“We want them to see what true southern hospitality is,” Smokin’ Hot Grill and BBQ General Manager Wendy Sissell said.
If you spend any amount of time with her you’ll know exactly what that phrase of southern hospitality means. She’s quick with a smile and even better at making you feel like friends, even if this is your first meeting..
She’s been with them since they opened and in fact some of those delightful dishes that come to your table are recipes straight from her own kitchen.
“Being from here in South Carolina, being an Horry County girl everything we do we want it to be just like you do it in your backyard.” Sissell said.
The idea starts with the famous secret rub primed into what will soon become a billowing cloud of smoked perfection delivered right to your table.
“We make everything true Carolina style because our rub is amazing,” Sissell said. “When we send it to the table we don’t send any sauce on it. We want you to be able to taste the rub and all of the sauces and you decide which one of our four southern style’s that you like the best.”
Owners Chris an Cindy Tobin have two different stops at Barefoot Landing. In addition to Smokin’ Hot they also feature Sweet Molly’s Creamery. It’s named after their dog Molly and is the former Maggie Moo’s with a different name but still homemade quality ice cream and service.
The Tobin’s have been a part of the Barefoot Landing family for over a decade. They say the love the atmosphere it provides especially with the picturesque waterway views.
Their idea of service to the customer is something you’ll find at both locations and one of the big reasons Wendy says she really enjoys working for them.
“We want you to come in, sit down and enjoy the view and the service and be able to relax,” Sissell said. “We want them to feel like they’re part of our families. We’ll sit down and talk with them. Hopefully by the time they leave we know everything about them as much as they know about us.”
Smokin’ Hot and Sweet Molly’s will be two of the many different restaurants featured at the first ever Septemberfest. The event will take place Saturday September 19th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The event includes the “Flavor of the Landing” food tasting, which will showcase approximately 15 restaurants in the shopping center.
Specialty and artisan vendors, along with kids activities, will also be part of the festivities.
Tickets for the tasting are $1 each, and each food sampling during the tasting will take 1 to 5 tickets. Proceeds go to the Lowcountry Food Bank.