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Slatherin’ Sauce and Pig Swig: 2 ways SC spices up your summer

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Monday June 13th, 2011

by Scott Wink of Charlestonfoodbloggers.com

Charleston, SC  –   There are two new products on the shelves of many Piggly Wiggly grocery stores in South Carolina that we think you need to try.  Sometimes summer cookouts and grilling can lead to uninspired dishes that end up over cooked and bland.  We encourage you to break out from the grilling rut using two new local products to add flavor and fun to your cookouts.  Slather Brands, based out of Charleston, SC, is producing a new BBQ sauce called “Slatherin’ Sauce” in Original Recipe and Spicy Recipe.  The sauce can be found at many Piggly Wiggly’s in South Carolina, Whole Foods throughout the southeast and many gourmet grocery stores throughout the country. Click here to find a location near you or simply buy online.  Robin Rhea’s unique sauce has no artificial flavors or colors and contains no high fructose corn syrup.  It is also gluten free and preservative free.  So what does it have you ask? The Original Recipe is tomato based and sweetened with real sugar, honey, pineapple, and cane juice.  The Spicy Recipe has that same base but with some extra red peppers and spices for a nice kick.  The ingredients of this sauce makes it much better for grilling or caramelization than most other sauces due to its’ high sugar content  ( per 2 tbsp:  50 calories, 12 grams of carbs).  Although most people tend to have a favorite BBQ sauce when it comes to pulled pork or chicken I have found that people tend to be more open minded when it comes to beef ribs. 

     The other new product is “Pig Swig”.  It is the new private label craft beer only available at Piggly Wiggly grocery stores in South Carolina.  Pig Swig has two formulas:  Pig Tail Ale (American style amber) and Pig Pen Pilsner (light German style pilsner).  The beer is being brewed by Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, SC.  The bottle design screams summer picnics. It also has a cute picture of a little pig trying to get to the bottom of a glass of beer to finish the last drops.  This product is a great reminder of how Piggly Wiggly embraces both the local businesses (Thomas Creek and Slatherin’ Brands) and fun.

     We are going to show you how to put together an amazing summer BBQ experience for your family and friends featuring these two products.  We took a bottle of Slatherin’ Sauce, pre-sliced watermelon, Pig Swig, and beef ribs all from Piggly Wiggly and a head of cabbage and carrots we got in our Ambrose Farm CSA share to create this meal.



     The cabbage was shredded very quickly using a KitchenAid.  Any other food processer will work…..or just a knife if you have extra time to kill.  A good cole slaw recipe can be found here from Betty Crocker. We like minimal mayo/dressing/sour cream  and a good balance of salt, pepper, and vinegar.  I also think the crispness of the cabbage and carrots it key to success.



     The beef ribs were slowly cooked on a gas grill for several hours in order to make them tender.  You will need to keep the temperature between 200-225 degrees if possible so that they cook evenly without burning.   You can use a little dry rub spices on them to begin with and then as the ribs get within about 30 minutes of being done you can slather on the Slatherin’ Sauce.  Waiting until close to the end of the cooking process helps make sure the sauce does not caramelize too much and burn before the meat is done.

     Other side dish ideas for this meal are fresh pickles or biscuits with jelly.