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Slingin’ Hash: SC BBQ News for the Week

South Carolina BBQ News for Week Ending 10/22/16

Jim ‘N Nick’s opened in Indian Land this week. They will open another location in Mount Pleasant in the near future.

Another SCBBQ opening this week. Gaither Ray’s Taste of the Old South in Woodruff, which has really sort of been open for a couple of weeks selling take out and awaiting final approval to open the restaurant. The doors are now open with the Grand Opening celebration scheduled for October 28.

Georgia is learning what real BBQ is. South Carolina style BBQ is being sold by SC-born and raised pitmaster Bryan Furman at B’s Cracklin BBQ in Atlanta. Hash, mustard sauce, whole hog….what’s a Georgia boy to think? “What have I been missing?”

Carolina BBQ and More in Spartanburg is holding its own presidential election.

We lost a SCBA’s 100-mile BBQ restaurant a while back, but they are looking to make a comeback. Cock Pit Barbeque in Columbia is seeking your suggestion for their new location.

SCBBQ Festivals and Competitions

The Trojan Cook-Off (SCBA) is being held today at Anderson University, in Anderson, of course.

Coming up to end the BBQ competition season in November:

Pig on the Ridge (SCBA) —  Nov. 5-6 in Ridgeway.

Speed and Feed BBQ and Car Show (SCBA) — Nov. 11-12 at the Darlington Raceway in Darlington.

Smoke on the Harbor BBQ Throwdown (KCBS) — Nov. 11-12 at the Charleston Harbor Resort in Mount Pleasant.

Fort Dorchester High School BBQ Festival (SCBA) — Nov. 18-19 at Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston.

TOM GARRITY FIREFIGHTERS BBQ CHALLENGE (SBN) — Nov. 18-19 at the Fairgrounds in Sumter.

From the Archives

As you may know, this site began in the summer of 2o12 when Heather, my wife, suggested we go on a Summer BBQ Tour.

We did that. We wrote about the places we visited. Summer ended. Life continue, but the writing/reviews didn’t. We wrote our last review of that summer about Jackie Hite’s in Leesville (now closed) in August 2o12.

We didn’t write another post until March 2014, about a year and a half later. It’s not like we stopped eating SCBBQ, but the Summer BBQ Tour was over and the incentive really wasn’t there to continue.

Somewhere along the way, I started listening to podcasts about online businesses. I wanted to learn ways to earn “passive income” from an online presence. I had this site already, so I thought I would use it as laboratory for learning some of the things they were teaching on the podcasts.

Now, I have never actually sold anything on this website. Making money here was never a real focus, but learning how to do things was. And that is the truth behind why this website went from a simple family blog about a dozen BBQ places we enjoyed one summer to what it is today.

In 2015, we had over 26,000 visitors to the site. Already in 2016, we have surpassed 25,000 with 2 full months to go.

The first brick of the foundation of what we have been building since that final post in August 2012 was laid when we posted this update in March 2014 reviewing places we had dined in the interim.