“This recipe for a true SC vinegar-based BBQ sauce is one that my great-grandfather Robbie Moore used dating back to the early 1900s in lower Florence County,” writes Dusty Moore, a reader who submitted the Moore Family’s “Little Fisher” Hog Sauce Recipe for publication.
“My uncle believes it to have originated from the sharecroppers who farmed the land shortly following the Civil War who used the land (called “Little Fisher”) that is located where Lynches River meets Hwy 378.
“While it is believed to be much older, the folks who would know are either no longer with us or can’t remember that far back. The land was actually a gift to his Grandfather who joined the war effort at 16 years of age in early 1861 and returned as a veteran at 19 in 1864.
The gift was from the Cameron family whose daughter my ancestor married upon his return and the land remains in our family to this day.
“The process was naturally much different back then as the heavy vinegar base was necessary as a deterrent to the meat spoiling in pre-refrigeration days. In those days, the hog was “hand-selected” on-site and slaughtered.
After the hog was put down, it was hung to bleed out, then briefly boiled to clean/remove the hair. The rest is simple enough; drain the blood and set the pit.
“Today, the sauce is not cooked for long, but back then the sauce was started at the same time the hog was placed on the pit and cooked slowly for the entire time which was roughly 12 hours depending on the size.
It was done in a fairly large cast iron pot that sat in the corner of the pit and was stirred from time to time.
“Nothing overall special about it other than we’ve been using the recipe for over 100 years now, and it seems to be well-liked among friends, family, and the folks at the church.
“My dad was never big on contests, as most of those are geared to mustard and tomato-based recipes, and in our little corner of the world, putting mustard or “ketchup” on a hog is still considered to be blasphemous.
“We cook about 5 or 6 of them a year now; however, before my Dad passed, he was likely up to 10-12 as he would do them for events around Christmas time to basically cover the cost of ours.”
Here is Dustin’s family’s recipe for “Little Fisher” Hog Sauce, an authentic recipe for the vinegar-based barbecue sauce that South Carolina is known for, shared with you to make at home in memory of his father and forefathers:
Moore Family’s “Little Fisher” Hog Sauce
An authentic civil-war era SC BBQ vinegar-based barbecue sauce recipe which the Moore family has been making for generations.
- 1 3/4 cups salt
- 3/4 cup black pepper
- 1 cup cayenne pepper
- 1 3/4 cups crushed red pepper
- 1 gallon 4% vinegar
- Bring vinegar to a hard boil (should only take a few minutes).
- Cut off and add all ingredients.
- Stir well.
- Cover with lid and let sit until ready to put on the hog.
Most vinegar is 5% acidity. If using 5% vinegar, then adding about a quarter cup of water to the vinegar will reduce the acidity to 4%.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 128 Serving Size: 1 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 6Total Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 1549mgCarbohydrates: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g
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- Dukes BBQ-Style Sauce Recipe
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- John Padgett’s Kansas City BBQ Sauce Recipe
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Monday 16th of April 2018
Liam, I apologize for the delay on this response. Apparently, I had my comment notifications turned off or something. Catching up on several comments I missed along the way. To answer your question: generally speaking "ground red pepper" refers to cayenne in recipes. I confirmed this via a Google search just to back up my own personal thoughts. I used cayenne myself when making this recipe, but if Dustin meant something else (say Paprika?) I don't know...but that's a lot of "ground red pepper" if you ask me.
Tuesday 12th of September 2017
Is the " ground red pepper" in this recipe cayenne or just ground red pepper corns?
Tuesday 19th of May 2020
SMH... I meant to say cayenne. Apolgies as I was multi tasking very poorly.
Tuesday 19th of May 2020
Liam... Apologies but I have not checked out the link to this recipe in some time. By ground red pepper I am referring to crushed red pepper flakes.