Friday, April 3, 2009

BBQ from the South


Few things are more gluttonous, and thus more American, than eating a pound of meat or a rack of ribs. BBQ and cheap beer fueled our odyssey to find the American dream like the 87 octane unleaded gasoline that powered our 2003 Yukon XL. We plotted our stops to coincide with lunch specials at BBQ restaurants throughout the south, with the hope of finding the perfect plate of meat. Our quest for marinated meats led us to the ghetto of Knoxville and the backwoods of South Carolina. At each stop, I photographed my orders.

Hickory Smoked Barbque, Knoxville Tennessee where a pulled pork sandwich was a steep $2.75.

I prefer dry rub BBQ to messy wet rubs like this plate of BBQ.

Luella's BBQ, Ashville North Carolina. Some of the best ribs I have ever had.

10 minutes later.

JB's Smokeshack, John's Island South Carolina, located twenty minutes outside of Charleston. This place was unbelievable. Hands down the best BBQ we ate on the trip.





This is what buffet looked like. All you could eat for 8 dollars. Needless to say I went back twice.





Maryland Fried Chicken, Little River South Carolina.

I cant wait to have more.

The voyagers in a food-induced coma.

Here are some more links,
BBQ (Picasa),
JB's Smokeshack,
Luella's BBQ,

28 comments:

plaidout said...

Hatred, jealousy, and hunger pangs. I know what I'm having for lunch.

Foster Huntington said...

Max,
i wish i could have some ribss with you... enjoy.
Foster

james at 10engines said...

v jealous. damn you can practically taste it... killer shots.

Tucker said...

Whoever steered y'all to Johns Island did you a favor. JB's is legend. Love their fried catfish.

Foster Huntington said...

thanks james. are there any good bbq spots in boston?
Foster

Foster Huntington said...

Tucker
I hate to say it, but we read about it in a New York times article. It was amazing. I didnt try the fried catfish though. I just checked the website and on Fridays the lunch buffet includes cat fish.
Foster

chopsnyc said...

I hit JB's a few years ago after an epic surf session with a local buddy the last time I was in Charleston. He had told me several days earlier about this "not-so-secret, secret little bbq joint" he was going to take me to that was going to "blow my mind." It was blown indeed. I was in so much pain when we left.

Sometimes pain is bliss...and good bbq can get you pretty close to heaven.

componentsofenthusiasm said...

i miss that stuff.

james at 10engines said...

Memphis dry ribs at Redbones are my go-to. (In Somerville, a walk from our place... Only narragansett or SChlitz in the big can though...) Doing damage as below. http://tiny.cc/ze4Rb

Foster Huntington said...

yeah, i could barely walk when i was done. i recommend it to any one who visits the Charleston area. Chopsnyc, where were you shredding in SC?
Foster

Foster Huntington said...

James,
Damn,that looks good. i am definitely going to have to make a trip there next time i am in the area.
Foster

Death Bredon said...

Come try some (Owensboro) Kentucky-style BBQ someday. I think you'll like it!

Foster Huntington said...

Bredon,
I would love to any suggestions of places to check out?
Foster

indiansummervintage said...

Maryland Fried Chicken, I am utterly perplexed by...

Foster Huntington said...

yeah a bbq restaurant in south Carolina called Maryland fried chicken. it was a bit perplexing.
Foster

Memphis88 said...

Don't mean to offend anyone, but BBQ from anywhere BUT Memphis is bullshit. They don't call them Memphis dry ribs for nothing.

Foster Huntington said...

Memphis88,
your right. we were seriously thinking about making the trek to Memphis to eat bbq and then turn around. I would have been a great addition to the trip.
Foster

Nicholas said...

If you ever return to NC add Lexington #1 (Monk's) to the list in Lexington, of course. And a bit more to the east, either Parker's or Bill's in Wilson.

I'm on the other coast now and slow smoked bbq is the only food I miss.

plaidout said...

Memphis, harsh. In my defense, St. Louis-style is on virtually every reputable BBQ menu in the world. Eat it. No, really, eat it.

Foster Huntington said...

Nicholas,
Where on the west coast are you located? there is a great bbq place in portland called podnah's pit. the ny times gave it a nice write up.
Foster

theselvedgeyard said...

Blue Smoke in NYC. I got a tour behind the scenes too and saw their smokers, a marvel of engineering to meet code. Awesome grub.

greenjeans said...

First LL Bean, then Nascar, and now great bbq? I think we're all a little green with envy...

Stephanie said...

Okay so did you try the hole smoked pig anyone? Guess what I'm making for Easter? Ribs.....

Foster Huntington said...

JP,
I will have to give that place a try this summer. cant wait,
Foster

Foster Huntington said...

Greenjeans,
I am searching for America!
Foster

Nicholas said...

Seattle presently - thanks for the tip - I'll have to check out Podnah's the next weekend in Portland. Great photography in the blog btw.

Foster Huntington said...

Thanks Nicholas, its a great little spot. Have fun in portland,
Foster

Blake said...

If you ever make it back down this way, there are two other bar-b-q joints you need to add to your list.

1. Smokin' Stokes out of Greenville, South Carolina. Their sauce is made using Cheerwine and it is really good.

2. Melear's out of Fayetteville, GA (near Atlanta). The best brunswick stew there is. I think that brunswick stew is just a Georgia thing, because I haven't had it in any other states.

Also, I've never been to Luella's but I am going to have to make it there. Its just an hour away and I see their ads on tv all the time.