Coleslaw is the ultimate side dish for BBQ, burgers, hot-dogs, you name it. When I walk into a BBQ restaurant, I always order the slaw and judge accordingly.
In my humble opinion, bad slaw will kill my review of an otherwise good restaurant. I hate an overly saturated slaw where the cabbage is literally swimming in mayo.
The perfect slaw needs to achieve the right balance- creamy but not overly so. This recipe is great because it has a nice balance of citrus and mayo, which lightens it up and complements anything from BBQ to even fish tacos.
Thanks to my Mom and Dad for sharing this recipe for the BEST BBQ Coleslaw as they are truly coleslaw connoisseurs! I switched lemon juice for lime juice as LIME is my ultimate favorite ingredient!
Charleston Style Coleslaw (BEST EVER COLESLAW RECIPE)
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings 1x
This is my go-to coleslaw recipe that pairs perfectly with BBQ, seafood, just about anything. It uses lime juice or lemon juice and while it is a mayo base, it is not a very mayo-ish slaw. People ask for this recipe all the time, even people who claim to not like coleslaw! Yes, it is that good! Hence the name!
- 6 cups shredded cabbage ( you can use bagged cabbage to make it easier)
- 1 cup of mayonnaise ( I use Dukes mayonnaise light – 50 calories per tbsp )
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 3 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp lime zest
- 2 tbsp of sugar ( I use splenda and I think it taste great )
- 1 cup of shredded carrots
- 1/2 cups chopped onions ( I use a white sweet onion or a vidalia when they are in season)
Combine all the ingredients. Cover and chill for two hours. Serves eight.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: none
- Category: Coleslaw, BBQ Sides, Seafood Sides
- Cuisine: American, BBQ
Keywords: Best Ever Coleslaw Recipe, Charleston Style Coleslaw, Light Coleslaw Recipe
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This sounds great and will diffidently try it soon. I feel the same about slaw. If available I always order it. Never heard of Dukes’s, will look for it.
Like you, I tend to judge restaurants by their side dishes, such as coleslaw and also whether they make their own vinaigrette for salads. (Not fond of the bottled stuff.) I love the lime component you’ve used in your slaw. It must give it a nice fresh taste.
My husband and I are looking forward to meeting you at the blogger get-together at Almost Heaven South in a couple of weeks. See you there.
Sam & Meakin
Thanks for the comment. As a Carolina girl myself, I look forward to meeting you all! We are going to have a blast!
Funny, we just converted to Duke’s this month. I love it.
I’ll be trying this slaw for my next batch of pulled pork.
I’ve been looking for a healthy coleslaw recipe. This looks great. Thanks for sharing.
Let me know how you like it! I always add the mayo/lime mixture at the last minute so if I can do more with less, I will! 🙂