I knew that I had multiple stops planned over the upcoming 300+ miles on the road so I decided on a large pork sandwich with a side of fried okra. Peering over the counter, I could see the Southern Pride smoker, a deep fryer, and a couple banners that had little if anything to do with Smokin' Stokes Barbecue. My food arrived in a few minutes and I took a seat in the dining hall next to an old timer who appeared to weigh an impressive 105 lbs.
The fried okra was as expected -- pre-made by a distributor -- and the pork in the sandwich at first glance appeared very dry and not fresh. I pinched a little sample of the pork and it had a fairly solid taste -- little salty, little smoky. I lined up the sauces -- mustard, mild, cheerwine, hot -- and squirted little dollops on my fingertips. Mustard = not good. Mild = good flavor but lacked the heat or kick that I believe complements barbecue so well. Cheerwine = tasted like Mr. Pibb barbecue sauce. Although I didn't really like the flavor, I still couldn't stop myself from constantly trying it over and over again. To date, it is definitely the most unique sauce I've ever tried. Hot = mild sauce + spice = perfect for my sandwich.
The sandwich was good and was definitely improved with a healthy coverage of hot sauce but was still nothing too exciting. The most memorable experience at Smokin' Stokes was the cheerwine barbecue sauce and it was something I can say that I'm happy I've tried in my life. I look forward to another trip through South Carolina where I can sample more of what the state has to offer but Smokin' Stokes won't be on my agenda.