Barbecue and Rocket Science

Barbecue and rocket science both require extraordinary ability and years of hard work and dedication.  You might have thought that no one can do both.  Not so.  Knapp Hudson, our Senior Portland, Maine, Correspondent and a fellow Indian Springs grad, pointed me to an article in Gastro Obscura about an expert in both fields. Dr. Howard Conyers grew up near Paxville, South Carolina, population 158, which … Continue reading Barbecue and Rocket Science

Save the Date: May 17, 2020, for the Inaugural Buxton Hall Smokeshow

I have learned from the Barbecue Bros outstanding blog that Buxton Hall Barbecue is having its first annual Smokeshow, a barbecue festival that includes the food from various types of restaurants and, of course, beer and music, on May 17.  I’ve never been to Buxton Hall.  It’s way over in Asheville, and do you know how many barbecue places are between me and Asheville?  A … Continue reading Save the Date: May 17, 2020, for the Inaugural Buxton Hall Smokeshow

Where to Eat on I-95 from Washington to Florida: Updated

Many Americans are driving to Florida this winter.  For those of us on the East Coast, that means a lot of time on I-95, a lot of stops for refreshment, and probably an overnight.  You’re pretty much on your own for food recommendations if you’re coming from north of Washington, aside from Forno’s of Spain in Newark.  I really would love to have your suggestions — send … Continue reading Where to Eat on I-95 from Washington to Florida: Updated

Great Barbecue in Lexington

Every now and then I look up from my plate and try to take a broader view of barbecue and other great issues.  As you’ll recall, not all that long ago, Nancy and I headed to Charlotte, North Carolina, for a family wedding.  I, of course, left a day early because driving to Charlotte means going through Lexington, North Carolina.  The drive to Lexington gave … Continue reading Great Barbecue in Lexington

Special Guest Report: Shuler’s Bar-B-Que, Latta, South Carolina

I have a very good friend whom I have met exactly twice.  He’s Dan Kenney, best known to our readers as the co-Founder of the Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking held at Dan’s historic home in Lumberton, North Carolina, every April.  Dan graciously invited Nancy and me to the last two Beer Snob Pig Pickings.  As if founding a Beer Snob Pig Picking weren’t enough … Continue reading Special Guest Report: Shuler’s Bar-B-Que, Latta, South Carolina

Lewis Barbecue, Charleston, South Carolina

Lewis Barbecue is a Texas transplant, which means they cook beef and sausages rather than pigs.  I normally wouldn’t bother with a beef barbecue place in South Carolina.  There’s pork country and there’s beef country, and usually, the beef in pork country is even worse than the pork in beef country.  But Southern Living put Lewis Barbecue, plunked down though it is in pork-centric South … Continue reading Lewis Barbecue, Charleston, South Carolina

Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Charleston, South Carolina

After eating at Pop Pop’s, I headed to Charleston to see the new place that Rodney Scott has opened.  And there he is, Rodney Scott, the James Beard Foundation honoree. He’s a nice guy, very friendly, and also incredibly hard workings as per this Southern Foodways Alliance short film.  In 2018, Scott and Tootsie Tomanetz of Snow’s Barbecue in Lexington, Texas, became the first two … Continue reading Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Charleston, South Carolina

Pop Pop’s BBQ, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

UPDATE: I just noticed that on Pop Pop’s menu the dessert listing includes “Fresh Fried Pork Skins.”  Respect! ########## Continuing my post-Thanksgiving barbecue eating trip to South Carolina, I headed back to the Marriott Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach after lunch at Scott’s, where I was staying to burn up a few unused Vacation Club points.  I walked on the beach for a couple of … Continue reading Pop Pop’s BBQ, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Scott’s Bar-B-Que, Hemingway, South Carolina

Scott’s Bar-B-Que is the stuff of legend.  I first heard about it, oh, over 40 years ago, but never went because it really takes a special trip to get there.  The 426 residents of Hemingway live well off the road to anywhere else, and there was never much reason for anyone to go there except to go back home after they’d left.  That changed in … Continue reading Scott’s Bar-B-Que, Hemingway, South Carolina