Rodney Scott moved with his family to Hemingway, SC, when he was just 1 year old. His family opened Scott’s Variety, a convenience store and grocery of sorts located on the side of the old highway that ran through town. Although they sold local produce and cold drinks throughout the week, they did a little something extra every Thursday: smoked whole hogs. The intoxicating smell of smoked pork was enough to bring in all the locals, but the flavor of the Scott family’s whole hog barbecue is what kept them coming back.
The Scotts built their own hog pits out back behind the store and fired them up with hardwood coals. Young Rodney was just 11 years old when he cooked his first whole hog, and it wasn’t long before he dedicated his life to the art of barbecue. As word began to spread about the Scotts’ weekly barbecue feast, more and more people were hankering for a taste. It turned out that just one day a week of whole hog barbecue was simply not enough. By the mid-1980s they moved to smoking hogs two days a week, and before long, two days turned into three. Finally, in 2012 they added a fourth day, offering old-fashioned whole hog barbecue every Wednesday through Saturday.
But it wasn’t just locals that were eating all those hogs. People drove for hours – from Charleston, 90 miles south, and even beyond – having heard about Rodney Scott and the old-fashioned whole hog barbecue he was cooking in Hemingway. Since, Scott has traveled all over the world – as far as Australia and Balise – to share his passion for whole hog barbecue.
Last year, Scott moved to the Holy City to start a new chapter and open his own place, Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ, in Charleston’s exciting North Central neighborhood.