North Carolina coleslaw is coleslaw at its most elemental. No onions. No carrots or peppers. No mayonnaise. Just cabbage and peppery vinegar sauce.
Step 1: Remove the core from the cabbage and discard it. Cut the cabbage into 8 chunks. Finely chop the cabbage in a food processor using the metal blade and pulsing the motor (this is a chopped, not sliced or slivered, slaw). Work in several batches so as not to overcrowd
the processor bowl.
Step 2: Place the cabbage in a large nonreactive bowl and stir in the Eastern North Carolina-Style Vinegar Sauce. Taste for seasoning, adding more vinegar sauce as necessary. Let stand for 10 minutes, then taste again, adding more vinegar sauce and/or salt as necessary. The coleslaw can be made up to 4 hours ahead. Store it in the refrigerator, covered.