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Beasley’s BBQ Sauce now bottled locally

Ever heard of Apple Pie barbecue sauce before? Not likely, unless you are a serious BBQ aficionado, or perhaps know Walterboro native Kyle Beasley. The first fruit-based barbecue sauce he created, the apple pie sauce, is now available for retail purchase along with four other of his specialty sauces. After a lifetime of cooking meat, sauces and everything in between, Beasley is a budding businessman who is more comfortable with the job title of pitmaster.
The Smoke In The Boro team cooking competition on March 19 was the first time his barbecue sauces were available for purchase. Five different flavors in five bottles seated in a wooden tray will cost you $45. Mango sauce, Blueberry sauce, Apple Pie sauce, Orange Tangerine Sauce and a traditional Mustard sauce are contained in the BBQ sauce kit. Kim Bernardi was serving the barbecue tasting cups that day, and she directed me back to the cooking station where Beasley was cutting up Boston Butts.
“I’ve been cooking barbecue and hash in Walterboro for 30 years now,” said Kyle Beasley. “I love barbecue. My hash has won a number of local contests. But I also try other styles like jerk chicken and when we cater an event, I like to tell folks that I handle everything from the rice to the ice. Beasley’s BBQ Catering has been up and running for three years now and we have one food trailer for the cookers, and a second trailer is under construction.”
A pitmaster often becomes fond of his cookers because they tend to get the meat to a desired temperature in a different duration of time, and a fine-tuning process takes place over time. “My smoker can hold 200 slabs of ribs and I call that one Big Bertha,” said Beasley. “But my favorite is called Black Betty, and it’s a 250-gallon drum cooker that is big enough to hold a whole hog. I only use real wood to smoke the meat on this cooker, and I prefer using pecan wood to make the best tasting BBQ.”
Beasley is a member of the South Carolina Barbecue Association and enjoys the team cooking competitions they sponsor. Though he finished out of the running at Smoke In The ‘Boro, later that evening when some of the visiting teams were leaving town, Beasley was at the high school cooking for another local occasion. Beasley’s BBQ catering does weddings and a wide range of events, and he was back in action on March 25 cooking at the Welch Creek Civic Center, during a fundraiser for sheriff candidate Chris Lovelace.
“It was about a year ago that the process to bottle our sauces began,” said Beasley. “We went to the Colleton Commercial Kitchen and realized that we were some of the exact candidates that they were looking for, and their manager Matt Mardel has been a big help. Business partner Nick Stratton and I had thought about trying out for the TV show Shark Tank with our unique sauces, but the Colleton farmer’s market and the commercial kitchen seemed like a better fit.”
Right now the sauces are available for sale at Plumber’s Friend store in Walterboro, but Beasley is hoping to have them in the IGA store soon. “Folks can always visit the Internet at www.BeasleysBBQ.com for the latest information as we grow our marketing campaign,” said Beasley. “I have five sauces in the bottle now, but I have 20 more ready to go, and I also am planning a line of fruit-based hot sauces too.” The Beasley’s BBQ Catering page on Facebook is the best way to keep up with what Kyle Beasley has on the grill wherever he is cooking.
“Right now I am fired up about being free to travel and cook for other folks,” said Beasley. “My sauces are good on all meats, or even French fries and other things and I learn a lot when we get feedback from people who are eating my sauces for the first time.” Would he ever think about opening a restaurant in the future? The answer for now is that he has to focus on the product he is bringing to market, but if he ever did want a restaurant, it would definitely be located in Walterboro.

Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at LowcountryOutdoors.com

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Jeff Dennis is a Lowcountry native. Read his blog at www.LowcountryOutdoors.com