Chef of the Week | Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott’s BBQ
While James Beard award-winning Chef Rodney Scott grew up and learned to cook in South Carolina, he’s been visiting Birmingham for years, teaming up with local chefs, helping raise money for Jones Valley Teaching Farm, and sharing his story and the secrets behind his pit barbecue. We caught up with Rodney on a zoom call earlier this week to find out how he’s doing during the current crisis and why he feels BBQ is the food we need to be eating right now.
Rodney Scott has a naturally upbeat personality, and people love him as much as his food, but he agrees it’s been hard to keep smiling lately. “This time has been tough on so many people,” he said. He knows he needs to keep positive though, for himself and customers. To keep his immune system strong, he takes juice shots with lemon, fresh ginger and cayenne almost every day. “They give me a real boost!”
Rodney is most famous for whole hog barbecue and all of his restaurants include a pit where the cooking can happen onsite. Diners love his ribs, though he said his BBQ chicken is pretty popular too. He’s a special fan of pulled pork, layered with pork skins and drizzled with sauce in a sandwich. Yum!
You can pre-order Rodney’s BBQ sandwiches and meals for pickup at this Saturday’s Drive Thru Market by clicking here. Visit Rodney Scott’s BBQ on 3rd Avenue South 7 days a week. And look for his two new Birmingham area locations, coming to Trussville and Homewood, in early 2021. Thanks Rodney, for bringing your love of fine BBQ to the Market and the Magic City. Today is a good day!