Creamy Coleslaw

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a BBQ and asked to bring coleslaw.  No problem I said… and then realized I did not have a go-to coleslaw recipe!  How was that possible?!  I mean , I cook all the time….. I guess I was never the one asked to bring the coleslaw.  But I’m a FOOD blogger, living in the SOUTH !!  Well, needless to say, the hunt was on for great coleslaw recipes…..

Mayo or not mayo – that is the question, at least when it come to coleslaw… and people are pretty passionate about it!   Since we were having pulled pork – making it a real BBQ vs a cookout, but that’s probably a different post…) I wanted to bring a creamy coleslaw.  So I turned to Southern Living.  Their Best Barbeque Coleslaw caught my eye.  Mayo AND buttermilk ??!!  You can’t get much more southern than that.  Now, I’m normally a Hellman’s girl, but I had some Duke’s mayonnaise in the fridge. So, I decided since I was going ‘southern’, I might as well pull out ALL the stops!

Well, I got lots of compliments on this coleslaw, so I consider it a hit…. and now I can say I have a great go-to coleslaw recipe.  Whew! crisis averted.  I know — high quality problem.

btw – Here’s a slow cooker BBQ Pork recipe to go along with the coleslaw, in case, like me,  you dont’ have a smoker.


Creamy Cole Slaw - made southern with Buttermilk and Dukes from










Creamy Coleslaw

Yield: 16 - 1/2 cup servings


  • 8 cups cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • Dressing
  • 2 Tblsp double-strength sugar syrup* (or 1/2 cup sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise ( I used Duke's)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 3 Tblsp white vinegar


  1. Combine the cabbage and carrots in a large bowl.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk to blend.
  3. Toss the dressing with the cabbage and carrots.
  4. Cover and chill until served - at least 2 hours.


To make double-strength sugar syrup- heat 1 cup sugar with 1/2 cup water until the sugar melts. Use extra syrup as a base for beverages.

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