About five years ago Billy began experimenting with different formulations of an all purpose seasoning he wanted to use in his personal cooking. Sugar and preservatives are the predominant ingredients in most seasonings found on supermarket shelves. Billy wanted natural spices without all the additives.
Two years later he was pleased with the blend. Of course, family is the first to hear and test everything. His sister-in-law coveted her ziplock bag of Billy’s Blast- hiding it in the pantry when her grown daughters came to visit (they were known to “borrow” her stash). It’s that good? Yes, it’s that good. After coming up with the million dollar name Billy’s Blast, the company registered under the domain name BillysBlast.com and had the logo professionally designed.
Initially Billy mixed and packaged Billy’s Blast- yes, seriously. But as happens with most good products word spread and the demand for Billy’s Blast outgrew his home packaging. Billy’s Blast is professionally mixed and packaged and recognized as a Certified South Carolina Product. (This is a big deal in the south!)
This first blend is the Original, with a subsequent blend of seasonings Sweet and Spicy, and Billy’s Blaze.
Billy is a South Carolina Certified Pitmaster and a BBQ judge. He frequently travels across the state to judge South Carolina Professional BBQ contests. He continues to expand his culinary skills taking classes- He just completed a Master Rib Class. He teaches BBQ/Smoking Classes 4 times a year as well as offering cooked BBQ for sale 3-4 times a year.
Before we opened “Montreux Bar and Grill” in Summerville, an unnamed patron at a local bar who looked like ZZ Top suggested the name and told the story about “Smoke on the Water”. We liked the name immediately. In keeping with the Montreux tradition, Thursday through Monday we bring live music “of every imaginable style” to Montreux Bar and Grill here in this grand old building (1862) in beautiful downtown Summerville, SC. We hope you enjoy the show…and the food…and the drinks too for that matter!
Lively spot featuring a sizable beer list, burgers & other bites & live music in a relaxed setting.
If you’re looking for a friendly spot to enjoy a cold beer & fresh local seafood in a laid back setting, you’re going to love Red’s Ice House. Located on historic Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, the original Red’s is the perfect spot for taking in Lowcountry wildlife and scenic Charleston sunsets. Our Seabrook location is just minutes from Kiawah, where you can enjoy views of Bohicket Creek and the unspoiled barrier island landscape while sipping on your favorite beverage.
The menu has all the barbecue standards — plates of plates of pulled pork, brisket, turkey, and chicken in addition to sandwiches and wraps like the smokehouse medley of brisket, pork, slaw, and pico as well as brisket tacos. Sides that are available include collards, mashed potatoes, baked beans, potato salad, and mac ‘n’ cheese.
“We’ll also sell shrimp baskets,” says owner Doug Allison. Southern Roots uses local shrimper Mikel Glenn’s shrimp. “We won’t just have barbecue. We’ll have a burger as well. I wanted to call it Southern Roots Smokehouse And More because we’re trying to make it family friendly and serve many genres of food.”
Long before there were oasts and flagships on Morrison Drive, there was the Tattooed Moose. A neighborhood dive bar festooned with stuffed critters, including its namesake, the Moose hit paydirt a few years ago as one of the first places in town to be featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. To their credit, aside from the crowds (deservedly) getting a little bigger, the fame hasn’t gone to their antlers. The Moose is known for its cold beer, killer sandwiches, and its duck fat fries. Oh, the fries. Served three ways, you can get your fries straight-up, with roasted garlic and blue cheese or with a side of gravy. For your main dish, try their famous duck confit club sandwich, a Thanksgiving sandwich, or the Lucky No. 1, with pork belly with kimchi, tomatoes, cucumbers, fried onions, spicy wasabi mayo, and sweet red chili sauce. It’s hard to go wrong with Sunday brunch at the Moose, with local favorites like their sweet take on a monte cristo or peanut butter and banana french toast.
Like neighborhood taverns of old, Tavern & Table on Shem Creek is designed to be that local gathering place where friends and family get together for classic cocktails and spectacular handcrafted food in an atmosphere as comfortable as your living room. The inventive menu, created by Executive Chef Katie Lorenzen, celebrates the flavors of the Lowcountry using as many local vendors, fishermen and farmers as possible. Tavern & Table is rustic but refined offering familiar flavors presented with a little flair and a lot of fun.