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Apple and Whiskey BBQ Coleslaw

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Adjust Servings:
0.5 Red Cabbage
0.5 Red Onion
1 Carrot
1 Celery
1 Apple
5 Tbsp BBQ Sauce Smokin' Yankee is a good place to start!
1 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

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Apple and Whiskey BBQ Coleslaw


    A Tasty BBQ Side Dish, Perfect for Accompanying Pork, Beef or Chicken.

    • 70
    • Serves 4
    • Medium




    Side dishes are so important to American BBQ, it’s easy to picture grills full of steaks, pork shoulder and lobster but when you see it plated up, there’s always great side dishes. I thought I would have a go at the ever popular BBQ Coleslaw. I’m not a fan of shop bought coleslaw, I find it much too heavy with the lashing of mayo they put in. In fact, when I make my own coleslaw, I often mix in a little yogurt to make it a bit lighter.

    The very tasty BBQ sauce we were working with for this recipe

    This is no ordinary coleslaw recipe though, today we’re making BBQ Coleslaw! When we picked up a bottle of the Belfast-made Smokin’ Yankees Apple and Whiskey BBQ Sauce, we knew this would be a wonderful way to test it out.

    We thought this was a great BBQ Sauce. From their Twitter Profile, I think it’s one they developed for BBQ competitions (I’m sure they’ll correct me if I’m wrong). It’s deep and there’s a lot going on with it. We could definitely pick out the flavour of apples and some notes from the whiskey. This is an all round great sauce and the flavours worked perfectly with this BBQ Coleslaw.

    The leaning tower of grated carrot

    We used traditional coleslaw vegetables like celery, red onion, red cabbage and carrot which give a very deep colour and crunchy texture, we also supplemented the sweetness of the sauce by grating in an apple. You can’t just mix these crunchy vegetables with the tasty sauce though. For a great BBQ Coleslaw, you need to thin the sauce out a little and add some more pickling flavours. For this BBQ Coleslaw, we used a mixture of Smokin’ Yankee Apple and Whiskey BBQ Sauce, white wine vinegar and Dijon mustard. Mix at least an hour before serving and stir right before giving it to your patient guests.

    So, the next time you’re preparing a feast don’t forget that the side dishes are important too! Whether you’re making this BBQ Coleslaw, or maybe you’re having a go at some BBQ Beans or Sweetcorn, these need a good bit of effort and time too.

    It’s obvious when someone has put a bit of effort into their side dishes and not just their mains

    We also gave this sauce a go with some thick cut pork chops. We’ll have the recipe up soon!

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    Finely slice the celery, red onion and red cabbage then pour them into a mixing bowl.


    Grate in the apple and carrot. Be sure not to grate right through the core of the apple! Nobody wants pips in their slaw.


    Mix in the BBQ sauce, vinegar and mustard to the crunchy veg and and give it a really good stir.


    Cover and let it sit for at least an hour. Stir several times through the marinating process to ensure the flavours properly mingle. We hope you enjoy it! Why not serve this great coleslaw with some delicious BBQ pork chops.

    Mark T

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    I tasted this coleslaw by pure luck, it was unreal great taste and what a great bunch of lad’s.

    Thanks Dave, you’re invited next time we BBQ at a National Scout Event! It was great seeing you. See you soon I’m sure.

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