Made the trip to Sweatmans yesterday..WOW! This place is great, It's been perfectly described before. The short buffet line...red hash, rice, ribs, light and dark meat,skin and slaw. We loved everything except the rice (didn't try any, didn't want to take up any valuable stomach space that could be used for the fabulous meat. This was AYCE and I had 2 heaping platters.
This is not the kind of BBQ I'm accustomed to..ribs and pork shoulder. This is the whole pig being slow cooked over a low fire. I got a tour of the "kitchen"... a long room with multiple grills..grills measuring maybe 60 feet by 5 feet..a few 1/2 pigs cooking. The pitmaster cooks them for 12 hours or so..watches to see that the fire is the right temp...he pointed out 1 darker area; and how the fire had gotten too hot for a while. Another room with a crew chopping up the cooked pigs. They're very friendly and were happy to give me the tour.
We also liked the banana pudding and brought home a quart.
Hounds..If you like bbq (and who doesn't?) and you're anywhere near this place on a Friday or Saturday, make it a point to stop in.
There was a recent thread about doing Sweatmans and Skylight in the same day. We didn't make it to Ayden..another time. It's 280 miles..I don't drive much but I was surprised at how fast cars go on that portion of 95. we did between 80 and 85 and barely kept up with traffic..so time wise it could be done. I didn't think this before eating at Sweatmans...I have a pretty good appetite..but I'd have had a tough time eating at Skylight for dinner..just too full to really enjoy..
We spent a nice afternoon in Charleston..saw a beautiful city; didn't eat..stopped in Edisto Beach and a delicious seaood meal overlooking the ICW at the Sunset Grill.
Have to get back to Charleston.