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Smokin Mustard Hash With The Hog Hauler South Carolina Style Hash

mustard hash

What’s New With Meg?

I’m on a South Carolina food journey to chow down at the best restaurant in each of the 46 counties while seeking the Top 100 Food Dishes To Eat In South Carolina While Alive, Or, Before Dead, Whichever Comes First.

Why This Stop?

Last week I wrote about hash.  My friend had asked me if I had ever tried hash?

I said yes, maybe, and then, I don’t know.

Although this beef hash from Midway BBQ in Union County doesn’t look like much, or actually quite nasty, I absolutely loved it. (pictured in the lower left corner.)

Midway BBQ

BBQ pork, macaroni and cheese, butter beans, white bread, marinated vegetables, and beef hash. Midway BBQ, Buffalo SC

I am now obsessed with hash, South Carolina hash that is.

Tasty Tuesday –  This Tuesday, I am writing about hash from Henry’s Smokehouse in Grenville, South Carolina.  Although this is not a “best of 46 counties” dish, it is in my humble opinion that anyone seeking unique regional food should check out South Carolina hash.

The Place Henry’s Smokehouse in Greenville South Carolina.

The Dish– Although Mustard Hash was on my South Carolina bucket list, I stumbled upon Henry’s Smokehouse serving up some hash quite by accident.   I had some company in town and we decided to check out a barbecue competition. My companions went for the beer and I went for the food.

Hub City Hog Fest is a barbecue competition that benefits Mobile Meals of Spartanburg. The community gets access to some of the best barbecue in the world and gives to the community.

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Spartanburg’s Hub City Hog Fest 4/6/18 to benefit Mobile Meals

 

However, since it was hours before the competition and food tasting was to begin, I checked out the food trucks and decided upon “The Hog Hauler.

The Hog hauler

The Hog Hauler Henry’s Smokehouse Food Truck at Hub City Hog Fest 2018

The Hog Hauler

The Hog Hauler Food Truck from Henry’s Smokehouse at Spartanburg’s SC Hub City Hog Fest

With a varied menu, the staff was able to give some great advice on food choices, while one suggested I try a mix of hash and macaroni and cheese, the other staff tried to talk me out of that choice.  Another staff member told me that he had lived in the “lowlands” of SC his entire life and had only eaten hash on rice, and was surprised to learn that people eat it on a sandwich.

I wanted to taste the hash in its pure state so they accommodated me with hash, some pulled pork, and I am into macaroni and cheese so against all of the other worker’s opinion, I decided to mix them up.

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Henry’s Smokehouse BBQ clockwise L-R pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, hash.

And yes, I did mix the macaroni with some hash and it was quite tasty.  Although I now spend my Saturday nights watching documentaries on hash, I’m not yet a hash expert.   I did learn it may be a bit of a faux pas to ask what was in the hash.  However, I needed to know if it was beef, or pork, or bits of this and that. When chatting it up with the staff, I asked what kind of hash they cooked up and learned that this mustard hash was beef and pork based.  And no, I didn’t ask specifics.

So what’s the 4/20?  I liked it a lot.  Henry’s Smokehouse uses quality meats and hickory wood to cook at low temperatures and then hand pulled. I really loved the beef hash from Midway BBQ and that may now be a tough act to follow. I found the pork tasty and the macaroni and cheese a bit above average.

I give the mustard hash 4 MEGastars **** I would have no qualms sending folks to award-winning Henry’s Smokehouse, especially to try some mustard based hash. The Hub City Hog Fest was a 5 MEGastar stop.  I had a blast and learned so much. To note,  the SC Barbecue Association has deemed Henry’s BBQ to be 100-Mile BBQ, BBQ worth driving 100 miles for. Henry’s also has earned a long list of accolades.

MEGathought – This blog will release just before 4/20 and it was so difficult for me to hold off on hash jokes but I respect South Carolina food so much that I am going to take the high road.

MEGatips 

  1. Henry’s has grown to three Locations; Two in Greenville, and one in Simpsonville. Also, a Food Truck called The Hog Hauler. The website is thorough and should answer any questions that you might have. Henry’s Smokehouse
  2. Henry’s Meats must be good for you because the website states that they are the leanest butts in town.
  3. I would think that the hash would be fantastic in either a sandwich or over rice. If I had to liken it to anything, I might say overall hash reminds me of turkey gravy over white bread. Of course, this hash is mustard based.
  4. Henry’s has tomato based mild BBQ sauce and a mustard-based spicy sauce.
  5. Hash can be ordered as a single order plate, with sides, or bulk in ½ lb or 1 lb.
  6. Don’t be afraid to mix up that hash. Have fun, go crazy!
  7. Do support your local Mobile Meals and these fantastic community events!
  8. And go ahead and google 4:20 jokes. So wrong but yet so right.

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ABOUT:  This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post and may be helpful if you are new to my food escapades.

*100 Dishes To Eat In South Carolina While Alive or Before You Die, Whichever Comes First.” is my compilation of food to chow down on “Carolina style.” It is my S.C. Food Bucket List and you may follow along as I chow down like Ms. Pacman in another gorgeous state that I call home.

[1] I am loosely following Snacks of Jax 2016 46 County Best Restaurant List as a guide. From the Mom and Pop diner to the James Beard Chef, this journey is an opportunity for me to explore my new state and experience pride in food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food.  From my bucket list, I select stops based on convenience of location and they are in no particular order (but I already have a few favorites.)  [1] http://www.snacksofjax.com

I use a 5 MEGastar rating system.  For the most part, I am traveling a distance to try these dishes and generally, the experience gets one shot at how I view the food.   I factor this in using my own star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes and people behind them. I’m very easy to please, I can overlook quite a bit and have worked in the foodservice industry.

  • *Meh food. Just wasn’t good. Maybe the food came from a can? Or, the place was not one that I would want to send someone to show pride in South Carolina.   This has happened to me a few times and is always a difficult write.
  • ** Passable – the food was “ok” but the place was not “ok” or vice versa.
  • *** Good but not outstanding or unique.
  • **** Very tasty dish AND meets one of the definitions set forth by Alabama Foods/Tourism, of local food and/or truly highlights Alabama Pride.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. And/Or, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else.

[1] Snacks of Jax Snacksofjax.com 2016 46 Best County Restaurant List

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