Archive for North Carolina

Lexington Style Barbecue Slaw

I grew up eating Lexington style barbecue and red barbecue slaw. We won’t argue here about Eastern vs. Western style barbecue in North Carolina, as the most important part to me was and remains the red slaw. And that, my friends, is undisputed! For my money, red slaw beats standard coleslaw, every time. Back in the day, I always ordered extra slaw and topped it with vinegar-based barbecue sauce and Texas Pete hot sauce. Let me tell you, it was crazy good. This is my version of red slaw, and it pairs well with one of my other favorite recipes, Vegan Mock Pork BBQ.

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Vegan Mock Pork BBQ – Carolina Style

My favorite parts of the barbecue experience have always been (1) the red slaw, and (2) the sauce. It’s all about the sauce. As a native North Carolinian, I take my barbecue seriously. And yes, the debate wages on…Eastern style vs. Western style. My version is a bit of a hybrid. It has ketchup, so it’s not a true Eastern style sauce. No purity here, lol! This recipe is based on the mock pork barbecue I fell in love with at Whole Foods a few years ago. And to be clear – this is NOT vegan health food. The base is Delight Soy, a processed ingredient from a Morrisville, NC company. I wouldn’t eat this everyday, but it’s a pretty amazing treat once in a while. (With Lexington Style Barbecue Slaw, of course.)

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