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“Sauce of the South; S.C. is the New Home of Barbecue”

Chris Laskowski8/6/2014  |  Categories: Community
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“Sauce of the South; S.C. is the New Home of Barbecue”

In the Caribbean they barbecued to preserve the meat, early American pioneers placed a pig over a pit, anyway you cut it barbecue is one of the oldest traditions. That tradition still thrives but with one new realization; it’s all about the sauce and South Carolina has plenty of it. The world of competitive barbecue has transformed the prestigious time honored tradition into an art form which would impress even the most discriminating aficionado. Barbecue is no longer just a way of cooking meat, but is now a fun and popular spectator event for families to enjoy. South Carolina has taken the lead in this quality culinary art due to their unique sauces and blends which have become so popular that South Carolina’s dept. of tourism has built entire adventures around them (http://bbq.discoversouthcarolina.com/).

Few things are more romantic than South Carolina’s unique golden blend of sweet, tart barbecue sauce sinking deep in pulled pork. The thick golden liquid has more than a unique color and flavor to go along with it, it’s got history and an origin leading back to Germany. The South Carolina Barbecue Association even provides information on the history and origins (http://www.scbarbeque.com/). Rather than the ketchup based barbecue sauces that most are accustomed to, this quality sauce will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds.

So what exactly is this golden liquid that South Carolinians so lovingly glaze onto grilled pork? The answer to that question rests in the hands of the ancestors of the German immigrants that moved to the area in the 1700’s. These grill masters seem to make one thing clear, in South Carolina the word “Barbecue” means “Pork”. The sauce recipe which is hundreds of years old, is arguably the oldest sauce in the nation. Although the debate between whether it is best to lather on the deliciously tangy liquid while grilling or after, one thing has made itself abundantly clear; the popularity of both the vinegar and pepper style mustard sauces is only increasing. The only thing that is sweeter than South Carolina Barbecue is the company it inspires. Just ask the residents of Lake Carolina, even better, attend one of their many events held throughout the year and try the golden pride of the south for yourself.


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3 Reasons to make South Carolina your Home

Chris Laskowski7/1/2014  |  Categories: Community
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3 Reasons to make South Carolina your Home

A crisp, invigorating breeze rolls in with the fresh scent of wet soil and freshly cut grass from the neighboring golf course. The sun’s rays glide over open crystal clear waters mirroring the gentle dancing of the towering pines. It is simple to lose yourself to the peaceful majesty that is South Carolina and overlook the fact that making it your home is not only within reach, but it may also be the most lucrative investment you will ever make. You can be sure that SC isn’t just all looks, she’s a state that will sweep you off your feet and for 3 reasons you probably never considered either.

 

1.) Cost of living –A Wise Investment

 

It is difficult to believe that owning your personal slice of heaven could be affordable far before retirement, let alone manageable in terms of daily expenses. The truth is that South Carolina’s cost of living happens to be 7.30% lower than the national average. Given the rough economic climate in past years as well as the declining prospects in the job market, it is a telling sign that South Carolina’s unemployment rate rests at 1.3%, lower than the US average. This small difference in unemployment rates might seem insignificant until you factor in that the state has seen a population increase of 15.1% since 2000. It is no wonder that many young professionals as well as family’s looking for a stable environment are looking towards the cost friendliness and smart housing investments South Carolina has to offer. This means financial security, as well as the ability to own a private getaway most people only dream of (Sperling's Best Places, 2013).

 

2.) Culture and Cuisine -Southern Hospitality

 

Those that have been privileged enough to make their way to South Carolina and experience the spacious beauty will relate to you how the solid belief in southern hospitality still rings true in this neck of the woods. Your gracious hosts in the south are bound to also treat you to the biggest part of the culture, the food. Whether it be garlic cheese grits with shrimp, Caroline pork twirls or Beaufort stew, your pallet is in for a treat. Fine dining is taken seriously in South Carolina and even grits is an art form. South Carolina has some amazing cuisine, however their world class barbecue is by far their crowning achievement. The South Carolina Barbecue Association (SCBA) holds popular championship cook-offs around the state and the festivals surrounding them offer guests an opportunity to indulge in the finest barbecue you will ever have. It is precisely events like these that have cultivated South Carolinians’ spirit of togetherness and charm (South Carolina Barbecue Association, 2014).

 

3.) Lifestyle –Taking it Easy

 

We choose to miss out on far too much of our lives by struggling through the work week, only to stress during our weekends about the challenges to come. We lie to ourselves by saying “it will all pay off in the end”, it is often times only too late that we realize that the present is all that we know for sure. Natives of South Carolina share a lifestyle that understands these concepts all too well. That is why they choose to move at a different rhythm. They take things slowly because they are enjoying life and soaking up every moment. Entire communities such as Columbia’s prestigious Lake Carolina aim at fully embodying the concept of “living”. Of all the reasons to consider moving to South Carolina, lifestyle should be at the top of your list.

 

References

South Carolina Barbecue Association. (2014). South Carolina Barbecue. Retrieved from South Carolina Barbecue: http://www.scbarbeque.com/

Sperling's Best Places. (2013). Best Place to Live in South Carolina. Retrieved from Sperling's Best Places: http://www.bestplaces.net/state/south_carolina


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