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#YeahTHATAgenda: SC Restaurants Boss Hogs of Southern Living BBQ List, 115 Jobs Coming to Conway, Best of Columbia Winners Announced, Popeye's versus Chick-fil-A

Aug 23, 2019 04:17PM ● By Chris Haire
South Carolina Restaurant Tops Southern Living Barbecue List: Southern Living Contributing Editor and Charleston City Paper food critic Robert F. Moss has once again released his annual list of the South's best barbecue restaurants, and a key Palmetto State player has come out on top: Scott's Bar-B-Que in Hemingway, S.C. 

Moss writes: "Scott’s Bar-B-Que remains in the top spot in 2019 for one reason: the inimitable flavor of the wood-cooked whole hog. It’s made the old-school burn barrel way, starting with white oak and pecan trees that the family cuts down themselves. That wood is split and seasoned then reduced to embers in a giant fire-blackened barrel out behind the metal-walled pithouse. The coals are carried inside by the shovelful and scattered beneath whole hogs cooking skin-up on cinder block pits.

"After 12 hours, they’re flipped over and mopped with a pepper-laced vinegar sauce that bubbles and simmers around the meat," Moss adds. "Pulled into long, tender shreds, no other barbecue—whole hog or otherwise—tastes quite the same."

Scott's Bar-B-Que was founded in 1972 by Roosevelt and Ella Scott. But it wasn't until the duo's son Rodney took over the operation that word about the restaurant began to spread far beyond South Carolina thanks to mouth-watering reports from the nation's top food writers.

Since then, Rodney Scott has been awarded a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast and launched a successful sister outpost, Rodney Scott's Whole Hog BBQ in Charleston -- which itself landed at No. 28 on the Southern Living list. That Holy City location was soon followed by another in Birmingham, Ala. And just this week, Scott announced plans to open a third Rodney Scott's BBQ in Atlanta. 

Scott's Bar-B-Que beat out other high-profile Southern notables including Franklin Barbecue of Austin, Texas (No. 7) and Asheville's Buxton Hall Barbecue (No. 25).

Other South Carolina barbecue restaurants on Southern Living's Top 50 Barbecue Joints 2019: Charleston's Lewis Barbecue (No. 5), McCabe's Bar-B-Que of Manning (No. 22), Columbia's Hite's Bar-B-Que (No. 27),  Home Team BBQ's Charleston location (No. 35), Big T Bar-B-Que in Gadsden (No. 37), and Charleston's Swig & Swine (No. 46)

115: The number of estimated new jobs that automotive parts and industrial products manufacturer CRP Industries will create over a five-year period following its expansion to Conway. The New Jersey-based firm was founded over 50 years ago to help bring Germany-based Continential AG products to the U.S. market. Once completed, the Horry County facility will make advanced electric power steering systems. (SC Commerce)

Free Times releases their annual Best of Columbia issue (Free Times)

Shipping business to buy Charleston County’s old incinerator site (Post & Courier)

Former Greenville Mayor Harry Luthi has died (Greenville News)

FAA plans to test Boeing MAX software on less-experienced pilots (Reuters)

Great Southern Homes is building 126 town houses in West Columbia (SC Biz News)
Polydeck Screen plans $12 million expansion, new jobs in Spartanburg County (GoUpstate)

WYFF News 4 Chief Meteorologist John Cessarich announces retirement (WYFF 4)

Wanted: 60K drivers. What the shortages in Upstate SC, US trucking companies mean to you. (Greenville News)

Developers eye possible resort at remote Beaufort Co. island (Island Packet)

Walking over a mile for groceries? Some Columbia residents nervous as Save-A-Lot closure approaches (WIS-TV)

State legislators recognize black women’s equal pay day, push for equal pay law (Greenville News)

The dance goes on at The Woody’s new downtown Columbia location (The State)

Greenville's Bossy Bakers to open brick-and-mortar location on Wade Hampton Blvd. (Greenville Journal)

Columbia-area bar and grill J. Peter's changes name to JR Cash's (The State)

Elite Singles website names Myrtle Beach the second most romantic city in America (WIS-TV)

A food critic weighs in on the Popeyes vs. Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich debate. Which is better? (SC Now)

Hires & Honors

The Charleston-based accounting firm Jarrard, Nowell & Russell, LLC,  has named Aaron Gaspar and Jay Gibson supervisors. (Jarrard, Nowell & Russell, LLC)

Todd Steen, executive director of business development at Jackson Marketing, Motorsports & Events, is the new chair-elect of SEMA’s Wheel & Tire Council (WTC), a position that will allow him to "help guide the council in identifying and addressing challenges faced by the tire and wheel industry." (Jackson Marketing, Motorsports & Events)

George Perez has joined Greenville-based Infinity Marketing as web designer and developer, while 
Micah Inafuku has been named analytics coordinator. (Infinity Marketing)

Merritt McNeely, vice president of marketing of the women-owned, Columbia-based marketing firm Flock and Rally, has been selected one of Columbia Regional Business Report’s 2019 Women of Influence. (Flock and Rally)


Mashburn Construction has completed construction of the two-story Irmo Wellness Center,  a 43,480 square foot medical office at 7182 Woodrow Street in Irmo. 

Crooked Hammock Brewery is set to open at North Myrtle Beach's Barefoot Landing next spring.