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I forgot to mention that Sweatman’s is open only on Fridays and Saturdays. The rest of the time they are growing the cabbage for the cole slaw and slaughtering the pigs for the barbeque. Hell, they may be growing the rice too. I don’t know.

Sweatman’s is an hour drive from Charleston and a two hour drive from Columbia.

You may talk about falling off the bone ribs, but this stuff is perfect.

Bruce and I also went to a place on John’s Island called the “Smoke Shack”. Picture a shack in the woods. You got it. It seats about 30 people and the food is buffet style. You have my favorite pole beans, cole slaw with a North Carolina pepper dressing, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken that is done perfectly, juicy, with pepper. You have pinto beans and you have barbeque, but it is dry. Which may explain the multiple sauces.

Dry barbeque does not sauces make.

You go there for the vegetables. And the chicken is nice.

When you walk out, you know you will go back.

You look at the trees. You look at the shack.

You check out the three BMWs in the parking lot.

Come on. This is South Carolina. This is good eating.


Written by Charles Keefer

June 13, 2009 at 10:24 pm

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  1. Mr. Keefer, Sir,

    I don’t want to denigrate Sweatman’s, because barbecue is such a personal thing. What you like depends a great deal on where you grew up.

    My personal favorite barbecue sandwich comes from Wib’s Drive In just outside my hometown of Cape Girardeau, MO.

    Wib’s and I were both born in 1947. We figure at least five generations of Steinhoffs have eaten there.


    June 17, 2009 at 6:23 pm

  2. You were at Sweatman’s and didn’t call to invite me? For shame!

    Never say Eutawville without “beautiful” in front of it. 🙂

    Doug Fisher

    June 21, 2009 at 1:07 pm

  3. My apologies to Doug and Ken. To Doug for not calling and inviting him. To Ken not calling and inviting him in order to teach him that there are only two and a half states that actually do barbeque and Missouri is not one of them.

    Charles Keefer

    June 22, 2009 at 7:06 pm

  4. Mr. Keefer, sir,

    I went out of my way to say that I wouldn’t denigrate Sweatman’s because BBQ is a personal thing.

    Then I said that my PERSONAL favorite was Wib’s. I didn’t say it was the best in the world.

    I didn’t even wet all over his home state.

    See where diplomacy gets you?

    Offer up an olive branch to the likes of Keefer and you get it stuck back up where BBQ comes out.

    Poo on you and the state you came from.


    June 22, 2009 at 7:24 pm

  5. An excellent response from Ken, missing the point as usual.

    For the record, I did not attack your personal choice. And I did not attack your state.

    I did not say Wib’s barbeque is bad.

    I did say that Missouri is lacking in that they don’t know barbeque. I said it was as lacking as 47 and a half other states. I mean, you fall in there with the states of Alaska, Iowa, New York, Illinois, and, yes, even Texas and Tennessee. You are in good company. What are you complaining about?

    South Carolina doesn’t much. It doesn’t have an arch. It doesn’t have Broadway. It has some corn, but not a whole lot of it. And it has not produced Presidents that never should have been as Texas is now becoming famous for.

    But artisan cooked pig it does well.

    I merely said I’m sorry you weren’t there to further your education.

    For this I get poo on my state?

    Just another example. No good wish goes unpunished.

    Charles Keefer

    June 22, 2009 at 8:16 pm

  6. Fifth paragraph should have said “South Carolina doesn’t have much.”

    Charles Keefer

    June 22, 2009 at 8:20 pm

  7. Mr. Keefer, Sir,

    South Carolina, wasn’t that the state that started a Civil War?

    A Civil War that it lost?


    June 22, 2009 at 8:25 pm

  8. Mr. Steinhoff, Sir.

    That South Carolina lost the Civil War is a typical misconception.

    A review of the literature shows that now, 149 years later, the South has almost completed its victory. Religion, that baffling tendency of humans to believe the world is run by magic, so prevalent in the South, has swept the country. No politician dares run for anything without bringing God into the contest – always on his side.

    As Bill Maher said this week, the political parties have moved far to the right. We now have a center-right party – the Democrats, versus a bunch of howling loons, flat-earthers, and Civil War reinactors – the Republicans. Barack Obama, Maher said, isn’t even a liberal. South Carolina, by the way, is Republican.

    Technically, South Carolina lost the war when that cowardly Virginian, Robert E. Lee, surrendered his sword. Ideologically, the South is winning.

    Charles Keefer

    June 25, 2009 at 12:54 pm

  9. Great post, Im subscribing to you blogadded to my Google readerjust stumbled this post have added this post to Digg,

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