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May 3, 2000 05:29 PM

Vicarious Barbecue

  • j

I happened to think of an interesting barbecue book that's probably of little practical use, but enjoyable to read nonetheless. The book is Hog Heaven, by Allie Patricia Wall and Ron L. Layne. It was published in 1979 by the Sandlapper Store, Lexington, SC.

This book talks a bit about SC barbecue and how to make it, then launches into descriptions of every barbecue joint in SC, circa 1979. Great fun to just read about these great places, many of which are certainly long gone.

I was able to purchase this book new several years ago. Don't know if it's easy to find these days. Amazon lists it as a special order for $4.35, including a special charge. I don't think the Alpha Hound would mind if someone were to purchase the book through this site.

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  1. Funny you should mention "Hog Heaven." My wife and I used to use it to map out our weekend "Q" forays around SC. We stuck mainly to the Lowcountry places as they offer what we consider to be the REAL stuff.

    I'll bet if Robert had a copy of "Hog Heaven" he might've had a more fruitful visit to SC.

    3 Replies
    1. re: JP

      Do you think a lot of places in Hog Heaven are still in business? It would be nice if that were the case.

      1. re: Jim Dorsch


        Good question. I haven't done those road trips as often as I used to. But, based on my observations here in the central part of the state, quite a few of the places listed in Hog Heaven are still open.

        Also, the places around Lake City, Kingstree and Andrews are still open. I'm certainly no statistician, but based on that I'll bet at least half, maybe more, are still in business.

        Are there any places in the book that particularly interest you?

        1. re: JP

          I read the book years ago and enjoyed it as a snapshot of its time. I have no specific plans to visit any of the places. I just enjoyed immersing myself in 'cue world for a time, albeit vicariously.