The main reason why I planned to visit Charleston SC, was to visit Fort Sumter.
The fort was involved in the first shots of the American Civil War, and I was fascinated by it’s involvement. I planned to take the two an half hour cruise to visit the National Park site, before driving five hours to Atlanta GA.
The ferry departed from Patriots Point, home of the retired aircraft carrier U.S.S. Yorktown.
I paid for my $18 ticket, and bought some souvenirs whilst waiting.
The trip was around half an hour, with one hour at Fort Sumter to explore.
The whole experience was fantastic, and it was hard to imagine living on the Fort during the war, with constant bombardment from the enemy! The remains of the lower level of the outer wall is all that remains.
The one hour passed quite quickly, I was the last one on the ferry for the return trip home!
The commentary on board the ferry gave a great insight to the involvement of Charleston during the civil war, and the half hour trip was over in a flash!
It was around 1330 by the time I hit the road, and I wasn’t looking forward to the five hour drive! At least it would be the last ‘long’ drive for my trip.
I arrived at my Atlanta accommodation, DoubleTree by Hilton, Atlanta Airport, just after 1830.
I had met Bennett Hollberg, who was a friend of Carey Bringle from Peg Leg Porker, at the Memphis in May BBQ event.
He was the director of culinary operations at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Atlanta, and he had invited me to come and check out their operation on the last day of my adventure.
I rang him to arrange a visit after checking in, and he said that he would try to fit me in, and told me to come straight away as it gets busy soon!
He wasn’t joking and when if arrived there, the car park was full! I ended up parking in the street around the corner, about 600m away.
There was a line waiting out front, which meant that it must be good BBQ!
The place was full inside, and while I was waiting for the staff to get Bennett, I was impressed by the atmosphere and energy of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q.
The staff all looked happy, and they were certainly kept busy. The tour went everywhere, and I was looking forward to eating after seeing behind the scenes!
Bennett suggested a Combo Plate, two meats with four chicken wings, and two sides.
I chose the brisket and ribs, along with Brunswick stew and fried okra as the sides.
My first impression was how huge the meal was, but being my last taste of BBQ on this trip, I was pleased with what lay before me!
The brisket was moist and full of flavour and the ribs had a great bite and taste.
I had never tried Brunswick Stew before, and after the first mouthful, I was hooked! The fried okra was fantastic, made even more special after seeing it being prepared.
For me, the wings were the winner on this dish, plump, a fantastic smoky taste and succulent! I could have eaten a dozen just by themselves!
Bennett came by to see how the meal was going and during our chat, it turned out that he was off to Peg Leg Porker in Nashville for a book launch event.
He bid farewell and left me to enjoy my meal. As I finished the last of those magic wings, it suddenly dawned on me that this was the last BBQ meal on my fantastic BBQ adventure. I was feeling pleased with myself, and paid my bill before heading back to the hotel. If you are ever in Atlanta, and looking for BBQ with atmosphere, head to Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, you won’t be disappointed!