Rodney Scott, Pitmaster

CUT/CHOP/COOK profiles Rodney Scott of Scott’s Bar-B-Q in Hemingway, South Carolina. Says Scott, “We only cook with wood and I’m so sure that we only cook with wood because we go out and chop it ourselves.” Monday through Wednesday, you’ll find Scott doing just that, cutting down trees and chopping wood, and Thursday through Saturday he burns that wood down into coals that he uses to cook a half-dozen whole hogs every night.

Lavelle Mack, a cook at the Big Apple Inn in downtown Jackson, Miss., checks out a pot of simming hot tamales. Photo by Rod Davis, staff. July 2004.

Smokes & Ears

See the story of the Big Apple Inn in Jackson, Mississippi. Known as “Big John’s” by its faithful customers, the Big Apple Inn’s defining duo of pig ear sandwiches and hot smoked sausage sandwiches (known as “smokes”) has kept folks coming back again and again for over 70 years, and counting. The film is made in recognition of 2009 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award Winner Geno Lee.

Will Harris, Cattleman

Meet Will Harris of White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia, a cattle rancher with deep roots in the Deep South. He has rejected the corn-fed, feedlot cattle model in favor of raising grass-fed cattle. Will is no arriviste. The Harris family has raised cattle on the same Early County, Georgia farm for 5 generations.

Skylight Inn BBQ

Travel to North Carolina’s Skylight Inn, once declared the capital of ‘cue by National Geographic. A capital dome atop the building will confirm you’re at the right location. The Jones family cooks whole hog barbecue in open pits over oak, and then chops it–skin and all–on a wood chopping block.

Birmingham Hotdogs

A short profile in memory of Constantine “Gus” Koutroulakis of Pete’s Famous Hot Dogs in Birmingham, Alabama. Gus passed away on April 5, 2011, at the age of 81.

Taylor Grocery

The story of Mississippi’s Taylor Grocery, and proprietors Lynn and Debbie Hewlett. It’s hailed as the South’s best catfish joint and it has a brown bag policy. Diners don’t mind waiting on the front porch for a table, sometimes for hours.

Buttermilk: It Can Help

See the story of 2008 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame winner Cruze Family Dairy, located outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. Hear proprietor Earl Cruze extol the virtues of buttermilk. It might not solve all the world’s problems, but it can help!

Carolina Rice

An exploration of rice cultivation and the rice kitchen, featuring SFA Fellow Glenn Roberts, underwritten by Biltmore Estate.

Urban Farming

A profile of downtown Birmingham’s not-for-profit demonstration education garden. Together with volunteers, Jones Valley Urban Farm turns vacant urban property into bountiful gardens and uses proceeds from produce and flower sales to fund educational programs.