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Sconyer's Barbecue - A big thumbs DOWN!!

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Went by Sconyer's Barbecue in Augusta,GA, this weekend and purchased two pounds of chopped pork and a quart of hash to bring home to SC for supper. I have to say this was absolutely the WORST barbecue I have ever eaten. Both the pork and the hash were so peppery hot it was near inedible; not even a hint of hickory smoked flavor. Even the coleslaw was of the "institutional" variety such as you'd buy prepackaged at your local grocery.
I have eaten Sconyer's barbecue two or three times over the past 20 years, and remember it as being pretty good. No more.
Would like to hear from anyone familiar with the well known Sconyer's and get your comments. Maybe the place has changed hands or cooks differently now. I know I won't be going back.

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  1. Highly overrated ... I agree.

    About 10 years ago, SCONYERS opened a restaurant in Stockbridge GA (15 miles south of Atlanta). I was really disappointed on my visit. And, as I predicted, it quickly closed.

    If you Chowhounds in Richmond County think that's real BBQ, you need to get out more.

    Scott M.

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    1. re: Scott M.

      I haven't been to Sconyers in years, but when growing up in Augusta it was just one of the very few non-chain home-grown places around and I think it has a loyal following because of that (the then-owner Larry Sconyers became mayor, as I'm sure you know). I do recall them serving a nice hash-- yes, vinegary and a little peppery-- but you don't see hash around too often so it was always a nice treat to get the hash and make sandwiches out of the 1/2 loaf of Sumbeam bread they give you (Do they still do that?)

    2. I'm sorry you had a bad experience with Sconyers BBQ. I remember when we would stand in line at the old store front window of Sconyers a couple of days before the 4th of July for a quart of hash and barbecue. It was located on Peach Orchard Rd then between Lumpkin Rd and Windsor Spring Rd. Claude and Adeline Sconyers started this business in 1956 when they could no longer make a living at farming. After his Father's death Larry took over the business. We still love to have dinner at Sconyers and can't tell the difference from the pit cooked barbecue that they serve now from the barbecue they served at the old business in 1956. I usually get the barbecue chicken plate and my husband the barbecue pork plate. They pile your plate so high that we always take food home. My husband is from South Carolina and we have visited Piggy Park in Columbia, Sheily’s in Batesburg, Carolina in Aiken and Edwards in North Augusta and they all have good food but it is more of a mustard type barbecue and nothing like Sconyers great taste. I think you just have to live in the CSRA to enjoy this kind of pit cooked barbecue. Good eating