Our Pilgrimage to PorkNovember 2, 2009 at 9:35 pm | Posted in Dinner, Travels | 8 Comments
This was by far the most fun adventure to get a morsel of food! As we were planning our drive down to SC, Ned remembered a barbeque place (Scotts BBQ to be exact..) that he had read about in the New York Times in the summer. So we looked up the location and voila! It was relatively close to being on our way, and this is me counting one hour driving slightly east away from I-95 South and probably an extra hour going through the Marion forest to get back to Charlestown! Well we picked up 2.5 pounds of this glorious meat and it was all devoured by midnight of that night.
It was served with a bunch of barbeque sauce and with several slices of white bread. If that’s not food porn, then I don’t know what is!
Here is the outside, I love that blue paint. If you think this place looks rustic on the outside, the inside has not changed in 30 years I would say. The inside looks like an old convenience store, with a bunch of chips and baked snacks and t-shirts for sale! Above the counter is a handwritten poster with about 7 options. We got the pulled pork and tried to ask for fried pork skins, but they were out! I don’t know if it was because we got there at 2:30 pm or because it was a Thursday (the first day open of their three day a week schedule), but I reckon that those delicious fresh fried skin bites were snatched up when the place opened!
The ladies behind the counter were sooooo nice. For some strange reason (hunger, perhaps??) Ned figured he could eat 1.5 lbs and I reasoned I could eat 1 lb. So we told the ladies we wanted 2.5 lbs. They put one pound portion into one container and the remaining 1.5 in another. When she handed it to me, she said the lighter box was for now and the rest for later! Boy were they smarter than us! Cause that is all we could eat. But lucky for our bungalow mates awaiting us in Kiawah, we were able to split up the rest of that meat with some more white bread and some potato salad for a nice first night on vacation feast!
Here is the one pounder- the ladies drizzled a big ladle of barbecue sauce atop the meat. Their barbeque sauce is very interesting in that there is a bunch of dried spices collected at the bottom of the vinegar concoction. If you want your sauce alot spicier, they will drag the ladle into those spices and voila! Hot sauce! You can see some of the flecks of spices on the meat…
And here was my drink of choice. Ned went with water, but how could I deny trying strawberry soda?? It was quite tasty. I would have liked some sweet tea also…maybe I didn’t see it listed!
And the best part about eating our pork on site?? Being able to smell the coals from the smoker hut while we ate! I don’t know why it works like that, but being able to waft in that amazing smoke made our pork taste even better.
I really hope Ned finds a job in NC or SC (pipe dream I realize…) so that we can frequent this place as much as humanly possible! But I’m thinking since Ned’s parents have a place in Savannah, GA and will probably retire there at some point soon, we will have a reason to swing by Hemingway, SC!