This family recipe came from Marty’s Bar-B-Q in Kansas City. Sweet, white vinegar-based slaw like this is barbecue’s standard side dish and is especially good piled on pork sandwiches.

Yield: serves 8


  • ½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cups white vinegar
  • 2 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp. celery seeds
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 small green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 small green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and minced
  • 1 tbsp. minced pimientos
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and minced


  1. Mix together sugar, vinegar, mustard seeds, celery seeds, and salt in a large bowl. Stir until sugar has completely dissolved. Add cabbage, peppers, pimientos, and onions and toss to mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for up to 2 weeks. The longer it marinates, the more “pickled” it becomes.