Saturday, June 30

Okracast: Douglas Oliver of Sweatman's Bar-B-Que in Holly Hill, SC

Douglas Oliver, Sweatman's Bar-B-Que, 2012. Photo by Denny Culbert

This month's okracast is hot off the pit! Just a few weeks ago, Rien Fertel recorded this oral history with Douglas Oliver of Sweatman's Bar-B-Que in Holly Hill, SC.

"After two decades of smoking whole hogs for the people of Holly Hill, South Carolina, Harold 'Bub' Sweatman built his eponymous brick-and-mortar joint in 1977" writes Rien Fertel. "Douglas Oliver, who grew up on a farm down the road, started working at Sweatman's not long after it opened. Hired as a meat-cutter, Oliver trained under legendary pitmaster Chalmon Smalls. This interview with Oliver was taped on a late Thursday evening when the pit veteran works from mid-afternoon til just after sunrise. Between firing the hogs with oak and hickory coals every thirty-five minutes, he enjoys the night's bucolic silence. 'This is what I like,' he tells me, 'Quiet.'"

Look for the SFA's South Carolina collection of barbecue oral histories to appear on the Southern BBQ Trail website later this summer.

Grab some headphones and go!