When most people think of BBQ, they think of Memphis-style BBQ, with its sweet-to-tangy, tomato-based sauce. The Carolinas have other varieties.
There’s vinegar-based BBQ, with just a hint of tomato. You’ll also find mustard-based BBQ, which is what Maurice’s serves. I ordered the Big Pig so I could get the complete experience to report to you, my reader. Taking one for the team, I had ribs, pulled pork, cole slaw, cornbread, fries, and a fresh pork rind with lean meat.
Verdict: it may not displace Memphis BBQ, but it’s great stuff, and you should try it if you get the chance. If you’re not planning a trip to South Carolina, you can try one of the online recipes, or get Maurice’s to ship you some. He has an online store, and the shipping’s free.
You won’t find Maurice’s BBQ sauce at your local grocer because, well, here’s the thing. Big stores like Wal-Mart and Bi-Lo used to sell it, but they stopped because people complained about Maurice’s politics. Maurice Bessinger is – how to put this? – a political nutcase and unreconstructed Confederate cracker. That’s him in the picture standing in front of one his stores, which display the South Carolina flag flying over the Confederate battle flag. One of his pet peeves is that state flags should fly above the national flag.
You can get a better idea of his beliefs by visiting his (ahem) Truth Store. Or just visit his restaurants, which sell Confederate flag t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “May We Never Forget Their Sacrifice” and books like “Myths &Realities of American Slavery.” Or you can judge him by the company he keeps. At the store we visited, there was a signed thank-you note saying how good the barbeque was. The author? Pat Buchanan.