Need an easy coleslaw for pulled pork? This vinegar coleslaw with buttermilk has the right amount of tangy creaminess that makes a great side dish or topping for pulled pork! It takes just minutes to make using only six simple ingredients.

Coleslaw for pulled pork in a bowl in front of pork sliders in the background.

Best Vinegar Coleslaw

  • Simple ingredients. This vinegar coleslaw relies on easy store-bought ingredients for super quick coleslaw to add to meals.
  • Balance of flavors. It’s a little bit rich and creamy with just enough acid from the lemon juice and vinegar that goes perfectly with pork.
  • Versatile coleslaw! While it’s great with these BBQ pulled pork sliders, it also makes a great side dish for ribs and burgers, and it travels well making it great for picnics and all kinds of summer fun.

Ingredients

Let’s look at the main ingredients you need. Everything is easy to find in the grocery store and some ingredients you may already have in the pantry. Be sure to check the recipe card for the full list of ingredients and quantities.

Ingredients needed to make coleslaw for pulled pork on the table before mixing.
  • Mayonnaise: Use your favorite brand! I love Hellmann’s!
  • Buttermilk: Adds more tang than using regular whole milk. Make homemade buttermilk with only 2 simple ingredients.
  • Lemon juice: Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavor.
  • White wine vinegar: This mild vinegar works perfectly for coleslaw. You can also use apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, or for a bit more bite white vinegar works.
  • Coleslaw mix: Makes this coleslaw recipe so easy since it requires absolutely zero prep.
  • Minced onion: Just a bit for more depth of flavor.

How To Make Coleslaw for Pulled Pork

It takes only five minutes to mix up this vinegar coleslaw! Be sure to allow time to let it sit before you serve it!

A collage showing mixing the ingredients for the coleslaw dressing and them adding the coleslaw.
  1. Combine. The mayonnaise, buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper together in a bowl.
  2. Whisk. Until the coleslaw dressing is smooth.
  3. Add. The coleslaw mix and onion to a large bowl.
  4. Pour. The mayonnaise mixture over the top of the cole slaw and stir until well combined.
  5. Chill. For at least an hour before serving.

Tips & Variations

  • Make it spicy! Add some diced jalapenos, Sriracha, or cayenne pepper to the coleslaw during mixing.
  • Be sure to let it sit for at least an hour. The cabbage will relax a bit and absorb the dressing making the slaw taste much better.
  • Like a sweeter slaw? Add one to two tablespoons of sugar.
  • Chopping your own cabbage? Using pre-shredded mix really saves time but if you prefer a head of cabbage be sure to slice it into similar-sized pieces.

Serving Suggestions

This vinegar coleslaw makes a tasty side dish or topping for all types of burgers, sandwiches, and dogs!

Enjoy it on these pulled pork sliders with my honey BBQ sauce. It also goes great with these Hawaiian roll sliders, sloppy joes, and my crockpot pulled pork sandwiches.

Tongs placing a bit of coleslaw on top of a pulled pork slider.

Recipe FAQ

Why do people put coleslaw on BBQ?

The creamy mayonnaise dressing in the coleslaw works well with the sweet, tangy, and sometimes spicy flavor of BBQ. The coleslaw also adds a slight bit of crunch.

How much coleslaw per person with pulled pork?

It will depend on what other sides you are serving but generally allow around a half cup to full cup per person.

Storing

  • Store. Leftovers in the fridge for up to two days. It will continue to soften the longer it sits so I recommend trying to use it up within the first couple of days.
  • Freeze. I do not recommend freezing coleslaw.
Pulled pork sliders on a platter topped with vinegar coleslaw.

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Servings: 8

Coleslaw For Pulled Pork

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Need an easy coleslaw for pulled pork? This vinegar coleslaw with buttermilk has the right amount of tangy creaminess that makes a great side dish or topping for pulled pork! It takes just minutes to make using only six simple ingredients. It's the perfect side dish for so many meals.
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 16 oz. package coleslaw mix
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion

Instructions
 

  • Stir mayonnaise, buttermilk, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper together in a bowl until smooth.
  • Combine coleslaw mix and onion in a large bowl. Pour the mayonnaise mixture over top and stir until well combined. Chill for 1 hour before serving.

Notes

  • Make it spicy! Add some diced jalapenos, Sriracha, or cayenne pepper to the coleslaw during mixing.
  • Be sure to let it sit for at least an hour. The cabbage will relax a bit and absorb the dressing making the slaw taste much better.
  • Like a sweeter slaw? Add one to two tablespoons of sugar.
  • Chopping your own cabbage? Using pre-shredded mix really saves time but if you prefer a head of cabbage be sure to slice it into similar-sized pieces.
Serving: 1g, Calories: 857kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 88g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 50g, Monounsaturated Fat: 20g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 2003mg, Potassium: 266mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 276IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 157mg, Iron: 0.5mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Side Dish
Author: Jennifer
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