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Carolina Slaw Dog Recipe

In this post I’m sharing a down home favorite. The Carolina Slaw Dog Recipe.

There is something truly comforting about foods that you’ve grown up with. I remember everyone meeting up at the famous local hot dog shop to order their hot dog just how they like it.

There are many ways to top a hot dog. It’s likely that the way you prefer yours depends on where you come from.

How do you prefer your hot dogs?

There are three ways that are my top favorites that include all the way (chili, mustard and onions), a slaw dog (those same toppings with the addition of coleslaw) and a chili bun (just a bun with chili and mayo).

In the South, we’ll top many things with a tangy coleslaw however and it’s not just limited to hot dogs. Slaw is great on a pulled pork barbecue sandwich and Carolina style cheeseburgers too.

South Carolina Hot Dog

S.C. Hot Dog with Slaw on red and white check paper in a basket

The coleslaw suited for topping a hot dog or sandwich is tangy and a bit intense in flavor. When combined with the spicy chili or a barbecue it mellows out into the perfect bite of deliciousness. 

Carolina Hot Dog Slaw

Dill Pickle Buttermilk Coleslaw Recipe in a white serving bowl

The coleslaw recipe in this post is a small batch with a bit of a flavor boosting twist that you’ll enjoy. It’s perfect for making ahead and chilling in the fridge to let all of those flavors mingle. 

Southern All the Way Hot Dog with chili sauce

The base for a slaw dog must begin with the “all the way” style hot dog topped with famous chili.

Julia’s Southern Style Hot Dog Chili Sauce

Vegetables for coleslaw in a mixing bowl

The coleslaw is easy to put together. It starts with hand grated cabbage, grated carrots, a bit of onion and some dill pickle salad cubes.

If you prefer sweet pickles then go ahead and use that instead. 

Coleslaw Dressing

Next is making a creamy buttermilk dressing for the coleslaw. A bit of buttermilk, a splash of vinegar and mayonnaise is combined with seasonings to perfectly flavor your slaw.

Do y’all see that little twist I’ve added to this dressing?

That’s right! A bit of Everything Bagel seasoning in this dressing adds a flavor boost that is so good y’all!

How to make delicious coleslaw for hot dogs

Add that creamy dressing to your coleslaw veggies and mix it all together. Be sure to give it a taste for seasoning and adjust to suit your taste if needed.

There is a pinch of sugar in this recipe which enhances the flavors in the dressing.

I know a lot of folks prefer a sweeter coleslaw. If you do then add a little more sugar til it suits you.

We prefer a tangy savory flavor so I just add a bit to enhance those flavors the way we like it.

Check out Julia’s Recipe for Crock Pot Hot Dog Chili, made with just a few simple ingredients.

Amazing coleslaw recipe in a serving bowl

While we’re on the subject of Southern style dogs, have y’all ever had a Southern Bird Dog Sandwich? It’s a local favorite, give it a try!

Carolina Slaw Dog Recipe

Basket with a Carolina style hot dog with slaw

Do y’all like a side with your hot dogs? By the way, no, you can’t eat just one hot dog. 

Two hot dogs are usually enough for me but if you like a side then chips, potato salad, fries or South Your Mouth Baked Beans are great options.

Yield: 8 Slaw Dogs

Carolina Slaw Dog Recipe

Best southern style hot dogs recipe topped with creamy coleslaw

Delicious Carolina style slaw dogs topped with a creamy tangy coleslaw.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


Hot Dogs

  • 8 Hot Dog Wieners (boiled or grilled)
  • 8 Hot Dog Buns
  • 1/2 Diced Yellow Onion (for toppings)
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Southern Hot Dog Chili Sauce (link in post for recipe)

Carolina Hot Dog Slaw Recipe

  • 2 c Hand Grated Green Cabbage
  • 1/2 c Freshly Grated Carrot
  • 1/2 c Finely Diced Onion
  • 1/4 c Dill Salad Cubes

Coleslaw Dressing

  • 1/2 c Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbs Buttermilk
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (white vinegar works too)
  • 1 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Everything Bagel Seasoning (optional)


  1. Add the grated cabbage, carrot, onion and pickle to a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, vinegar and seasonings together then pour over the cabbage mixture, stir to combine. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  3. To assemble slaw dogs; place a wiener in a hot dog bun and top with mustard, onion and chili sauce the top with coleslaw.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 451Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 713mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 14g

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Wednesday 3rd of July 2024

Looking forward to making your Carolina Slaw Dogs for the Fourth of July! One quick question... the slaw recipe calls for Dill Salad Cubes. Is that just dill pickles cubed? I was unsure with the word salad in there. Thank you!

Julia Jordan

Wednesday 3rd of July 2024

Yes, dill pickles cubed. For some reason they sell it in a jar in my area called dill salad cubes. Enjoy!

Donna Arnold

Monday 11th of May 2020

This looks so delcious! All your recipes do. I can't wait to try them! I don't see the link for the recipe for the chili in the post or in the recipe. Where can I find it? Thank you

Julia Jordan

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

Donna, Thank you so much! I appreciate that. The chili link is highlighted in the post as "Julia's Southern Hot Dog Chili Sauce" and I'm dropping the link here for you to make it convenient ;) I sure hope that you enjoy it. Click Here for Hot Dog Chili Sauce Recipe

Barbara Miller

Monday 4th of May 2020

TY for sharing your recipe Julia. I found the link on Meal Plan Monday. i really lovea good hotdog recipe and lookforward to making yours. I love the split top buns too.

Julia Jordan

Tuesday 5th of May 2020

Barbara, Thank you and I sure hope that you enjoy the hot dogs. ~Julia


Sunday 3rd of May 2020

It looks great but when I hit print It said 13 pages. So unless you fix it to print just the recipe I will have to pass. I sure would love to make your chilli dog sauce.


Friday 14th of June 2024

@Pat, You know you can use a paper and pencil to write this simple recipe out also....

Julia Jordan

Monday 4th of May 2020

Pat, Thank you. There is a print button in the recipe card within the post. If you use that one then you only print the 2 page recipe card.

Miz Helen

Tuesday 28th of April 2020

We would really enjoy your Carolina Slaw Dog, it looks great! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and please come back soon! Miz Helen

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