7th Annual Sloss Furnace : Stokin’ the Fire BBQ – Day 2

What a fun weekend. The shot above has to be one of my favorites. It was taken during some of the down time that we had while things were cooking. That was the worse part… the wait. Why is it that Ribs take 4 hours? Oh the anticipation. Look at what our finished product looked like!!

The chicken.

The ribs.

The pork butt.

The man with the plan. And “The Dave” behind him. You see that bear claw he’s holding? Wolverine wanna-be.

The job that gets the most respect because the least amount of people want to do it. Garnish Queen. We were in charge of making everything look beautiful. It’s apart of the scoring process. It’s time consuming, tedious, and requires a lot of patience. Lord, help us.

One of my favorite picture of the boys. [Left] Chicken Cooker [Right] Official Meat Turner-Inner.

And the happy couple. Who’s Dave you ask? Look behind the man with the bear claw. It’s the cookin’ machine! What a great weekend we had. More pics to come of Sloss. And we took some really good ones.

Today I am thankful for: getting to see my dad! We’re in Gulfport. I have an interview tomorrow in Fairhope! Wish me luck!


7th Annual Sloss Furnace : Stokin’ the Fire BBQ

So I took a little break from blogging. It takes a little while for me to readjust to the US when I’ve been out of the country. Until last night, I was happy to report that I was sleeping regularly through the night… until my allergies woke me up at 3 a.m. It’s amazing what you can get done between the hours of 3:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. Anyways… tonight was the kick-off to the 7th Annual Sloss Furnace: Stokin’ the Fire BBQ Festival. Our team: Blue Creek BBQ will be entering in Chicken, Ribs, and Butt. We had a test taste tonight and it was DE-LISH. The day of the competition is always a different story… tension is high and adrenaline is pumpin’. I am, of course, there for moral support. And I do it so well. A longer photo-filled post is to come. I thought I would leave you with a few goodies from the night.

Today I am thankful for: seeing Uncle David. He’s one of my favorite people in the whole wide world. There’s nothing better than a good old Southerner cookin’ you some mighty-fine BBQ. Oh I can’t wait for tomorrow. Come out and see us if you are in the area!

Food Team: The Smoking Pig

Woohoo! So my buddy Mitchell told me about this awesome BBQ place on the way to Anderson. So last weekend my boyfriend and I decided that we would try it out and it was–HANDS DOWN–Awesome! So I took a few pics and decided that Food Team would have to come here! So… Food Team had its first official semester meeting last night.

  • The Place: The Smokin’ Pig
  • The Food: Awesome BBQ
  • The Location: 6630 U.S. 76 North (Anderson Highway)
  • The Hours: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
  • The Digits: 864.787.7827 or 864.646.5150

We decided to go on a Friday night at 7:00 p.m. right after the Opening Baseball Game of the Season (good call Food Team Cap’n). Needless to say there was a line out the door. There are a mixture of people there: families, old guys, and, of course, college kids. In the two rooms dedicated for seating (none of which can be saved or reserved before you order) our group of 14 were had a difficult time finding a picnic table (oh yes, picnic table) that would fit all of us. Unfortunately we had to split up. But for a while we were rolling 5 deep on each side. Now onto the food!

Above is a pic of my dish: Chop Pork plate with two sides — fried okra and their famous (as deemed by me) ‘Nana Puddin’. And then my boyfriend got the Chop Pork sandwich with a side of okra. It was delightful. The pork was moist and full of flavor. The rolls are made fresh and then slathered with butter. I saw them coming out of the oven last night.

Now something that South Carolinian’s will appreciate, they have all of the Carolina sauces. The have the Mustard based (Low Country), the Vinegar based (Midlands), and the Sweet Based (Upstate). I tried them all. I really liked the sweet and then I mixed it with the vinegar and then I still really enjoyed the mustard. Yummmmm…

Now, let’s take another look at this beautiful Banana Pudding. DELICIOUS. I seriously wanted to lick this little Styrofoam bowl but then thought  better of it.  You can also take a to-go order with you. I love that stuff!

I think it goes without saying that I really enjoyed this place and I cleaned my plate thoroughly 🙂 I forgot to mention, there sweet tea is great too, I must’ve been too overwhelmed by the yummy food in front of me.

My friendly food team (+/- a few).


Today I am thankful for: 12 hours of sleep after an all-nighter AND for a beautiful 70+ degree day that allowed me to go hiking!

Pendleton, SC : Just More BBQ

Just More BBQ

This week we had a lot of Studio work going on and we all needed to wind down and relax. So we went to Just More BBQ in Pendleton,SC. Right down the road from Clemson University. This place is awesome. AND like most awesome BBQ places, it’s only open Friday and Saturdays — but it gets even better… they have a live Bluegrass Band every weekend.  Just More BBQ has awesome Shredded Pork and AMAZING Mac ‘n Cheese. Plus– all meals come with dessert and a drink. Can it get any better? Oh, I’m just lovin’ life. Check out Just More BBQ’s website here.

This weekends band is called Cane Creek Bluegrass Band and they are based out of Anderson, SC and here is there website if you’d like to check them out. I thought that they were wonderful. Here’s a little sample of what we heard below.

Sloss Furnace : Stokin’ the Fire BBQ and Music Festival

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All I can really say about this BBQ competition is that these guys take food and cookin’ seriously. Their cookin’ is a Labor of Love. All the chefs were out in the blazing heat, with temperatures in the high 90s, all day and all night. And I have to say, our team — Blue Creek BBQ — did a mighty fine job. I can’t wait until next year!

Pics are compliments of NR and AC.

Sloss Furnaces Stokin’ the Fire BBQ and Music Festival

Hey y’all. For those of you in Birmingham, you should come out this weekend to Stokin’ the Fire! It’s a BBQ competition that’ll be held at Sloss Furnaces. For more information click here. What better way to end the summer? Plus, there will be lots of Delicious Food, Booze, and Music.

Scott’s Variety Store & BBQ

Vegan’s Beware! This post is not for you!

Scott's Variety Store

So today was our final field trip for the semester. A lot of the places that we have been to have been all about the experience of a space and not simply about the architecture. Today, we went to a place for the experience.  That place is Scott’s BBQ. They have mastered BBQ. I’m going to let my pictures describe my experience … and… if you get the chance… and you are in the “middle of no-where South Carolina”… you have to go to Scott’s BBQ. It has my seal of approval!! To receive a full description of these masters and their work check out THIS article from the NY Times… I’m tellin’ you… this shit’s legit!

Mista Rodney Scott -- Pitt Master

Old fuel drum used to burn down all of their personally hand cut wood to make the coals that go under their BBQ

Mista Rodney Doin' What He Does Best!

Vat O' Goodness -- Notice that that long handle is NOT to a ladle, but to a MOP. That's right, no brushes here... they lay it on thick with a MOP!!!

Oh yeah!!

What more can a girl ask for?

White Bread? CHECK , Sauce? CHECK, Orange Drink? CHECK…. BBQ (1 lb)? CHECK CHECK!!

Close Up, Beauty Shot!

Close Up, Beauty Shot 🙂

I love this menu! It might just be my favorite!

The Whole Graduate Architecture Crew (+/- a few)