Bite of a Week: Sampler Platter during Brice’s Country Store
December 6, 2017 - bbq set
what: Sampler Platter
Where: Brice’s Country Store, 200 S. Dogwood Ave., Ridgeway; 803-337-0631
This low-key city 25 miles north of Columbia has critical grill cred, as it hosts a annual Pig on a Ridge, a premier statewide grill jubilee and competition. And now Ridgeway is home to one of a some-more hyped grill joints in a Palmetto State, too. Brice’s Country Store is a corner plan by Bovinoche meatfest owners Jeff Bannister; helper and former Smoke BBQ owners Tom Hall; and Jack Waiboer, boss and owners of a Southern BBQ Network and three-time state grill champion.
And given that set of resumes, it should be no warn that a beef is all during Brice’s. The dual sides we attempted — a red cole slaw and some crush and rice — were clearly not a categorical attraction, yet Brice’s does holder out fancier side specials on occasion, as good as boudin, sausages, sandwiches, soups and more.
The barbecue, though, is excellent.
I find over-chopping one of a pivotal failings of certain South Carolina barbecue; dictated to tenderize, it mostly renders a pig tear-jerking and blah. Fortunately, Brice’s isn’t fearful of longer fibers, guileless their prep and cooking to make a beef tender. The ensuing pulled pig is substantial, hazed and rich. The mustard-based salsa was luscious though all though nonessential — that pig stands adult only excellent on a own.
The sampler platter facilities chicken, pulled pork, and sausage, and dual sides. As with all smoked chicken, this version’s categorical unwell was that it wasn’t pig instead, though it was proposal and moist.
As for a sausage, it’s a specialty during Brice’s: succulent, not too salty, with a appreciative snap of grilled surrounding enclosing luscious seasoned pork.
Brice’s is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Seating is accessible on a screened porch, with bottled drinks accessible from a cooler, though this is really a no-frills place. — Eva Moore