For Jimmy Hagood, Food for the Southern Soul™ isn’t just the name of his specialty food and catering business; it is his way of life. Following his passion, Hagood has made an indelible mark on the Lowcountry food scene. As a barbecue impresario and an advocate of coastal South Carolina’s unique culinary culture, he has brought national visibility to the art of barbecue cooking and further elevated high-quality Southern pantry items.
Slow cooking began as a hobby for Hagood. An insurance advisor, he spent weekends basting pork shoulders infused with his special marinades and taste testing recipes. In March of 2002, Hagood took his food focus full-time. He traded his briefcase for a 27-foot-long barbecue rig to launch Tidewater Foods and Catering, LLC and the BlackJack Barbecue & Sauce Company.
Hagood’s natural talents were evident from the start – he simultaneously managed a full-scale catering and barbecue business, bottled his award-winning sauces and dry rubs and earned his pitmaster stripes in top national competitions. By 2004, Hagood’s BlackJack Barbecue Mustard Sauce had captured the taste buds of judges with a 5th place finish at the Memphis in May World BBQ Championship.
Further investing in the heritage of Lowcountry fare, in 2005, Hagood moved to acquire some of the South’s finest food brands. Many local companies were facing uncertain futures with no heirs to continue the family traditions. Hagood saw an opportunity to keep the authentic products on shelves and expand their reach beyond local farmers markets and roadside stands.
Under the Food for the Southern Soul™ umbrella, Hagood has combined his own Blackjack and Tidewater products with the well-known Charleston Favorites and Rockland Plantation Lines. From shrimp sauce and dry rubs to stone-ground grits and artichoke relish, Hagood is keeping the tradition of soulful Southern food alive, off road and online at www.foodforthesouthernsoul.com.