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Jul 27, 2013 03:32 PM

Southern Foodways Alliance's "Potlikker" event in Napa - August 18 - Pitmasters Sam Jones (Skylight Inn - Ayden NC) and Rodney Scott (Scott's BBQ - Hemingway, SC)

Absolutely wow at this event. Wonderful and rare opportunity for West Coasters to get a taste of bbq from a couple of the best pitmasters in the country.

Of course, I'll be in Austin, TX that weekend for my own bbq tour (booked that weekend before I found out about this). That's two more tickets for everyone else...

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  1. This probably won't help you, but Sam Jones and Rodney Scott have been tweeting that they'll be at La Cocina's Night Market, 8/16, the night before the SF street food festival next month. Here are the reports from last year,

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Thanks Melanie! That did it...just ordered tickets for the night market. Skylight in Ayden is one of best. Don't know how he will duplicate that incredible brick Ayden smokehouse at Alemany.

      1. re: Thomas Nash

        I'm so glad that you caught me while I was sitting and eating at Skylight Inn and suggested that I take a look at the smokehouse. Here are the photos from 2011.

      2. re: Melanie Wong

        Nick Pihakis of Jim 'N Nick's was also in town for the La Cocina Event last year. Here are pics of the creation he served at the La Cocina Conference Brunch, and of his mobile smoker, parked at the SoMa StrEat Food Park.

        1. re: soupçon

          Thanks for the pix. Yes, Rodney Scott used Jim 'n Nick's traveling rig to cook his hog last year, as I noted in the Night Market reports linked above. I'm wondering if there will be one hog from Skylight and one from Scott's or just a single with different dressings. I had a visit with Sam Jones two years ago in Ayden. It was right before he was headed to Memphis in May to compete with the Fatback Collective team of historic pitmasters. He talked about Pat Martin and Rodney Scott, saying that they all handled the pig the same way, the difference was in the seasoning after it's cooked.

          I met Nick P at Eat Real last year. He was on the same judging panel with me for Meatopia. I jokingly said that he must be logging a lot of miles on that rig bringing it out to the Bay Area two or three times a year. He said that it has to be refitted and overhauled after each round-trip. I said he could park it in my driveway . . . and I was serious about that. :)

          I'm glad to see the egg-bbq-grits brunch dish. Rodney Scott served up barbecue over grits at Meatopia and we wondered where that came from. Now I get it.

        2. re: Melanie Wong

          Actually, that helps a bunch as I don't fly out until Saturday morning. Wonderful!

          1. re: mikeh

            Then we should make a date with Thomas Nash and his better half!

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Sounds like a plan... I was too cheap to get VIP tickets so will be standing near the entrance about 545PM...Will look for you and other chow-ers.

              By the way, you won't believe this, we drove through Hemingway, SC earlier this month, and despite extensive research on the internet, I managed not to realize that Scott's BBQ was there!!

              Did check out Little Pig's in Columbia, SC (huge crowd on July 4, extensive buffet and two delicious hindquarters available for do-it-yourself pig picking) and Pik N Pig in Carthage, SC .... and, of course Lexington #1, still one of the best... Still not a fan of mustard sauce, but I am neutral on East vs West NC, despite my Eastern NC sister-in-law.

              1. re: Thomas Nash

                You missed a stop in Hemingway SC, pop'n 573, and barbecue capital of the world. Takes a big man to admit that.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  hmm... as noted in your img_5356 and pictured in img_5386, Ayden, NC would also have claims on the barbecue capital.

                  And, Kansas City, Lexington, Taylor, TX, ...

                2. re: Thomas Nash

                  Ah yes, the Little Pig's buffet in Columbia, SC. I would hit that up on many a Friday dinner (sneaking off work a bit early in Charlotte). I think they were a bit too liberal on the sugar for the veggie sides. Duke's in Walterboro, SC is still my standard for bbq buffets in SC (although apparently McCabe's does it buffet-style as well and is a "top 3" bbq joint for the state - probably top 2 now that Sweatman's changed hands and cut corners).

                3. re: Melanie Wong

                  Wife and I will be arriving a bit later (we work down in SV) but will be on the lookout for you all. Scott's is on our radar for a September trip to SC, as is McCabe's in Manning, SC.

                  It's tough to admit this, but I never made it to Skylight Inn while living in NC (either time). One of these days I'm going to have to do a random weekend in eastern NC and give that part of the state its due (Skylight Inn, Chef and the Farmer in Kinston, and some other places on my list up by Tarboro and Edenton).

                  1. re: mikeh

                    This is turning into True Confessions. :)

                    Here's the link for Night Market tickets.

                    If you're arriving after 6pm, you'll want to buy a parking pass.