barbecue and baked beans on a white plate

Pig Pickin’ Party

Are you planning a Pig Pickin’ Party? Put Pulled Pork, Calico Baked Beans, and Southern Cole Slaw on your list!

I’ve gathered the triple play of picnic recipes in one place so you can find them quickly when Memorial Day, July the 4th, and Family Reunions roll around.

Let’s start with the KING of all things southern…Pulled Pork BBQ.

pulled pork bbq in a dutch oven

Pulled Pork BBQ

  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


We like Western North Carolina BBQ around here, and there’s nothing like slow-roasted pulled pork to get the party started!



  • 5 lb. Boston Butt pork roast
  • 1/2 cup BBQ spice rub
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. liquid smoke


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Using your hands, generously coat pork roast with your favorite BBQ spice rub. Work well into the skin.
  3. Place pork in a large dutch oven.  Add water and liquid smoke.
  4. Cover dutch oven with lid.
  5. Roast pork at 300 degrees for 8 hours, checking about 3 times through the roasting process to ensure there is still enough liquid to prevent scorching.
  6. Remove pork roast from oven and let rest for 30 minutes.  
  7. Transfer pork to a large serving dish and pull meat with two forks.
  8. Cover with aluminum foil until ready to serve with your favorite BBQ sauce.


BBQ rub can be found in the spice section of your grocery store.  Choose your favorite, or one with an extra kick!  

  • Category: Main Dishes
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: southern, barbecue, bbq, pulled pork, southernbbq

Next, you gotta have some Calico Baked Beans. These baked beans are kicked up a bit, and the best you’ll ever eat…hands down…no contest.

baked beans in a green dish

Calico Baked Beans

  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


Four kinds of beans in a sweet and spicy sauce will make this beloved dish the hit of your summer picnic!



  • 1 can (15 oz) baked beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz) white navy beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, undrained
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup zesty BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. stone ground mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. hot sauce (if you like it hot)
  • 1/2 tsp. steak seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in the biggest casserole dish or pan you’ve got.
  3. Bake for 1 hour until a light crust forms on the top.
  4. Let rest for 15 minutes before serving.


If you like meat in your baked beans, add 1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon or before cooking.

  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: baked beans, southern, side dishes, picnic

Last, but not least, is the QUEEN of all BBQ sides…Southern Cole Slaw. It’s creamy, dreamy, and just tangy enough to make your picnic one to remember.

cole slaw in a clear bowl

Southern Cole Slaw

  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 to 12 servings 1x


Here’s the recipe you’ve been waiting for!  Creamy southern coleslaw…in a sweet and tangy sauce…brings back memories of family reunions and the 4th of July!



  • 1 head green cabbage, shredded & chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 Tbsp. finely grated onion
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I use Duke’s)
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper


  1. Combine cabbage, carrots and onions in a large serving bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, celery seed, salt and pepper together until sugar dissolves.
  3. Pour dressing over cabbage & carrots and mix well.
  4. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.


Use more mayonnaise if you like it creamier.  You can also reduce or add more sugar, according to taste.

Add diced green peppers and pickled red onions if you want even more flavor!

Substitute a 16 oz. package of coleslaw mix for the cabbage and carrots if you like.

  • Category: Side Dishes
  • Method: Mix by hand
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: southern, coleslaw, cabbage

Looking for more sides for your Pig Pickin’ Party? Try these southern wonders…

What’s your favorite side to fix with BBQ? Leave a comment below!


  1. Set my place at the table!

  2. So timely with Memorial Day coming up. I see you are still using Duke’s Mayonnaise. There’s a coupon for it in Sunday’s paper.

    • Hahaha! Yes, I’m a Duke’s girl. Give me 2 pieces of bread, some Duke’s mayo, a ripe tomato…and life is good. 🙂

  3. I always make coleslaw with my pulled pork. My coleslaw recipe is a copy of KFC coleslaw.

  4. Michelle

    We made the Calico Baked Beans for Memorial Day……best baked beans I have ever eaten!!!!

  5. I can’t wait to make your pulled pork for Father’s Day. Thanks for including all of these recipes together. It’s going to be a great meal!

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