Five-Maudies – Highly Recommended
We have been going to Edisto Island for more years than I care to remember and never noticed this place. It is attached to a gas station convenience store, not the best place for a BBQ joint. We noticed their sign last time we drove by. It is located on the main highway (174) leading to Edisto Beach, but nothing else is around there. Given its location, we actually weren’t keen to go there, but we have never seen BBQ on Edisto and decided to give it a try.
We are glad we did, very glad. This place rocks. As soon as you walk in the door, all traces of convenience store and gas station vanish, a much needed reprieve from the mundane. We could be in a stand alone BBQ joint in the middle of nowhere. Actually, this place is in the middle of nowhere, but that gas station sure is a put-off.
But, you enter a narrow space, with some booths along the wall and tables. The food counter and kitchen are at the back. The owner was there, as he probably always is, this
is one of those great BBQ places that is only open Thursday through Saturday, Wednesday, as well, during the summer tourist season. Most of the best BBQ places are only open a few days a week. It takes a lot of work and time to properly cook a hog, including nights tending the fire.
It turns out that there was a food reporter there at the time from a well known magazine. For the life of me, I can’t remember the name of it. It may have been Southern Living, but I seem to remember a New York connection. Anyway, she was impressed with the food, as well, and did an interview with the owner.
There was a typical BBQ joint buffet, all you can eat for a good price, and sweet tea, of course. You can get beer and wine at this place, a rarity and probably a nod to the Yankee tourists. Southerners, no matter how much they drink, usually don’t when eating BBQ (unless, of course, you are making it yourself, where vast quantities of beer are essential for those long hours tending the fire). We actually got the sweet tea, which was very good.
Lynn got her usual veggie plate, but added some pulled pork. and I loaded down with meat and some token veggies. Always pulled pork for me, that is how I judge good BBQ. That, and hash over rice. I also got some baked beans, scalloped potatoes, and tomato vegetable soup. I sampled Lynn’s turnip greens, mac and cheese, sweet potatoes, and cabbage. She also got slaw and a couple of other things. Slaw is one of those Southern things I just don’t like. Lynn said it was good.
My pulled pork was the highlight of the meal, as it should have been. Great taste, very tender with just the right amount of fat, and not overboard with the sauce. Great BBQ. I
also loved the pork skins and you rarely find them done well. When you do, they are usually sold out in a manner of hours. No bagfuls of frozen skins to plop in the deep fryer, these come right from the pig and there is only so much to go around. The hash was good, this was non-liver based hash, and it was on par with other great BBQ joint hash.
Onto the veggies. Everything I tasted was good. The soup was homemade and perfect for a cool day (it was January). The turnip greens also had turnip chunks in them and they were excellent. I always put hot sauce on greens, because I like the heat, and did with these, but they were nicely done in fatback and didn’t need any sauce. Baked beans and scalloped potatoes were pretty standard, very good but not award winning. Like I said before, the pulled pork was the highlight.
Po Pigs Bo-B-Q
Wednesday through Saturday (closed Wednesday in the off-season)
2410 Hwy 174
Edisto Island, SC
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