Episode 104: Ribs Rock the Smoker

Smoked Slaw


Smoked Slaw

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Serves 4 to 6
  • Method: Cold or hot smoking
  • Equipment: Smoking Gun by Polyscience


  • 1 small or 1/2 large green cabbage, cored and quartered
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 1 large red delicious apple, cored and quartered
  • 2 carrots, trimmed, scrubbed
  • 2 stalks celery, trimmed

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Shred the cabbage, onion, apple, carrots, and celery on a mandolin, in a food processor fitted with a shredding disk, or with a chef’s knife. Spread out the vegetables in a thin layer in a roasting pan. Tightly cover the pan with plastic wrap, leaving 1 corner open.

Step 2: Light your handheld smoking device following the manufacturer’s instructions. Place the smoking tube under the plastic wrap and fill the pan with smoke. Let stand for 4 minutes. Add the smoke one more time.

Step 3: Meanwhile, prepare the dressing. Combine the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, horseradish, celery salt, and pepper in a large bowl and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.

Step 4: Stir the smoked vegetables into the dressing. Correct the seasoning, adding salt or vinegar as desired. Refrigerate the slaw until serving and try to serve within a couple hours of mixing.

Recipe Tips

Note: You can also smoke the vegetables in a conventional smoker—keep them over ice. Hot smoke for 10 to 20 minutes or cold smoke for 45 minutes.

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