I spend more time than I should on the tigerillustrated.com message board, where I occasionally have an opportunity to discuss SCBBQ.
A poster who goes by the handle Tigerridge shared his family’s hash recipe with the board, and I asked permission to publish it here. He was gracious enough to allow us to do so.
“I’m not entirely sure the origin of the recipe,” he said, ‘but it’s been at the Aull family Thanksgiving BBQ in Pomaria for at least 60 years. My aunt gave me the recipe.”
BBQ, as you know, associates itself well with many holidays. The 4th of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day all jump to mind….but Thanksgiving, not so much.
“Thanksgiving BBQ?” I asked.
“My family has been attending Thanksgiving reunions since the thirties. It was always held at a home/farm in Pomaria, SC,” Tigerridge explained.
“The initial events were only a Thursday Thanksgiving dinner, but the family was dominated by seven brothers and a cousin who loved to hunt. They would all spend the night, and get up early Friday morning after Thanksgiving and hunt rabbits, squirrels, dove, and whatever else they came across,” he said.
“They would come back from the woods with their catch, and throw it on a huge BBQ pit loaded with oak and pecan wood that they would light before setting out to hunt.
“Hence, the Friday BBQ was started… ”
“Hmm….interesting,” I thought, but what about the hash?
“The traditional Friday foods were smoked rabbit and chicken, and later, pork butts and hot dogs,” he continued. “The cousin (my uncle) also raised and butchered two hogs a year, and one of the by-products of that was the hash.”
“Potato chips also dominated the Friday festivities. The women would wash and slice the potatoes, and the men would fill a large cast iron kettle with lard, build a fire underneath, and fry the potato chips… They rarely made into the house for the dinner, lol…”
Man, that’s a great Thanksgiving feast if I’ve ever heard of one….and a great family tradition.
And while it is a traditional meal, that doesn’t mean it must always be cooked exactly as written.
When sharing the hash recipe “I always add the disclaimer that the ingredients can be adjusted slightly for tang and/or consistency.”
Here, ladies and gentlemen, is the Aull family hash recipe as enjoyed in Pomaria for generations:
Aull Family Thanksgiving Hash Recipe
- 2 Boston Butts appx 9-10 lbs
- 1 Tbs Kosher Salt
- 2 Sticks Butter 1/2 lb
- 1 Tbs Black Pepper
- ½ cup Worstechire Sauce
- 2 Tbs Malt Vinegar
- 1 16 oz container Yellow Mustard
- 2 cups water
- Cook the pork until the meat falls off the bone. This can be done by smoking at 225 for 10 hours, in the oven at 225 for 8-10 hours, or in a large crock pot on low for 8-10 hours.
- Allow the pork to cool for an hour, then remove the bone(s) and shred the meat very finely, removing any fat or gristle.
- Place the shredded pork in a large sauce pot, add remaining ingredients and heat on stove at a medium temperature for about 45 minutes, constantly stirring.
- The hash should have the consistency of a thick gravy. Add a little more water if needed.
- Remove from stove and serve over white rice.
- It can also be frozen in quart size freezer bags for up to 6 months.