I’m a Certified Barbecue Judge and eat my share of BBQ throughout the year. When I’m told that I have to have BBQ at a certain place because “it’s the best BBQ I’ve ever had”, I’m slightly suspicious (thanks Chef Bryan for being the person in my ear telling me I had to go to Scott’s). On a recent business trip to Charleston, when I had barely no down time, I decided to make my way to Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ for a ‘snack’ before a business dinner.
Rodney Scott’s been around his family BBQ business since birth. He’s well-known as the king of whole hog in America. In July of 2016, Scott left the family business, a little roadside joint in Hemingway, SC., to open his own place and start his own legacy. Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ Charleston takes all the things that Rodney values about BBQ and his time in the family business and marries them with a larger space and an expanded menu that allows him incorporate his life experiences into the foods he loves to eat.
While other menu items looked tantalizing and I’ll return for them, I was here for pig. I’m a huge grits fan so I opted for the pork on grits with one side and cornbread for $14 – insane deal. The grits were cooked perfectly and had just the right amount of cheesiness to them. I chose coleslaw as my side and it was some of the best I’ve had.
Back on topic – the pig! Whole hog is smoked over oak coals with a little hickory and pecan hardwood. The hogs are initially cooked for 12 hours belly down then flipped on their backs, seasoned and mopped liberally with Rodney’s Sauce and cook a little longer to let the flavors permeate the meat. The outcome is the moistest hog meat I’ve had the pleasure of testing. The perfect porky flavors aren’t overpowered by the sauce – everything is magically balanced.
I’m bringing friends next time so I can sample the fried catfish and the spare ribs. Oh, and the ribeye sandwich and the BBQ chicken…basically the entire menu.
There’s indoor and outdoor seating and one places his/her order at the counter and staff delivers the food to the table.
Don’t miss a chance to taste what is perhaps the best BBQ pork in America – stop in at Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ when in Charleston.