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Williams, Willie Lee

Willie Lee “Huddie” Williams, hashmaster
Willie Lee “Huddie” Williams, hashmaster

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The Ben and Sue Williams’ Family Reunion in Varnville, SC is a large affair where people come from all around to taste the famous Williams’ hash. This is a hogshead/liver mix hash cooked without variation for almost thirty years by Willie Lee “Huddie” Williams. Preparation of the hash requires twelve hours of cooking so that the preliminaries are already going on when family members from across the U.S. begin arriving the afternoon of July 3rd each year. The aroma of the hash cooking all night with its special seasonings lingers into the morning of July 4th with all events leading up to the dinner where hash served over rice is the centerpiece. In addition to being featured in the documentary Carolina Hash: A Taste of South Carolina, Willie Lee “Huddie” Williams received a Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award in 2001.

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bullet icon Williams' Family Reunion Hash (02:37)

Vernon McQuire speaks on the process of butchering the hog and Darrin Williams, Huddie’s son, talks of his father’s cooking process

bullet icon Hash ingredients (02:30)

Willie Lee “Huddie” Williams and his hash cooking team add a series of ingredients to the famous Williams’ Family Reunion hash

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