh and delicious for Summer
- It only takes 5 minutes to make with no shredding, chopping or food processing
Coleslaw- We are using a bagged tricolor coleslaw mix and tossing out the dressing pack, if it came with one. This saves so much time and it's still delicious. Look for a fresh bag with no discoloring.
Mayonnaise- For the creamy texture. I prefer Hellman's, but you can use any of your favorite mayo brands.
Apple Cider Vinegar- For tangy flavor.
Granulated Sugar- To add sweetness.
See recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Substitutions and Variations:
Looking to shred your own coleslaw mix, use a half of a head of green cabbage, ⅛ head of red cabbage and large carrot, chopped. Process in the food processor until you get the desired texture and size.
You can substitute the granulated sugar with a tablespoon of honey. I prefer the taste of sugar better, but this is an option.
If you love the coleslaw and pork combo, make sure to check out my Pulled Pork Egg Rolls. They are stuffed with coleslaw, pulled pork and bbq sauce, then fried into crunchy deliciousness.
How to Make Coleslaw for Pulled Pork:
Step 1: Into a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar and salt and pepper until the sugar dissolves and the sauce is nice and creamy.
Step 2: Toss the coleslaw mix into the sauce until combined. If you have time, refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Look for the freshest bag of coleslaw mix.
If there is large chunks of cabbage, remove them or chop into smaller pieces.
Make sure to whisk the sugar in the sauce really well to prevent any gritty taste in the coleslaw.
What goes on a Pulled Pork Sandwich:
My favorite pair up for pulled pork and coleslaw is on a sandwich. You start with the bottom of a soft roll, like a hamburger bun. Load on as much Smoked Pulled Pork as you want, then top with bbq sauce. I usually do a mix of an Eastern NC vinegar based sauce and a spoonful of original bbq sauce. Top it with a bunch of coleslaw and add the top bun. Time for magic!
Make sure to check out my post on the Best Buns for Pulled Pork Sandwiches too!
Coleslaw is creamy, tangy, and most importantly adds the crunch to a bbq sandwich! It's 100% necessary to serve coleslaw with pulled pork and this recipe only takes 5 minutes to make!
I suggest making coleslaw the day of serving. The vinegar starts to break down the cabbage and it won't have the same crunch if you make it a whole day ahead. A few hours before is completely fine.
Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. The recipe will lose it's crunch over time, but I still think it tastes yummy and is worth saving.
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