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Slingin’ Hash: SC BBQ News for Week Ending 10/15/16

South Carolina BBQ News

First, apologies for not publishing an issue last week. Living along the coast, Hurricane Matthew forced our time and attention be elsewhere, but all is well at home, so we’ll continue Slingin’ Hash with this week’s edition.

John Lewis of Lewis Barbecue in Charleston remains a media magnet. Among other things, this piece by gives a bit of Lewis family history, discusses the difficulty of cooking brisket properly and gets in to how and why Lewis came to build his own pits.


WLOS, an ABC affiliate in Western NC, aired this piece on Hurricane Matthew’s impact on Buxton Hall BBQ in Asheville, NC. What’s the SC connection you ask?  Buxton Hall gets its pork from a pasture-raised pig farm in Florence that was flooded by the the storm.


The War Mouth in Columbia adds a take out window to their popular Midlands restaurant.

And The War Mouth was also featured in Midlands Anchor for their great home-cooking.

While not BBQ per se, you will find Chicken Bog at many a SC restaurant, particularly those in the Pee Dee area where I grew up. While not as good as my own, Garden and Gun provides both recipe for and discussion of Chicken Bog in this recent publication. Do you put peas in your Chicken Bog?


Also, not necessarily BBQ related, but did you know the latest season of Top Chef will take place in Charleston?


Bubba’s BBQ and Bash in Spartanburg announces a new website design.

There’s lots of talk about Charleston BBQ lately, but we never expected this:


Finally, a reminder that time is running short. Learn to cook better BBQ in this 3-hour class by Bucky’s BBQ in Greenville. You will learn to cook ribs, brisket, pork and chicken as well as rubs and sauces.

Class is Oct. 24. Sign up today!

SCBBQ Festivals and Competitions

Going on this weekend are two festivals being judged by the SCBA.

The 9th annual Hook and Cook Festival (SCBA)  in the town of Jackson, in the Augusta area.

Hook and Cook Festival Logo

Hook and Cook Festival Logo

Saturday’s festivities will include a BBQ Cook off, fishing tournament, a car and boat show, classic tractors, arts and crafts, food vendors, kids’ inflatables, and much more!


The S.C. BBQ Association sanctioned Cook-off judging will be held on Saturday. Grand Champion prize of $1,000 will be paid to the top cooking team based upon total accumulative score.

BBQ pork and chicken dinners will be sold Saturday beginning at 11:00AM until sold out.


Chili, Brews and BBQ (SCBA)  is taking place in the heart of downtown Florence.

Come out for food, fun, brews and live music during the Chamber’s 3rd Annual Chili, Brews & BBQ Festival! 
The festival will take place on the evening of Friday, October 21st and during the day on Saturday, October 22nd in the heart of downtown Florence.
Friday’s events will feature a wing cook-off and live music, followed by live music, fun for the kids and a BBQ and Chili cook-off on Saturday!
The BBQ competition will be sanctioned by the SC Barbeque Association, VIP Magazine will be sponsoring this year’s Chili Cook-Off and there will be domestic and craft beer selections on both days.



Trojan Cook-Off (SCBA) — Oct. 28-29 being held at Anderson University, in Anderson, of course.

From the Archives

Food for the Southern Soul is Jimmy Hagood’s passion, and there is much more to it than the modest “Que-osk” he sells BBQ from in the Charleston Market, but the BBQ he sells at the Charleston Market is much more than we expected. Enjoy this review from August 2o15.

Food for the Southern Soul - Church St. Entrance

Food for the Southern Soul – Church St. Entrance