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The debate over South Carolina barbecue versus North Carolina barbecue likely will never end, but one businessman is trying to tempt Bluffton’s hungry diners with something else — Texas-inspired barbecue.
Patrick Malone and his wife, Donna, said they are looking to bring “something different” to the table with their semi-permanent barbecue trailer in the Old Town Bluffton area.
“We are doing what you would see in Texas, which is a lot of beef,” Patrick Malone said. “We want to be known for beef brisket.”
“We make everything fresh, and we make a limited amount,” Patrick Malone said. “I never like to serve leftover barbecue.”
In addition to the brisket, Malone’s menu includes ribs, smoked turkey and homemade sausage. Food is sold “market-style” by the half-pound, but customers can buy more or less if they wish.
“It’s like going to the deli and ordering,” Patrick Malone explained. “We’ll weigh it. We’ll cut it right there in front of you.”
If anyone wants a little taste of everything, Malone said he can make that happen.
“We want people to get a platter of food and sit down with their family and friends and share it,” he said. “That’s kind of what barbecue is, bringing people together.”
Typical sides will include loaded baked beans — he’s not willing to share the secret recipe — baked mac and cheese, coleslaw, potato salad, and macaroni salad.
“We make our own pickles, and people seem to go crazy over the pickles,” Patrick Malone said.
There’s cornbread, but, in case anyone needs a reminder that this is Texas-style, the food is served with white bread on the side.
A half-pound of meat will cost $9 to $11, depending on the type, and sides are in the $2.50 to $3 range.
Eventually, once the weather cools a bit, Patrick Malone said he hopes to add Friday night hours and picnic tables.
He said he envisions outdoor seating and games, a “hangout spot on Friday nights” and lunches on Saturdays.
Malone Barbecue also offers a variety of catering options for weddings and other private events.