Socastee Station

They’re called Bog Balls. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. What the heck is that? Let me help you decipher this Grand Strand delicacy.

Chicken Bog is a native dish to the area with roots in the Gullah Geechee culture, the culture born in the Lowcountry among former African slaves dating back to the 17th century. Its tasty ingredients traditionally include chicken, rice, sausage, peppers, onions and other spices.  Like its more popular Shrimp and Grits counterpart, everyone makes it different. In fact, the public can sample the best renditions at the annual Loris Bog Off each October near Myrtle Beach.

The owners of Socastee Station have found a way to take traditional Chicken Bog and make it into a fried, ball-like consistency. Think hush puppies but with way more meat – literally.

I have to admit I was a little skeptical how this was going to taste. However, my high expectations were soon met with an instant addiction for more after my first bite. I’ve never tasted anything like it and, with a hint of Old Bay to give it that extra kick, I was in culinary heaven.

Did you know about Chicken Bog before reading this post? Care to try a Bog Ball?