Why This Recipe Works
- Smoked turkey works as a leaner and smokier stand-in for pulled pork while preserving the sandwich's flavors.
- Our coleslaw delivers cool crunch without watering down the sandwich.
Carolina-style barbecue means pork, but smoked turkey is a winning stand-in when dressed in a punchy vinegar- and chile-based sauce. Sandwiched in a chewy-sweet potato roll with a creamy layer of coleslaw, it makes a well-balanced and simple substitute for the Southern classic. (If you're looking for more ways to jazz up that smoked turkey, use it in place of bacon in a collard greens braise or toss it in a pot of red beans and rice.)
This Carolina-style barbecue sauce recipe comes from Serious Eats: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Eating Delicious Food Wherever You Are.
Smoked Turkey Barbecue Sandwiches Recipe
A hot, zingy Carolina-style sauce complements the turkey and crunchy coleslaw.
1 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons hot sauce (such as Frank’s)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 pound smoked turkey, pulled or chopped
8 steamed or toasted potato rolls
In a mixing bowl, whisk together cider vinegar, sugar, red pepper flakes, hot sauce, and salt until sugar and salt are dissolved. Set aside to rest for at least 20 minutes.
Heat turkey in a microwave or in a foil-covered skillet in the oven or toaster oven until warmed through. Transfer turkey to a bowl. Add sauce a few tablespoons at a time, tossing with your hands after each addition and tasting until desired level of acidity and heat is achieved.
Split open potato rolls, add a small handful of turkey, then a small handful of cole slaw. Serve immediately.
The Carolina-style barbecue sauce recipe makes more than you need; leftover sauce can be kept in the refrigerator for months.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 10g||13%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||8%|
|Total Carbohydrate 46g||17%|
|Dietary Fiber 4g||14%|
|Total Sugars 17g|
|Vitamin C 17mg||85%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|