My whole life has been barbecue. I grew up doing it, hanging around it, and hanging around other people that do it. And there’s just, to me, no other way to bring people in quicker. It’s like a beacon sign; it just draws them right in there.
2734 Hemingway Hwy.
Hemingway, SC 29554
For Rodney Scott, barbecue is less a food and more an idea. He defines barbecue as “a reunion, a party for everybody to come and join in and enjoy each other’s company, a laid back event.” A barbecue acts as a gathering, a communion, a manifestation of the connections between people. Barbecue is love and he loves barbecue.
In 1972, just a year after the birth of his son Rodney, Roosevelt Scott opened a convenience store/gas station in an oak grove off the highway in Hemingway, South Carolina. On the side, his wife Rosie Scott, aided by various family members, smoked a whole hog or two on the weekends.
Rodney first cooked his own pig at age 11. In his teenage years he rebelled against the family business, returning at age 17, just as 1 or 2 hogs became 4 to 6. Today, Rodney Scott, pitmaster and owner of Scott’s Bar-B-Que, oversees the slow-cooking of 8 to 10 hogs a night. Under Rodney’s watch, to spend a day hanging around Scott’s Bar-B-Que is to witness a backyard barbecue, a communion.
Date of interview: June 21, 2012 Interviewer: Rien Fertel Photographer: Denny Culbert