Sunday, February 17, 2013

Bar.B.Q King Curb Service Charlotte, NC

We heard about this curb service place from a person while shopping for a gift for our grandson. The person told us that it was on Diners, Drive- Inns & Dives in 2007 and The Best Thing I Ever Ate in 2011. We drove about 70 miles out of our way Sunday to find out they were not opened. As a matter of fact, we noticed that most food places were closed. Well, Sunday in the bible belt is alive and practiced. Maybe this should be practiced more than regional for us all.

Maurice's Piggie Park BBQ W Columbia, SC

South Carolina's Original Gold. Still cooked like it was in 1939 for 24 hours over hickory coals with the family's secret heirloom sauce, mustard-based Southern Gold. We had a side dish un be known to us. The dish is called Carolina Hash over Rice. ( signature southern hash and fluffy white rice ) I asked what country hash is and the guy told me that it is wet chopped pork, gravy and potatoes. We are shipping several portions back to the shop for our staff to taste test. They do ship coast-to-coast with there Flying-pig-express.

Jo Jo picking up our order

Front counter

Deco inside

The original location

Dickey's Barbecue Pit

For more than seven decades, Roland Dickey,SR, has served up great Texas barbecue at Dickey's Barbecue around the country. Working alongside his father, Travis Dickey, and young Roland learned the tricks of the barbecue trade and cultivated his knack for storytelling. We tried there new barbecue honey ham, it was the perfect balance of sweet & smokiness. This gem is served on a bun with raw onion and dill pickles. I think this item will make it to our menu.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Maurice's BBQ Piggie Park Columbia SC

The sauce is the boss at this place. Had the classic signature dinner of chicken and ribs with hash over rice and beans. It was the boss. Funny thing, all 4 sauces they offered, were mustard base.

Carolina Outdoor Cooking Headquarters

Friday, February 15, 2013

Sticky Fingers Charleston, SC

Bringing the pork to the people, opening the first restaurant in 1992, they have established a reputation for providing award winning barbecue in the Southeast. Sticky Fingers have 3 stores in SC. We enjoyed pulled pork,brisket and sampled 5 different sauces. We could not decide which sauce we liked the most, they were all great. They tell me that they sell there sauces over 5,000 grocery stores and specialty shops across the country. I forgot to mention that we ordered a half rack that was fall-off-the-bone-delicious.

Perfectly Frank's Summerville, SC

Featured on Diner's Drive-ins, Dives, we stopped in for a couple of their famous dogs. The first was an Aretha Franklin. ( pulled pork, bbq sauce, slaw and crispy onions ) The second one was a Frank Cuda ( BAMA ) ( chili, cheese, bleu cheese slaw, bacon and crispy onions. The second one mentioned is the one Guy had. Sweet tea washed it all down.

Sweet tea Facts

Wadmalaw Island, In the heart of South Carolina's Lowcountry sits the Charleston Tea Plantation near Summerville SC. Summerville is the birthplace of Sweet Tea. There are several festival events each year to celebrate this gentle little leaf. The tea plant landed in Summerville in the late 1700's by way of the Ashley River.

Birthplace of Sweet Tea

Hominy Grill Charleston, SC

Nationally acclaimed and locally loved, this place is a Charleston institution serving classic southern specialties that taste just like Grandma use to make. Chef/owner Robert Stehling received the prestigious James Beard Best Chef Southeast award in 2008.

Famous for shrimp and gritt's

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ west Ashley SC

Taking his Culinary Institute of America degree, vast experience and creativity, Aaron Siegel, opened Fiery Ron,s Home Team BBQ in the fall of 2006 with the feel of an old Mississippi juke joint. When I attended the American Culinary Federation several years back, I too had a secret love for bbq. I can understand his madness. The best deal in the place is a full rack of St. Louis ribs with a pitcher of domestic beer for 19.00. Try the mac n cheese, it's the best.

Bowen's Island Restaurant downstairs.

2 regulars have been coming here since children when there parent's brought them.

A small tray of South Carolina Cluster Oysters

First time I sat down to oysters in clusters of as many 4 to 7 or 8 joined together.

These sauces can be bought on line

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lexington Barbecue Lexington NC

They only use pork shoulders at this place and are cooked about nine hours over hickory and oak coals. They salt the meat before cooking and do not baste. They say this the true Lexington Style Barbecue. I found that most bbq joints served chopped pork with vinegar pepper sauce and hush puppies for the most popular side.

Greensboro , NC

Stamey's Established in 1930.
Jo and I stopped here for lunch. We had a chopped pork barbecue sandwich and C heerwine ice cream float. Great bbq ! Great place ! By the way, served in the traditional North Carolina way.


I thought my 21 foot smoker was big, check this out !!!!

Blue Bird Diner and ice cream parlor

Pork chop sandwich and fresh squeezed lemonade were 2 of Andy Taylor's favorite items. Guess what I hade for lunch ?

Mount Airy North Carolina ( mayberry )

8 : 00 am Tuesday morning hair cut appointment at Floyds Barbershop.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Tera Alta west virginia

In 72 hours we will be in Charleston South Carolina cooking up ribs, pulled pork, and brisket with some of the best pit-masters in the Carolinas wearing tee shirts.