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neuyawk
11-26-2012, 01:12 PM
Photos from the Trip HERE (http://arrogantswine.com/food-porn-photos/bbq-road-trips-2012/midway-bbq-buffalo-south-carolina/)

When I, and most everyone else in the country, think about hash we’re thinking shredded potatoes. In South Carolina, it’s an stew that’s an integral part of the barbecue experience. There really isn’t too many places that will serve South Carolina BBQ and not have hash on the menu. Mustard sauce optional, hash never. Midway was also my first experience with eating hash and it definitely set the bar high for me.

Midway is featured in the Southern Foodways Alliance’s Oral Documentary project. In it they noted that Midway’s slogan was “Hash and chicken stew capital of the world.” It’s not one that I’d bet my money against. The beef hash was rich. I didn’t realize there was a way to further concentrate the flavors of cow and butter. It would have been more clear to call their hash an “essence”. It doesn’t try to be very complex with a myriad of herbs and spices – it is the very image of going deep instead of broad.

I also matched it with some barbecue pork, mash potatoes and fried okra. The sides were perfect. Exactly what a proper barbecue plate should contain. The pork on the other hand was kinda bland. It wasn’t bad, very moist and the sauces that came with it – Vinegar pepper, mustard, or red sauce – paired up with it nicely. It seems like they use the whole hog from what I saw coming from the truck. Just something missing in the pig. Walking around the back after breakfast I saw that my suspicions were confirmed – a large gas smoker.

I believe it’s best to judge someone by what they’re offering as their best product. You wouldn’t order fish at a steakhouse nor steak at a sushi spot. The pork here was fine but didn’t fit the 100 mile BBQ designation that the South Carolina BBQ Association gave it. But their Hash was easily 200 Mile BBQ. No road trip through South Carolina’s BBQ landscape would be complete without Midway.

Gore
11-26-2012, 01:18 PM
Great write-up. I will definitely keep that in mind the next time I head that way!

wnkt
11-28-2012, 10:57 AM
I found they are just 22 miles from my house...I think a road trip is in order on the next day off

wnkt
12-12-2012, 08:36 AM
I made the trip yesterday...for my tastes it was .....average
I had a combp plate with chopped pork , hash and 2 sides ( slaw and baked beans) with a drink was $7.50
It came with 3 slices of white bread and several pickle slices and a couple pearl onions which was different, Ive never seen those with bbq.
chopped pork was bland....no smoke flavor that I could tell
the hash tasted like hamburger that was browned in a skillet just before tossing in spaghetti sauce. maybe it was just not what i was expecting.
sides were good standard slaw and beans...not bad but not really good..passable

The place had other things as well...typical meat and sides fare available, specials of the day written on butcher paper taped to the wall behind the cashiers.

plain no frills decor...bare concrete floor with an interesting twist....sawdust on the floor

and yes...no pics, didnt happen...

but all in all...my review for their BBQ side.....MEH

neuyawk
12-12-2012, 09:01 AM
chopped pork was bland....no smoke flavor that I could tell
the hash tasted like hamburger that was browned in a skillet just before tossing in spaghetti sauce. maybe it was just not what i was expecting.
sides were good standard slaw and beans...not bad but not really good..passable



Agreed with the chopped pork. If you walk around the back you'll see why it's so smoke free from the gasser "smoker" they use.

Their fried okra was pretty tasty from what I remember.

I'd disagree with the hash though, I thought it was very rich and buttery.

wnkt
12-12-2012, 02:09 PM
It was ok..it was a tad gray looking.....and its just that Im used to hash that is a tad more spicy and served over rice.
There is a place in Rock Hill, SC (town where I work) http://burksbbq.com/ that I really like their hash. there is a picture of it in the slideshow on their home page.

neuyawk
12-12-2012, 02:38 PM
It was ok..it was a tad gray looking.....and its just that Im used to hash that is a tad more spicy and served over rice.
There is a place in Rock Hill, SC (town where I work) http://burksbbq.com/ that I really like their hash. there is a picture of it in the slideshow on their home page.

Makes sense. I think he's slightly different than most in that he uses beef and no other seasoning aside from butter. Most other places add either a tomato or mustard base with their own seasonings on it. Kinda funny if you think about it, he's a bit of a geographical anomaly as we normally associate gray hash with Pee Dee areas.

Thanks for sharing the Rock Hill site! I'm always looking for more SC data.

PatAttack
12-13-2012, 10:35 AM
It was ok..it was a tad gray looking.....and its just that Im used to hash that is a tad more spicy and served over rice.
There is a place in Rock Hill, SC (town where I work) http://burksbbq.com/ that I really like their hash. there is a picture of it in the slideshow on their home page.

Well, what do ya' know. I grew up in Rock Hill. Never had the chance to eat at Burke's but next time I go home, I'll have to hit it up. My Dad used to make all Beef Hash. Beef, butter, S&P and red pepper flakes. Damn, it was good.

Where you workin'?

wnkt
12-13-2012, 12:27 PM
Im close to downtown...its a call center. We do ISP tech support for several small Mom and Pop phone companies in NC, GA and SC ( even one in Charleston...whatta ya know :shock: )

I had to go by Burks yesterday afternoon after I got off work and get some of their hash and rice I usually get it with some of their mustard sauce on it as well...gooood stuff

brownkw
12-16-2012, 01:53 PM
There's another good place in Rock Hill to check out -- The Kickin' Pig. http://thekickinpig.com/

wnkt
12-17-2012, 09:40 AM
I tried them a while back...the pork was plain..little smoke...and tasted reheated

I drive by there quite often....they have a smoker out front that is running quite often.
I went by when they had it open a couple times....they had some wood burning on TOP of the grates...no meat.......so it is just for show

neuyawk
12-17-2012, 02:22 PM
I tried them a while back...the pork was plain..little smoke...and tasted reheated

I drive by there quite often....they have a smoker out front that is running quite often.
I went by when they had it open a couple times....they had some wood burning on TOP of the grates...no meat.......so it is just for show

That's a waste of good wood there.