A pickle by any name
You can't be a Southerner and not eat pickles of some type. We will pickle anything that grows. A personal all-time favorite for us is Mount Pleasant's own "Mrs. Sassard's Jerusalem Artichoke Relish." Honestly, it's been on our plate for more decades than we will admit. We send it to friends and former Charleston residents for Christmas presents.
For something new, go to Nelli Grocery at 1901 Ashley River Road in West Ashley and try some Indian pickles. We love the Mother's brand Andhra Tomato Pickle, the mango and lime pickle. Often used as a condiment in Indian cuisine, the tomato pickle is a hot and sweet combination of tomatoes, tamarind and red chile peppers. We are experimenting using it in tomato sauces for pasta and in a tomato risotto.
Where's the beef?
The beef we are eating this week is grass-fed organic Angus beef from River Run Farms, a 400-acre spread near Santee. We're sampling their lean but intensely flavorful steaks, ground beef and sausages. We borrowed chef Sean Brock's recipe for hamburgers, which adds ground bacon with the ground beef, and made the best burger we have ever eaten at home.
You can find the owners, the Oliver Family, at the Charleston Farmers Market every Saturday.
Go by and talk to them. They have a great story about their sustainable farm and a great product to sell.
They do not have a website, but you can email for information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BBQ lovers unite
From reader Andrew Warchol: "After reading your article about the quest for a must-try Southern BBQ sauce, I have only 1 recommendation. Southern Comfort BBQ grilling sauce! I have tried numerous different kinds of sauces and preps for chicken, pork chops, and ribs and let me tell you, as soon as I run out of this sauce, we are at the farmers market the very next day it opens. It has the right mixes that just makes you want more! I have also used this sauce when preparing vegetables on the grill as well as a dash or two in some rice. Hands down this is the best sauce I have had since I have been in the South. Look for it at the Lowcountry farmers markets and festivals.
"Thanks for a summer packed with great tasting BBQ!"
Will Barwicks writes: "Really enjoying MIC-B's spicy sauce on chicken and pork. It's made in Sumter and carried by several Pigs (Piggly Wigglys) in Charleston." www.micbsspicysauce.com/products.htm.
And a new product on our radar, but we haven't tried it: Doc Crombie's Sauces is a local company that is launching three flavors of gourmet BBQ sauce at several local stores in the coming months. It is on the shelves at Coastal Cupboard in Mount Pleasant. We love the label, so we'll let you know.
If you have a favorite food, dish or product that should be on our plate, let us know at email@example.com.