The Taino people of the Caribbean considered cooking Barbeque a sacred event. In fact the word barbeque was taken from their word "barabicu", which literally translates to "Sacred Fire Pit", by Europeans back in 1697. Traditional barbacoa involves digging a hole in the ground and placing some meat with a pot underneath it, so that the juices can make a hearty broth. It is then covered with maguey leaves and coal and set alight. The cooking process takes a few hours. It was the Spanish who first introduced the pig into the Americas and to the American Indians. The Indians, in turn, introduced the Spanish to the concept of true slow cooking with smoke. The Spanish colonists came to South Carolina in the early 16th century and settled at Santa Elena (Parris Island, SC). It was in that early American colony that Europeans first learned to prepare and to eat "real" barbecue. So, people were eating barbecue in South Carolina even before that name had been applied to the area by the English.


In the year 1795 Porky's BBQ would be located just inside the northern edge of the village of Charleston. You might have looked north to see the Line of Fortifications that helped to protect the city. That is how "Line Street" (one street north of Porky's) got it's name after all. In 1929 (or sometime in the 1900's, we don't really know) a road was laid a"cross" the town. It literally paved the way for people to journey across the new Grace Memorial bridge to Mount Pleasant in their 1927 Model A ford. We are not really sure why they did not think about flooding issues back then. For all we know it was an experiment to create a local watering hole so people could gosip about their co-workers. Maybe one day the city, state and federal folks will all sit down to eat at Porky's like the Native American's and Spanish and smoke a peace pipe to come up with a solution. Until then, when it rains it floods. So take your canoe to Porky's and well serve you from our floating paradise while you enjoy a nice waterfront dining experience.


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