South Carolina State Tourism officials have announced that a tasty path is on the horizon for barbecue lovers. A "barbecue trail" will be promoted throughout our state in an effort to help us hungry "que" fiends find the best of the best slow-cooked meat in every nook and cranny of South Carolina.
If you have ever spent time meandering the backwoods and small towns of our state you might have just happened upon one of the small family-operated barbecue joints.
The barbecue is usually cooked on what many might consider a primitive contraption. Trust me, these people know what they are doing. The meat is cooked slowly for 12 or 14 hours. There is always a secret ingredient involved, and you should never ask what it is. Banana puddings and amazing coleslaw are usually along for the ride.
The advertising agency chosen for all of this fabulous fun campaign is the Bluffton-based BFG firm, and they plan to start at the end of August. There also will be a barbecue trail website guiding visitors to the rural locations. Many of these out of the way emporiums are only open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The really old-timey ones only open Saturday.
The folks at BFG probably should give John Treadaway a call, because if anyone has traveled the far reaches of South Carolina and eaten at backroad barbecue shacks it is him.
Of course, we Blufftonians all know where we can get our fix ...
In spite of all that Mother Nature could hurl at them, area children will soon be enjoying a beautiful piece of art.
The tree house includes a bridge between two trees, a hammock, swings and, to top it all off, a zipline.
Wayne and Heath have done many similar projects in many parts of the world, on Hilton Head Island and here in Bluffton at Palmetto Bluff. Now Ridgeland children will be able to enjoy this wonderful creation for years to come. What a special present the town fathers of our neighboring town have presented to their children. Wayne Edwards is also a painter of some reknown, and you can view his work at Four Corners Gallery on May River Road in Bluffton.
BRIDGE STREET SMOOTHIE
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup ice
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons soy milk
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon honey
Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes: 1
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.