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The Best I Ever Had in South Carolina: Stewart Cink

Bob Gillespie Bob Gillespie
Bob is a former sports writer at Columbia’s The State newspaper. He enjoys golf at South Carolina’s 360-plus courses, and after a round, sampling craft beers from the Palmetto State’s breweries.
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WHO - Stewart Cink lives in Georgia but owns a lake house on Lake Keowee in South Carolina near the Blue Ridge mountains. The veteran PGA Tour player won the 2009 British Open and has two RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing to his credit, winning in 2000 and 2004.

HIS FAVORITE SC DISH - "The best thing I ever had in South Carolina is the mustard-based barbecue sauce at the Spotted Pig BBQ restaurant," near Fair Play.

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL - "I love barbecue, and I love regional barbecue, so I'm a big fan of Texas-style barbecue and Eastern Carolina vinegar and South Carolina mustard. It's regional, I love the history of it and I love the taste. It's always just fun to experiment with different places and see what they come up with, the recipes, and Spotted Pig has a good yellow-mustard sauce. It's just off Exit 1 on I-85 (Fair Play). Our lake house is near there (Lake Keowee) and we pass it on the way up there."

WHAT THE CHEF SAYS - Jon Elsberry, owner/cook: "We've got a cool little thing on our sauce bottle that says it all. We've been here for 10 years and we use all-natural, top ingredients. We try to serve the best. What makes it special, I think, is that we're from Florida, so it has a little twist on Florida style and South Carolina style. The sauce is a little thicker and has a mix of vinegar and mustard in it. For someone like Stewart to say he likes it means a lot."

Bob Gillespie
Bob is a former sports writer at Columbia’s The State newspaper. He enjoys golf at South Carolina’s 360-plus courses, and after a round, sampling craft beers from the Palmetto State’s breweries.