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Monday, January 14, 2008

Little Pigs Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Q

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a virtual Mecca of dining, fine or otherwise. A person who claims that they can’t find something to eat here obviously doesn’t consume food from this planet. Even then, they still might find something. On this particular occasion I had my heart set on some good barbecue.
Having had my fill of the big flashy national chains, I was in the mood to eat like a local. If you want to know where the locals eat then that's who you have to ask. Fortunately I happen to know a few. When faced with the question of where to get the best barbecue in Myrtle Beach, pretty much everyone said the same thing: Little Pigs Bar-B-Q.
In my experience, the best barbecue places almost always look on the outside like no one would seriously want to eat there. Which is a good, because the best barbecue shacks are always so packed that they couldn’t accommodate another soul. Little Pigs is no exception. It’s located in what looks like the space of a 1970’s convenience store. Cumberland Farms comes to mind.
I was fortunate to visit on their first day open after having been closed for a family vacation. This change in their schedule threw off enough people so that getting a seat was no problem. The entire time I was at Little Pigs, they were doing a steady take-out business.
There are probably as many kinds of barbecue as there are barbecue lovers. Little Pigs specializes in chopped pork. It may not be the big star of the barbecue world, but chopped bar-b-q can be one of the most decadently satisfying eats around. This was that kind of chopped pork.
I got the Jumbo Sandwich Platter with baked beans and onion rings. And for all of you meat hounds out there that spend time with the non-meat eating folk, Little Pigs makes a grilled cheese. Make it a platter and it’s sure to satisfy as well as anything else on the menu.
I’ve had bad barbecue. All the sauce in the world can’t hide a dry, chewy, stringy, flavorless, desiccated…well, you get the idea. This was NOT bad barbecue. As a matter of fact this was some of the best I’ve had. It was tangy, a little smoky and moister than a patch of fresh moss on the north side of a Low Country barn. Yeah, it was that good. The baked beans were to my liking and the onion rings weren’t so bad either.
The only thing that I would really like to do differently the next time I eat at Little Pigs is to eat more. Hopefully by then I’ll have a new camera. The one I’m using now is so bad that I’ve had to get artsy to cover up the fact that it takes lousy pictures. Watch for a higher quality of photograph in future posts.

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