I saved an issue of Saveur that was dedicated to American BBQ and featured several legendary BBQ spots. One of these joints was in Hemingway, South Carolina. It would be a little out of our way, but according to the review, it would be well worth it.
"To my mind, though, no pitmaster has better translated his craft for 21st-century audiences than Rodney Scott, of Scott's Bar-B-Que in rural Hemingway, South Carolina." John T Edge, Saveur
I've read things like that and been disappointed, mildly satisfied and then less often felt that the praise and accolades were due.
I was excited and nervous as we pulled up to this BBQ mecca which only served food 3 days of the week, the rest of the time it's a convenience store, with a lot of character but not much stock. There was only one table and a hand full of mismatched chairs. As we would see, everyone but us were locals and were getting their food to take away.
The pulled pork had a vinegar based sauce which is what's considered North Carolina style and it was amazing. By far the best BBQ I've ever had and by now I've had a bunch. It was just the right amount of spicy and moist but not drowned in sauce. It was the perfect balance of spices and cooked to perfection. According to the article, they start cooking a whole hog the night before and turn the thing at around 4:30 in the morning. Whatever they did, it was done right. My hair was standing on end from the tingly sweet burn that was setting my taste buds on fire but some how not to the point where I wasn't thoroughly enjoying every bite. I polished of my 1/2 pound of hog and started in on what Skye had left. I was tempted to get more but knew I would regret it later. I left satiated and more than satisfied.