This week College Game Day (along with an obscene amount of Notre Dame fans) is headed to Clemson, South Carolina for the game. While most of the focus is on the actual football game, we’re taking a moment to highlight one superstar from the Clemson tailgate scene: Barbecue. Now we aren’t talking about the actual appliance, we’re talking South Carolina Barbecue.
If you haven’t spent much time in the South, you may be unaware of just how serious they take barbecue. Not all barbecue is created equal, for example, Memphis barbecue features a dry rub rather than sauce. But when it comes to the Carolinas, the two states have one key difference in their barbecue: the sauce.
North Carolina is known for pork brushed with a spice-and-vinegar mixture for cooking and then served with a ketchup-based sauce. Now down south of the state border, the locals agree to the way the pork is prepared up north, but they use a mustard-based sauce that includes brown sugar and vinegar.
Since barbecue is more than a meal in South Carolina, expect to see full BBQ trailers with the whole hog on the spit instead of standard burgers and dogs. Since it’s a night game, there’s enough time to try several different dishes, but you must make sure to stop by Henry’s Hog Hauler of award-winning Henry’s Smokehouse for a true South Carolina classic: the pulled pork sandwich.
The pulled pork sandwich is simple. They pile pulled smoked pork on a bun served with sauce and coleslaw. It sounds elementary but trust us, it’s satisfying and a total must in Clemson this weekend. You also may want to leave your Coors up north and wash it down some sweet tea, or perhaps some sweet tea vodka, another South Carolina staple.
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