Charleston’s Rodney Scott named finalist for national Barbecue Hall of Fame

Kansas City, MO. (WCSC) — Charleston restaurant owner Rodney Scott has been named one of nine semi-finalists for the 2020 Barbecue Hall of Fame.

Scott, of Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ, was selected for the honor by The American Royal, according to a news release.

Rodney Scott is a semi-finalist for the 2020 Barbecue Hall of Fame. (Source: Provided)

Scott is the only barbecue restaurant owner in the southeast to be named as a semifinalist.

Scott’s restaurant is located on King Street in downtown Charleston. Scott has a second location in Birmingham, Alabama and a third coming to Atlanta.

Each year, the Barbecue Hall of Fame inducts three people who have impacted the world of BBQ.

The other nominees are:

  • William (Bill) Arnold, Washington, MO
  • Joe Don Davidson, Stillwater & Broken Arrow, OK
  • Aaron Franklin, Austin, TX
  • Meathead Goldwyn, Chicago, IL
  • John Markus, London, OH (past) & Manhattan, NY (present)
  • Desiree Robinson, Memphis, TN
  • Darren Warth, Des Moines, IA
  • Lee Ann Whippen, Chicago, IL (past) & Tampa, FL (present)

Scott and the other semi-finalists were selected from more than 60 nominees. Hall of Fame voting members will review and select from the semi-finalists.

The Barbecue Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and events will take place during the 41st American Royal World Series of Barbecue in September.

The Hall of Fame will announce the three 2020 inductees on May 27.

In 2018, Rodney Scott won the James Beard award for Best Chef for the Southeast.

Scott’s family originally opened a convenience store in Hemingway and began preparing whole hog BBQ on a regular basis.

In 2010, Scott participated in the Charleston Wine and Food Festival where his personality and his BBQ became a hit in the Lowcountry.

He opened his own restaurant in Charleston in July of 2016.