PROSPERITY — Alan and Peggy Stockman are carrying on their parents tradition by opening the doors to Stockman’s Bar-B-Que.
Their parents, Robert K. “Bo” and Annie Rose Stockman, ran the restaurant from 1957-1988.
“Everyone that you see here running the restaurant are either children or grandchildren. This is what they call ‘old fashioned’, pit cooked barbecue over hickory wood. This is all done in wood fire pits,” said Stockman.
Stockman added that not a lot of people cook the type of barbecue that Stockman’s Bar-B-Que does because it’s too hard.
“We wanted to carry on a family tradition. I didn’t want to deviate from that. I didn’t want it to be unique,” said Stockman.
Peggy Stockman added that many of the customers that came on opening day remembered when the building was open, nearly 30 years ago.
The Stockmans don’t want to be known as just a restaurant, but a family-owned restaurant that involves the whole family, saying that this is their way of paying tribute to their parents.
Stockman’s Bar-B-Que offers pork by the pound, hash and sauce. Stockman said that they plan on growing the menu as they progress.
“Some people were disappointed because we sold out early. Theses recipes are from my mother and father. The customers that we had on opening day, we had two people that we know of that told us they traveled all the way from Darlington that used to live here,” said Stockman.
At the moment, Stockman’s Bar-B-Que is only open on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until they sell out of food. They are also open on select holidays. People are encouraged to visit Stockman’s Bar-B-Que’s Facebook page to stay up to date. Send a message or call 803-364-2858 for more information. Stockman’s Bar-B-Que does not cater at this time.
Stockman said that despite just opening, the support from the community has been wonderful.
“The support from the community has been just awesome. Everybody that came in said ‘We’ve been waiting so long for this,’ said Stockman. “It takes the whole family and their children to do this. We are the children of Annie Rose and Robert Stockman that done this years ago, and of course we used to help them. It’s just a family tradition that we wanted to continue. We are all together working here.”
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