TV show to feature McClellanville oyster roaster and Hemingway barbecue master tonight
The season premier of “Man Fire Food” on the Cooking Channel will feature two local men who have blended tradition and ingenuity with the culinary arts.
Roger Mooking, the show’s host, visited Rodney Scott, owner of Scott’s Bar-B-Q in Hemingway and Oliver Thames of McClellanville who invented a unique oyster roaster.
The episode, titled “Carolina Surf and Turf,” will air on Monday, June 3, at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Mooking said the show focusses on cooking with fire because fire is primal and communal.
“Everybody has an affinity to a certain type of wood, depending on the flavor they are looking for,” Mooking said.
Scott and Thames said they enjoyed having the host visit and they are excited to see the episode.
“I was truly amazed,” Scott said. “It is just surreal to think that a network so large could find places like this.”
Scott’s parents, Roosevelt and Ella, started the business with their secret family recipe in 1972 and he took over in 2011.
Thames and his wife, Debbie, the former owners of Bulls Bay Hardware and Supply on Highway 17, are now in the business of offering wood fire oyster roasts using their portable roasters which they also sell.
He agreed that being on “Man Fire Food” is exciting.
“We are grateful that they have an interest in what we are doing,” Thames said. “You can’t get any better exposure than national TV.”
Scott said what makes his process for cooking barbecue unique is the fact that they use only wood and they cut their own wood.
“A lot of things people used to do, and kind of got away from, we still do,” Scott said.
“We are just a family-style place and we are glad to share our family recipe. There is nothing big or fancy about us.”
He explained that the restaurant only has a few tables inside and outside and most people get their barbecue to go.
Mooking said he was impressed with the wood fire and the method of applying the three-generation spice rub — using a mop.
“It is very tasty and delicious,” Mooking said. “They are known for having truckers detour their route to go by there. People come from far away to check this place out. It is legendary.”
Visit Scott’s Bar-B-Q on Facebook, or call 843-558-0134 for more information.
Bulls Bay Oyster Roast
Thames, who has lived in McClellanville for 33 years, said his method for cooking oysters is based on the traditional Lowcountry way using a wood fire, a steel plate and placing a burlap sack over the clusters of oysters.
The portable wood fire oyster roaster he invented uses these same elements, but allows the user to set up wherever, whenever.
“It has a fire box and looks similar to an oyster table, only with shorter legs,” Thames said. “You still get that same smoky taste and by using the burlap, the oysters cook in their own juices.”
For more information, visit Bulls Bay Oyster Roast on Facebook, or call 843-412-8973. They will have a website up shortly, Thames said.
By Clayton Stairs
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