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Marinated Under A Full Moon-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die-Marinated Coleslaw at Full Moon Bar-B-Que

Coleslaw #36 or 66 on Meg’s 100 Dishes Countdown.

Before visiting Full Moon Bar-B-Que, I was already thinking of how to rate this coleslaw. I like coleslaw but I wondered-would coleslaw rock my world, like ever? Would I send someone from another part of the country and say you must try this coleslaw before you die?


That said, I liked Full Moon Bar-B-Que’s marinated coleslaw. Since the recipe was on-line, I was able to dissect the ingredients. This recipe sets itself apart from the average coleslaw.. There are fresh ingredients such as; real celery vs. celery seed, onions, green peppers and a hint of pimento, this recipe is very tasty. I love that this side dish is healthier than a mayonnaise based recipe.


I understand that many who try this recipe have requested to duplicate it. It is not the mayonnaise-based coleslaw recipe that is found in most fast food type restaurant chains. Here is the breakdown on my rating.


MEGastars *** as coleslaw goes, this was a pretty tasty side dish with some ingredients that were not the ho-hum.

  • This dish is certainly deserving of a 4th By using this recipe, Full Moon folks takes extra steps to set itself apart from Mc-coleslaw. This dish meets the criteria set forth by Alabama Tourism with local foods, a local recipe served with Alabama Pride.


As a side note, I really like visiting Full Moon Bar-B-Que and this overall impression added to my positive experience. I visited this establishment with my sister before I moved to Alabama (and began playing “The 100”) My sister is a fan of Full Moon. I can understand her love. Myself?   I love their logo. I love that they have food trucks. I love their cleverness. I love their menu that includes healthy choices. I love the interiors of the restaurant decorated with sports theme and flat screens on the walls. And it’s not just me, this restaurant was voted in the Top Ten BBQ Restaurants In The U.S. by Huffington Post 2013 So I would send someone to full Moon Bar-B-Que for a full meal experience.

And this didn’t hurt my respect either. The life of a Packer fan in Alabama.



  1. The coleslaw was one of two dishes to make “The 100 Dishes” list. Try the other dish; the Half Moon cookies which are made fresh daily. See prior blog.
  2. Check out their chow-chow. This is an amped up condiment that is a relish with some zip. This recipe is To give you an idea, Chow chow is usually made with ingredients of; cabbage, mustard, turmeric, onions, green tomatoes, red and green peppers, salt, sugar, celery seed, vinegar,water and sometimes jalapenos. It is served on their BBQ sandwiches and plates. It is unique, organic and gluten free and is loved so much, it is being sold in their restaurants and Birmingham area supermarkets.   More exciting than sauerkraut. Love it or hate it?
  3. Take home their famous dishes. On their website it is called Full Moon Swag. These items would make great gifts. There are also shirts that say “Best Butts In Town.” this place is cool.
  4. Located in 11 Alabama cities, check their website for hours and locations.

This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post. If you are new to my 100 Dishes in Alabama escapade, this may be helpful.  *100 Dishes to eat in Alabama before you die is a compilation of food to chow down on Bama style. Thanks to Tourism Alabama, my Alabama bucket list just became a little easier. I am going to have some fun while making my way like Ms. Pacman, in yet another state that I call home.   You too may pick up the brochure at Alabama Tourism stops or download the alphabetical brochure that begins in Abbeville and ends in York. From the little old diner to the white cloth joint, it is an opportunity to explore and experience pride in the food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food with some Alabama style. From the local BBQ cook to James Beard recipients, you too will take a culinary trip across scenic and historical Alabama. From this list, I select visits based on convenience of location and they are in no particular order. I already have a few favorites and perhaps when I finish this list, I will rank my favorite dishes.

I use a 5 MEGastar system. I am not a food critic, just Meg, a curious traveler, with an interest in trying different foods and sharing my two cents on my experience. I try to follow my star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes on this list.

  • *meh food. Just wasn’t good. Maybe the food came from a can. The place was not one that I would want to send someone to show pride in Alabama.   This has happened to me a few times and it is a difficult write.
  • ** passable – the food was ok and above happened but the place or vice versa
  • *** good but not outstanding or unique
  • **** Very tasty dish AND meets one of the definitions set forth by Alabama Foods/Tourism, of local food and/OR highlights Alabama Pride.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. OR, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else

While growing up in the heavily populated German and Dutch area of Wisconsin, my sister and I had a ranking system for a unique to that region event called “Friday fish-fry.” (I’m not even going to get into this subject, there are entire blogs written on this subject. No joke.) Both of us worked at restaurants that held the beloved Friday fish-fry. Coleslaw, which originates from Holland and Germany, is a staple on our Friday fish-fry plates. The coleslaw had to rank highly to get our fish fry stars.   It could not be too tart or too mushy. I feel a bit less like “just Meg” and more like an expert on coleslaw.


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