Barbecue sauce vs. blue cheese: Challenge by the Alabama and Clemson library deans
CLEMSON — Clemson University Dean of Libraries Maggie Farrell and Don Gilstrap, dean of libraries at the University of Alabama, have a friendly wager on the outcome of the football game Monday night.
If Alabama wins the national title, Farrell will send a package of Clemson’s famous blue cheese and blue cheese dressing to the Alabama Libraries for the faculty and staff to enjoy. If Clemson should win, barbecue sauce from Tuscaloosa’s famous Dreamland Bar-b-que Restaurant will be sent to the Clemson Libraries.
The first Clemson University blue cheese was cured in Stumphouse Mountain Tunnel in 1941. The history and folklore surrounding this scenic spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains is legendary in the Piedmont area of South Carolina.
John “Big Daddy” Bishop opened his legendary Dreamland Café in Tuscaloosa in 1958 the same year legendary football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant started at Alabama. The infamous ribs, sauce and service are known throughout Alabama and Georgia.
When asked about the bet, Farrell commented, “You might as well ship today.” Gilstrap noted, “we will enjoy the blue cheese with our ribs and sauce after our win.”