I prefer a vinegar-based slaw.
2 cups apple cider vinegar
3 TBS ketchup
2 TBS packed brown sugar
4 tsp. kosher salt (makes a huge difference so use kosher)
1 TBS Tabasco or other hot sauce
1 – 2 tsp. hot red pepper flakes, more or less to taste
1 – 2 tsp. black pepper
Just mix everything. Chop up some cabbage, a bit of green pepper and onion. Mix some of the above mixture in the cabbage and put in fridge for about 1 - 2 hours.
The rest can be your sauce.
"We" don't toast the buns here but that does sound good!
Just the typical stuff is served with these - baked beans, potato salad, a lot of restaurants serve hushpuppies with them.
I keep it fairly simple and either serve potato salad or my Mom's Macaroni Salad
, baked beans, and some fruit of some kind. Even though people put the slaw on their sandwich they always get more to eat on the side. I think you will like the red slaw better than a mayo base.
Another thing served on the sandwiches is hamburger pickle chips. I want a piece of one in EVERY bite!