Gwen Fowler



Try 'Living in a Barbecue World' at Greenwood festival

Posted 6/8/2012 5:53:00 PM

A South Carolina barbecue competition has its own theme song from one of South Carolina’s favorite sons and blues guitarists.

Musician Drink Small has recorded “Living in a Barbecue World,” and it is the official song of the South Carolina Festival of Discovery in Greenwood July 12-14.

A Bishopville native, Small will be performing at the festival 9-11 p.m. Friday, July 13, in the CenturyLink Main Tent. The blues guitarist will turn 80 in January.

Festival of Discovery is a serious barbecue competition; it’s a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event. But it’s also a serious music festival, a three-day celebration of blues music called the Greenwood Blues Cruise

“It’s sort of a pub crawl downtown, with eight or nine music venues,” said Charlie Barrineau, Greenwood city manager. “You can go to a restaurant or club and hear music.”

But if you’re like Drink Small, you might be more interested in celebrating barbecue. In the theme song, he sings, “I’ve been eating barbecue so long it’s hard for me to give it up.”

About 80 teams – with about one-fourth of them from South Carolina -- will be competing in this state championship.

While certified Kansas City Barbeque Society judges pick their favorites, the public also gets to vote. The Taster’s Choice sampling session and contest will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. For a $1 ticket, you get a sample of a barbecue. You also receive one voting ticket with the purchase of five sample tickets so you can vote for your favorite.

The festival is also a celebration of hash, that mixture of pork, potatoes, onions and rice that often accompanies barbecue. It’s sometimes known as Black Kettle Hash because it is often cooked in black iron pots.

“Hash has got an amazing history, from fire departments or families staying up all night long with their hash,” Barrineau said.

Carolina Pride, a Greenwood meat company, is the sponsor.