I am a firm believer that coleslaw is BBQ’s best friend. No offense to baked beans, but coleslaw is that fresh, healthy(ish), light accompaniment that turns a hot dog, burger, or pulled-pork sandwich into a deliciously sloppy meal and gives leftovers new life.
Have you ever checked out the nutritional information for cabbage? Low calories (20), no fat, and a great source of Vitamins C & K … yes, I realize we are going to dress it but even that can be done in moderation.
Over the past 4-5 years, I have been experimenting with a basic coleslaw recipe. Everyone has their preferences, but this is my family’s favorite. I have made it for many guests and gatherings and I almost always get the question: “What coleslaw dressing do you use?” I tell them I make my own and, inevitably, they look disappointed … until I list the ingredients. I’m not sure why we think flavor has to be complicated. It doesn’t get much more simple than this.
Why do I call it “Sidekick Coleslaw”? A sidekick is a close friend or associate and given how many main dishes can benefit from this easy-going salad, that seems appropriate. Also the stone-ground mustard provides the “kick” most coleslaws are lacking.
To me, BBQ without coleslaw is like Butch Cassidy without The Sundance Kid; Charlie Brown without Snoopy; Calvin without Hobbes; cake without frosting … the world just wouldn’t make sense.
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