the un-coleslaw



My husband doesn’t like coleslaw. I am not one to go out of my way to stick it on a menu or wrestle my way to the bowl when I see it at a barbecue, but I do eat it and normally enjoy it alright now and then. Recently I’ve been exhausted everyday after work and found this wonderful recipe for slow cooker bbq pork, which meant the lovely crock pot fairy would be cooking dinner instead of me– God bless her! I wanted a fresh, healthy side to go with to keep in light and summery since the pork would be so savory. Coleslaw is a traditional topper of pork sandwiches at bbq places, but since we’re not coleslaw crazy I went a less traditional route. Broccoli slaw, which I’ve seen in stores but never known what it’s for, was the perfect answer. We love broccoli and it was so crisp and fresh, perfect for summer. The big difference was the avoidance of the standard mayo and vinegar that really gives coleslaw its flavor. Instead, I did a light honey-dijon dressing which gave it the coleslaw feel but with a totally different and delicious flavor.  I highly recommend trying out this new twist on a classic summer side dish—it is sure to please everyone, coleslaw lovers and not-so-lovers alike!

slow cooker bbq pork
from real simple

2   lbs boneless pork shoulder or butt, trimmed of excess fat
¼   cup packed brown sugar
1   tsp chili powder
1   garlic clove, chopped
½   cup cider vinegar
1   cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
6   sandwich rolls*
    kosher salt & pepper

*we just discovered that the King’s Hawaiian rolls come in burger buns now! mmm…

  • Place the pork in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Rub with the brown sugar, chili powder, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add ½ cup of the vinegar and ½ cup water.
  • Cook, covered, until the meat is tender and shreds easily, on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours (the low setting will make total cooking time 8 hours, 10 minutes).

un-coleslaw (broccoli slaw)

1   12 oz. bag of broccoli slaw
½   cup light honey dijon salad dressing (we used Wishbone brand)
    salt & pepper
  • Put the broccoli slaw in a medium mixing bowl. Drizzle dressing, mixing with a large spoon to evenly distribute. Dressing should be just enough to coat the slaw without excess, so you can eyeball it.
  • Sprinkle with coarse salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

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