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The Best I Ever Had in South Carolina: Dabo Swinney

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WHO - Dabo Swinney became Clemson's head football coach in 2008 after five seasons as wide receivers coach and assistant head coach. Now heading into his twelfth season as head coach, he has led the Tigers to 12 bowl games and four trips to the College Football Championship, winning National Titles in 2016 and 2018. His record upon completing the 2018 season is 116-30, including a perfect 15-0 record in 2018.

HIS FAVORITE SC DISH - "The best thing I ever had in South Carolina is the brisket barbecue from Smokin' Pig in Pendleton."

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL - "The brisket at Smokin' Pig is awesome. I like a lot of South Carolina foods - the steak at Halls Chop House is big-time; I love the blackened chicken at Pixie & Bill's and the bisque at Blue Heron; and I love Krispy Kreme doughnuts - but real food? It's Smoking' Pig; I love the brisket, just the flavor of it, how they char it a little bit on the edge, the burnt ends. It's tender so you don't have to have a knife to cut it. We bring it into the office all the time for recruiting functions and things like that. It's awesome."

WHAT THE CHEF SAYS - Deena Pierce, spokesperson for Smokin' Pig: "Our made-by-hand barbecue and sides will keep you coming back for more, time and time again. That's especially true of our brisket, which we believe is the best you'll find outside of Texas. We work all week preparing for our weekend (Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.) celebration of all things barbecue, plus our delicious side items."

Bob Gillespie
Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.