When he visits his homestate, Elliott Moss of Asheville’s Buxton Hall Barbecue searches out new places to try hash. Here are five of his South Carolina favorites.
Dowds isn’t a restaurant, but they supply Newberry with hash through retail outlets. Search it out at the local Bi-Lo (look for the bright orange South Carolina Agriculture sticker). It’s mustard-based hash, and instead of ground meat, it’s stringy. They cook it for hours and hours over wood.
True BBQ is a newer joint with an old-school mom-and-pop feel. Their hash is ground, orange-red in color, and beef based. I haven’t come across that before, and I think that’s why I like it so much. 1237 D Avenue, West Columbia, SC
Sweatman’s is one of the most adorable barbecue joints. They are open only on Friday and Saturday, which makes it special and you know it’s fresh. Their hash is orange-red ground pork. I’ve been told they don’t use any fillers (rice or potatoes) and you can tell. Just meat, sauce, and seasonings. 1427 Eutaw Road, Holly Hill, SC
Duke’s hash is so different from other hash I’ve had, so I love it for that reason. Orange in color, ground pork, and lots of potato up front. It’s almost like a potato gravy. The potato isn’t chunky, but smooth in texture. 1298 Whitman Street Southeast, Orangeburg, SC
This country store is a must for the experience alone: a big country store in the middle of nowhere that supplies the town folks with barbecue hog, country hams, and hash. Cooper’s hash is vinegar based and ground. There is not much color, no mustard or tomato. It definitely has some offal or liver, maybe some pig head. They sell it in pints, frozen or fresh, so I always grab one for the road. 6945 US-521, Salters, SC
Make it Yourself
Elliott’s Traditional South Carolina Hash