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Banana Pudding: Southern or Not?

Libby Wiersema Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 35 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.
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Cool, creamy, crunchy - Southern banana pudding hits all the sweet spots.

The pulled pork and ribs are long gone, and that means it's time for the crowning conclusion to your Southern barbecue: a glorious bowl of banana pudding. Beloved by South Carolinians, this dessert is a tradition in home kitchens and restaurants, alike. You’ll find it among the desserts at barbecue houses, meat-and-threes, picnics and potlucks across the state. And if you search the internet for a recipe, you’ll get overwhelming returns for “Southern Banana Pudding.” So, this begs the question: What makes "naner puddin" Southern? Short answer: Nobody knows. What we do know is that these South Carolina restaurants whip up versions that thrill even the most discerning banana pudding connoisseurs. 

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Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Charleston serves Ella’s Banana Pudding, a house-made delicacy that makes a perfect ending to a perfect barbecue dinner.
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At One Hot Mama’s in Hilton Head, shortbread cookies give classic banana pudding a rich twist.
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Midwood Smokehouse in Columbia makes fresh banana pudding daily to satisfy your Southern sweet tooth.
Libby Wiersema
Libby Wiersema lived in California and Alabama before settling in South Carolina 35 years ago, where she's covered the state's best culinary offerings and tells the stories behind the food.