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Going Whole Hog Cookbook: Now Available

Multiple Editions Offered on New Sales Page

WE expect to order a Limited Supply to Sell

Want a hardcover or digital version of our expanded and updated SC BBQ cookbook?

First edition. 300 pages. Premium color.

*see FAQs below

Recipes, traditions, & history

While it’s true this authentic collection comes from some of SC’s most renowned pitmasters, many are family recipes — some generations old — from SC’s best backyard and competition cooks. Sauces and rubs, meats, hash, sides, and desserts: each enjoys a dedicated chapter. Beyond the recipes, you’ll enjoy the histories and special features spotlighting the people who have made South Carolina barbecue what it is today.

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Cookbook FAQs: What You Need to Know

Will there be a digital version?

Yes, a PDF version is available. Two options exist, actually. A standard edition and a “permanent edition.” They are both exactly the same, but the permanent edition entitles you to all future updates and improvements.

By the way, if you purchased the Permanent Edition version of the original ebook, your advanced digital copy of Going Whole Hog was sent to you on Fri, September 22. Note: if you ever unsubscribed from the email list, I am not legally able to send you those emails. Please contact me directly from the email address associated with your purchase.

Will the cookbook be available in bookstores or other retail outlets in the future?

It’s possible, but no real plans are in place at this time. Since this book is completely self-published, I don’t have a big company behind me to get them widely into local bookstores.

I have had a restaurant owner and two small shop owners ask if they could carry the books in their places, so that’s a possibility I’m looking into as I write this.

Also, I am offering an American-printed option on Amazon, as requested. The prices are very high (about $65) because it is printed in the US, via print-on-demand and Amazon takes a 60% royalty fee. Frankly, I don’t recommend buying on Amazon unless the American-made option is important to you…or if I run out of extras. Here is an email I wrote to our subscribers detailing the differences between the Amazon version and the version printed overseas.

I live outside the United States. Will there be options for international ordering in the future?

Because I don’t really understand how best to set up international shipping, we’ll have to do a private sale. That means, you will go to our Etsy shop and message me on their platform. Inside the message, I can set up that private sale.

Will there be any events, book signings, or promotions where I might get a copy in the future?

Nope. Truth is, despite 28 years as a high school teacher and a somewhat public presence online, I’m quite the introvert, and that just sounds painful to me. However, as I am most comfortable communicating with written words, I am more than happy to sign a book for you before I mail it to you. 😀

Take a Look Inside

What Folks Have Said

Here’s some of the feedback I received on the original edition. The new version is much expanded and much improved.

Well Published

If you love bar b que (especially South Carolina style), this book’s for you! The photography and layout are what I like most. If you don’t like it, put it up for sale it’ll get snapped right up….but…you won’t be doing that….put it on your coffee table for your friends to admire. The author knows his bar b que….and he’s been fair to all places he’s eaten in.

ronnie hydrick

Quality Throughout!

Great read on origins of South Carolina BBQ. Enough recipes to satisfy the mustard or vinegar pit master. What I like the most is all the history. Buy at least 2 or 3. You will be giving them as gifts. When they run out of books, I’ll remind you I told you so.

Archie Felder


Seeing the various recipes from different regions of SC is what I liked most about the cookbook. Looking forward to trying them out. It’s a small investment to pay to learn about various BBQ within our state, or a great way to try SC BBQ without having to actually go there. So much information on places within our state. Your book takes us on a journey without leaving the house. Continue to take us on the various BBQ destination within our state. Need more Upstate BBQ, I miss that great flavor especially the hash.

Helen Mack

Finally, THE book on SCBBQ!

I’m a Cayce/Columbia native who grew up with my grandfather’s BBQ pulled pork from the time I was born. We were serious – Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, birthdays – always a smoked shoulder, family secret BBQ beans, cole slaw, hash and rice, and my grandfather’s incredibly complex BBQ sauce. He did it mostly on an old aluminum weber and used hickory nuts my brother and I gathered in the yard for smoke. It was the best thing ever. If we were in a crunch or didn’t have time to smoke, we’d go to Maurices Piggy Park in Cayce. This book captures all I know and love about SC BBQ. It’s full of great, authentic recipes, beautiful photos, and a fulsome discussion of the different SC regional styles. Highly recommended. Remember – in the South, BBQ is a noun not a verb! Thank you! It’s a book we needed and have been waiting for. It’s the bible of SCBBQ.

Darrin McCullough


I enjoyed the recipes, especially the hash recipes. It is so interesting to see how much our South Carolina taste vary from region to region. Everyone who has picked up the book has been impressed. I guess it will become our primary coffee table book the quite a while. I appreciate all the work it took to put the book together and publish it. You need this book! Get it before they are all gone.


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Mark Britt

Tuesday 2nd of January 2024

Hi Jim! First, what a fabulous resource you have created here on this site! Thanks! Second, I look forward to buying a digital copy of the book when you get it ready to go. I am teaching a 3-week class (BBQ: It's a noun not a verb!) this May at Furman and am hoping to share with my students much of the info you have in the book. Please let me know when we can purchase the book! Thank you! Mark

James Roller

Wednesday 3rd of January 2024

@Mark Britt, I'm flattered. As a retired teacher, myself, I am happy to provide you a copy. I have emailed you with details. Thanks! Jim

James R Snell

Wednesday 11th of October 2023

Jim, I am both glad and sad, glad that you have had a super number of folks to order and sad that we were gone and I missed the chance. When you place another order, I would like to be included Thank you. Jim

James Roller

Wednesday 11th of October 2023

@James R Snell, Thank you an no worries. I have ordered extra books and will offer them for sale once we get these orders processed. Plus, eventually, I expect to have both a digital edition (will be sold on this website) and a (very expensive) American-printed option available as print-on-demand from Amazon. It's pricey for 2 reasons: 1) printing in the US is more than twice the cost of printing overseas 2) Amazon adds in a 60% royalty fee It will probably be in the $70 range, but people have (understandably) requested an American-made option and that's the best I can do.

Look for the digital, US-made, and extra books from the initial order to be available by early 2024.

Lucius (Mike) Gulledge

Friday 6th of October 2023

Jim, so happy for you. I know it’s been a labor of love but wow, what a labor! The digital version is great but I so look forward to having a hard copy to flip thru. It’s been well worth the wait.

James Roller

Friday 6th of October 2023

@Lucius (Mike) Gulledge, Thank you sir. I appreciate the kind words. Looking forward to getting the books shipped as quickly as I can after they arrive and hope you'll find it worth the wait, indeed. Fingers crossed all goes well from here. I'll do my best. Thanks again.


Thursday 5th of October 2023

Would like to order two and have them each signed but there is only one place to add details. Put both of the information there?

James Roller

Thursday 5th of October 2023

@Dale, Good question. Yes. It's just a blank text field. Just write whatever you need me to know in the box and all should be well. I'll shoot you an email, too, as I am not sure this notifies you when I reply.

Doug Hall

Sunday 1st of October 2023

Just made the pre-order! Excited to get it and hoping the process goes smoothly for you.

James Roller

Sunday 1st of October 2023

Thanks, Doug. Things have gone about as well as I could have hoped. Thanks for your support!