Take our tasty quiz: What’s your S.C. ’cue IQ?

sardis@thestate.comAugust 6, 2013 

  • Want to learn more about SC barbecue? Check out these resources

    Discover South Carolina What is SC barbecue, with recipes. http://www.discoversouthcarolina.com/see-do/food/flavors/maincourses/barbecue/default.aspx

    Southern Foodways Alliance History and videos from pitmasters around the South. http://www.southernfoodways.org/oral-history/southern-bbq-trail

    Southern Barbecue Network Lists competitions and classes in South Carolina. sbbqn.com

    Learn how to barbecue

    Carolina Outdoor Cooking BBQ Class will cover the techniques and art of preparing Carolina pulled pork, Texas beef brisket, Memphis pork ribs and competition quality sauces and rubs, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Exhibition Kitchen at the State Farmers Market. $275 per person includes lunch and all day barbecue samplings. Register online at www.carolinaoutdoorcooking.com or call Garland Hughes (803) 360-4700 or email garland@carolinaoutdoorcooking.com

    BBQ Basics with Chef JT Handy is part of Saturdays @ The Center. Learn Southern barbecue techniques and side dishes during one of two sessions (10 a.m.-2 p.m. or 3-7 p.m.) Aug. 24 at The Center for Advanced Technical Studies, 916 Mount Vernon Church Road, Chapin. $50 per person, register by calling Michelle at (803) 476-8605

The South Carolina Legislature has approved money to the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department in order to promote a South Carolina barbecue trail made up of family-owned barbecue restaurants.

Now is the perfect time to test your knowledge of South Carolina barbecue. See how many questions you can answer correctly.

1. In South Carolina, barbecue means:

a. beef

b. burgers

c. pork

d. fish

2. How many types of sauce are popular within South Carolina? (BONUS: Name them)

a. 2

b. 3

c. 4

d. 5

3. Traditionally, a barbecue sandwich is served on this type of bread:

a. whole wheat

b. white, sliced

c. hamburger bun

d. sourdough

4. Acceptable toppings for a barbecue sandwich include:

a. slaw

b. pickles

c. onion rings

d. cheese

5. “Low and Slow” refers to:

a. my neighbor’s tricked-out ride

b. lyrics to a Beastie Boys song

c. a method of cooking meat over indirect heat for hours

d. all of the above

6. Traditional barbecue dinners include:

a. potato salad, slaw, hash and rice, hush puppies, banana pudding

b. slaw, hash and rice, bread and butter pickles, strawberry shortcake

c. hash and rice

d. any combination above

7. What is hash?

a. I don’t know, but I love it

b. I don’t know, but I hate it

c. I don’t want to know

d. I want to know (see below)

8. For serious BBQ enthusiasts...on a big piece of meat, what is a smoke ring and what is bark?

a. smoke ring is the signal that my grill is going up in flames and the dog is barking

b. smoke ring is the pink discoloration just under the surface crust, or bark, that is caused by the chemical reaction of the meat with wood smoke. A good smoke ring is about 1/3-inch thick

c. smoke ring is a trick pipe smokers can attempt, bark is on a tree

9. What’s the difference between pork rinds and pork skins?

a. there is no difference

b. Rinds are pieces of pork skin (off the hog) that have been seasoned and fried or baked until crispy (what you find packaged on convenience store shelves). Skins come directly from a whole pit-cooked hog and are prized for their flavor and crispiness and are associated with the pulled-pork experience.

10. Traditionally, true barbecue joints are open for business on these days:

a. Monday through Saturday

b. Monday through Wednesday

c. Thursday, Friday and Saturday

d. Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Answers: 1, C; 2, C (BONUS: mustard, ketchup, vinegar/pepper and Carolina red); 3, B and C; 4, A, B or C; 5, D (trick question); 6, D; 7, Hash is made up of various pig parts (often livers and heads) that are simmered with onions, potatoes and spices until they form a thick stew-like substance that is then served over white rice; 8, B; 9, B; 10, C


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