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Corky’s {Copy-Cat} Cole Slaw

We have traveled near and far over the past several years in search of the “perfect” southern style BBQ. In the last 10 years or so we’ve headed to Tennessee [Nashville and Memphis], Mississippi, both North and South Carolina, West Virginia and of course, Michigan, seeking the finest in BBQ. We’ve sought out ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket – and to compliment it all – the fabulous sides. From braised collards greens, to macaroni and cheese. Corn bread, baked beans and of course, cole slaw.

Corky's Copy-Cat SlawOn occasion, those sides can make or break a meal. This cole slaw made the meal. Corky’s is a BBQ joint we visited in the Nashville area. The meal was really good. But it was this cole slaw that made the meal great. There were 6 people in our group on this particular BBQ tour and we all voted Corky’s slaw the best. Imagine my excitement, upon returning home, to find a copy-cat recipe that allowed me to mix it up in my own kitchen.

Corky's Copy-Cat SlawI’m sharing this recipe with you today, because I made this slaw to accompany my Lobster Corn Dogs that I made last week. No, lobster is not BBQ. But cole slaw goes with so much more than slow cooked meats. It was terrific with the corn dogs. I love slaw with many meals in the fish and seafood category.

lobster corn dog I’ve found that sometimes I don’t need the full recipe you see below. So I offer a shortcut: buy the bag of pre-shredded slaw mix [normally cabbage and carrot mix, about a 14 ounce bag] and cut all of the other ingredients in half. You’ll yield a hearty 4-6 servings. This was the perfect amount to accompany the lobster corn dogs.

Corky's {Copy-Cat} Cole Slaw

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Corky's Copy-Cat Slaw

1 medium head of green cabbage, shredded
2 medium carrots, grated
1 green pepper, small dice
2 Tablespoons onion, finely grated
2 cups mayonnaise
¾ cup sugar
¼ cup Dijon mustard
¼ cup cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons celery seeds
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon white pepper

•Combine the mayonnaise, sugar, Dijon mustard, cider vinegar, grated onion, celery seeds, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk until well combined; set aside.

•Mix vegetables in a large bowl: cabbage, carrots and green pepper. Pour about 1/2 of the dressing over the vegetables, mix together and toss well. As the dressing is incorporated with the vegetables, gradually add more to achieve your desired consistency. [Note: you may not use all of the dressing. However, the dressing is great on salads too.] Cover and refrigerate 3-4 hours before enjoying.

Corky's cole slaw

Recipe adapted from here.


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  2. This sounds like a very good slaw, Nancy, and with grilling season about to begin, your timing couldn’t be better. Glad you mentioned the bags of pre-cut cabbage & carrots. Unless I’m having people over for a barbecue, a whole cabbage makes far too much slaw for me. That won’t be a problem with this recipe. Thanks.

    • You’re right John, perfectly grilled foods go great with a crisp slaw. This one is proven winner in our house, I hope you get a chance to mix some up! I hope you’re enjoying warmer weather in Chicago, as we hit 70 in Detroit today and had our grill doing its job 🙂

    • I’m with you on that! I’m just hoping if I make the appropriate food, the warm weather will follow too…I’m desperately seeking a positive attitude, hahha 🙂

  3. BBQ road trip! I love it! That’s a great idea and next time I visit the US I may try a similar endeavor. Thanks for the recipe, it looks great! I normally forget that I love coleslaw until I come across it again 🙂

    • We love planning vacations around eating..we’re a little too in love with food 😉 As for the cole slaw, I tend to prepare it more for summer foods…BBQ, picnics, burgers, etc., so I too forget about it a few months of the year!

  4. We love coleslaw and macaroni ? Do you have a macaroni recipe? My husband has bajaan roots so he loves his coleslaw, macaroni, chicken and rice and peas. No one in his family will divulge to me how they make their macaroni and my kids love it. It’s more like pie than the uk version which is quite sloppy. Do you have a good recipe for this? See I’m putting in requests now haha

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