OK, fine—meat is the star of pretty much every barbecue. But what would Oprah be without Gayle? Where would Paris Hilton be sans Kim K.? And what good is a great hunk of pork without sides?
Don't scoff—a crunchy, fresh slaw really is the saving grace at a cookout. Deny as they might, everyone is going to need a respite from burgers, ribs, and whatever other animal parts and carby things they're shoving down their gullets.
That's not to say you need to serve up some holier-than-thou health food. This slaw has enough citrusy, vinegary kick to wake up your taste buds, but enough buttermilk and mayo to shut down the most merciless veg-haters.
This summer, we shall celebrate the unsung hero of the barbecue, the emancipator of meat sweats, the Ying Yang Twin to our (other) Ying Yang Twin.