Commissioner Hugh Weathers: 4th of July and BBQ

The 4th of July is this Thursday, which means celebrating those who serve our country and plenty of BBQ. Commissioner Weathers is here to tell us more about the rich BBQ flavors of South Carolina that are sure to be at cookouts this 4th of July.

  • South Carolina was recently voted one of the most patriotic states in the country based on our number of military enlistees, AmeriCorps Volunteers and participation in elections.pork
  • SC also has a higher percentage of veteran farmers than the national average.
  • There is no shortage of patriotism here in SC and one way that we South Carolinians like to celebrate the 4th is through our rich food heritage of BBQ.
  • There are four main styles of BBQ that are popular here in SC based on region:
    • Lowcountry style- a spicy vinegar/pepper sauce. Meat can be rough chopped or finely chopped. This is the simplest of the sauces but definitely still just as tasty as the others.
    • Midlands Style- a distinctive mustard sauce. Meat is either pulled, chopped or sliced. This region of SC was predominately settled by Germans who introduced the use of mustard to the area.
    • Pee Dee Style- Rough or finely chopped BBQ with a light tomato sauce. This sauce is a little sweeter and is also very popular in North Carolina. It became popular alongside the introduction of ketchup in the 20th
    • Upstate Style- Pulled, chopped or sliced meat with a heavy tomato sauce. This sauce is popular all over the United States.
  • From us here at SCDA, we hope you have a great 4th of July and are able to celebrate independence, freedom and patriotism all while eating some good food.