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Unread 08-29-2007, 02:19 PM
 
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Default Carolina BBQ--native perspective?

I'm not a native of North or South Carolina (born and raised in Maryland, currently reside in Florida.)

However, I've come to be a huge, huge fan of the Carolina style BBQ sauce. I love the taste of the mustard/vinegar mix with a little bit of red pepper mixed in for spice.

For some reason, the "traditional" ketchup based BBQ sauce doesn't excite me...it just tastes like smoky ketchup to me.

Are there any Carolina BBQ afficiandos out here with any special tips and recipes? I'm curious for a native Carolinian perspective. Do any Carolinians swear by Carolina style BBQ exclusively? Is there a huge east/west BBQ split?
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Unread 08-30-2007, 05:25 AM
 
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Pete -

There have been plenty of threads about BBQ, so you may want to try a search. But, that mustard style you're talking about is good. My understanding is that it started when a German immigrants came to SC. People call it Carolina Gold or Carolina Mustard Sauce. I like it better with pork tenderloin or smoked chicken, personally.

The eastern part of the state uses vinegar and pepper mix, which is my favorite, but will dry out the BBQ easily if overused. I grew up right on the line, geographically, between mustard and vinegar. My opinion is that mustard is more versatile, but vinegar is better suited specifically to BBQ.

I believe the upstate uses something like that ketchup-based. North Carolina is the same way (east = vinegar, west = ketchup), only they don't use any mustard based sauces.
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Unread 08-30-2007, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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I'm not a native of North or South Carolina (born and raised in Maryland, currently reside in Florida.)

However, I've come to be a huge, huge fan of the Carolina style BBQ sauce. I love the taste of the mustard/vinegar mix with a little bit of red pepper mixed in for spice.

For some reason, the "traditional" ketchup based BBQ sauce doesn't excite me...it just tastes like smoky ketchup to me.

Are there any Carolina BBQ afficiandos out here with any special tips and recipes? I'm curious for a native Carolinian perspective. Do any Carolinians swear by Carolina style BBQ exclusively? Is there a huge east/west BBQ split?
that mustard based BBQ sauce was actually started in Charleston by Joe Bessinger in the 30's

FAQ

there may have been other variants but his beat all, and still does IMHO
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Unread 09-04-2007, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Spartanburg & Columbia
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I feel your pain The generic "BBQ Sauce" phenomenon in generic America is a shame, and has really made a mess of what real BBQ sauce is.

In this state you tend to have 4 compteting bases (styles)-

-vinegar base (more traditional) usually in the SC Lowcountry and SC/NC coastal areas.

-mustard base (SC only) Charleston up through the Midlands & Columbia. The Bessinger family can claim what it wants, but it was actually started in the 1730's by German immigrants.

-light tomato base - Upstate SC/Piedmont of NC

-heavy tomato (ketchup) base- Upstate SC/Mountains NC & nationally

Here is a map from the SC Atlas, that shows the general geographic distribution of BBQ base preferences within the state. Id say its pretty accurate. But its a tricky thing to take in. I was brought up in Spartanburg County, and I grew up with a mustard base that my family made, even though restaurants tended to not serve it.

http://www.sc.edu/usctimes/articles/2005-02/images/barbeque_map.jpg (broken link)

Here is a map that is more generalized, but gives you the regional feel:


You can see what I'm talking about by the differences in these two maps. Its hard to pin one style down to one exact line.

You can find any style in any place due to the "chain restaurant" effect nowadays, but the first map is relatively accurate within SC for the REAL bbq places. Here is a link to the history of BBQ in SC (http://www.scbarbeque.com/History.html - broken link).
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Unread 09-07-2007, 12:33 PM
 
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Thanks for the links and the BBQ history.

No offense to Texas and Kansas City, but I do find South Carolina Barbeque to be the best there is.
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Unread 05-09-2008, 05:24 PM
 
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Default Try Charlotte's "Penguin" for BBQ and Onion Rings

in the trendy Noda district it's the best BBQ and O'rings ever. Very small and cozy atmosphere, weekends, there will be a wait. Come back and rave about it after you visit.
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Unread 05-09-2008, 08:58 PM
 
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Default Carolina BBQ (Vinegar Base)

You need to try Scotts BBQ in Hemingway, SC. He still cooks with wood and has catered for the State House in Columbia. He has take out service only (Thursday thru Saturday).
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Unread 05-10-2008, 10:45 PM
 
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I believe NC has 3 BBQ sauces but SC has all 4. Am I correct?
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Unread 05-12-2008, 08:31 AM
 
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I believe NC has 3 BBQ sauces but SC has all 4. Am I correct?
Judging from the maps, I'd say NC doesn't have any Mustard based sauce, so I'd say you are correct.

I guess I grew up in the Mustard region, but I'm a fan of all of them really. It depends on who's making the sauce, but I can find a version of each that I like.

Alot of restaurants will give you the option by having multiple bottles on the table and letting you choose.
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Unread 05-12-2008, 11:44 AM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Mustard-based for me all day, any day, every day (with a side of hash and rice). I'm not a big fan of the vinegar-based style at all. I suppose it's probably an acquired taste.
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