Headed to the Georgia coast? We’ve got three things you need to add to your list of things to pick up while on vacation.
Southern Soul Barbecue on St. Simon’s
Southern Living magazine named Southern Soul Barbecue the South’s best barbecue for 2017. Their meats are amazing (we loved the turkey breast) and their sides are delicious (especially the collard greens), but we love the sauce. They make two barbecue sauces (Sweet Georgia Soul and Hot Georgia Soul), four hot sauces and a dry rub. We loved their signature sauce, Sweet Georgia Soul, for its rich sweetness – a mixture of mustard, sugars, vinegars and a whole lot of seasonings. If you’re anywhere on the Georgia coast you will want to eat there in person and take home a big bag full of their products including the one-pound smoked bologna roll. But if you can’t, they offer mail order as well. $14.00 for two 12-ounce bottles of BBQ sauce. Southern Soul Barbecue, 2020 Demere Road, St. Simon’s Island. 912-638-7685. http://southernsoulbbq.com. Also available at the Williams Sonoma shop at Ponce City Market.
Low Country Fish Fry from Canewater Farm in Darien
Ansley and Rafe Rivers farm on 20 acres between Knox Creek and the Carneghan River. With the help of eight employees they call “wonderful,” they grow certified organic vegetables of all sorts, sorghum for syrup and non-GMO corn they mill into grits and cornmeal. Sifted cornmeal then yields corn flour or polenta. You can buy the straight grains, or their cornbread mix or fish fry. We tried the Low Country Fish Fry, a recipe that was Ansley’s dad’s. It’s a well-seasoned mix of organic non-GMO corn with pepper salt, paprika and more. There are no preservatives, so you need to keep it refrigerated. It’s great on fish, as intended, but works just as well on chicken, shrimp or oysters, and makes a tasty addition to hush puppies. The farm is in Darien, just north of Brunswick and south of Savannah, and the corn is milled at their family’s mountain farm in Ellijay. You can enjoy their vegetables and grains at more than 40 restaurants in the Golden Isles area, visit their booth at the Saturday Forsyth Farmers Market in Savannah or stop by Turnip Greens in Darien and pick up a bag. $6.99 per 1 3/4 pound bag. Turnip Greens, 109 N. Walton Street, Darien. 912-689-9638. Also available online at http://canewaterfarm.com.
Honeycomb Candy from The Commissary on Jekyll Island
Dale and Anna Fisher of Honey on the Hill keep bees up in the north Georgia mountains not far from the South Carolina state line. They sell their honey but they also make gourmet lollipops (we tried their blueberry honey pop) and old-fashioned honeycomb candy in several flavors. Honeycomb candy is a honey-sweetened mixture heated to about 300 degrees and then leavened with a little baking soda. The result is an airy candy that melts on your tongue. The Fishers gild the lily by drizzling the honeycomb candy with milk chocolate and bits of toffee for their Toffee flavor, or top it with milk chocolate and pecans for their Queen’s Favorite (which is our favorite, too). You can make an appointment to visit in north Georgia or you can find their products at Just Add Honey and Lucy’s Market in Atlanta. If you’re visiting the Jekyll Island Historic District, pick up a bag or two at The Commissary, 24 Pier Road, Jekyll Island. 912-635-2878. http://honeyonthehill.com.