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Ollie's BBQ Chocolate Pie

Re: Ollie’s chocolate pie
From: Lee
Date: 1/14/2024, 9:05 AM
To: Phaedrus 

On 1/13/2024 10:42 PM, Lee wrote:

Ollie’s barbecue restaurant in Birmingham Alabama
Ollie McClung owned it.

No longer opened.
I went there as a child and continued going there as an adult. 
Their chocolate pie and their barbecue was so delicious! 
I’ve always tried to copy that chocolate pie but haven’t quite 
gotten it right yet.
Thank you!

Hello Lee,

Sorry, I had no success finding Ollie's Barbecue's "chocolate meringue pie" recipe.

However, I found this website, named "Deep Fried Kudzu" :

Deep Fried Kudzu

This site belongs to someone named "Ginger", who appears to live in Birmingham. She has a picture of a chocolate meringue pie on that site, and she says this above the photo: "... if my family is in the mood for chocolate pie, they 100% will ask me to make my recipe for the Ollie’s Barbecue chocolate meringue pie."

That's all... She teases with that statement and the photo, but where's the recipe??? She has several of her recipes posted on that site, but not the one for Ollie's pie! There is a recipe there for "Chocolate Chess Pie", but that's not Ollie's pie.

She also has a link to a "Flickr" post of the same photo of the pie. Still no recipe: Flickr

Her email address is on her "Kudzu" site. Why don't you write her and ask for the recipe? She might send it to you.

Meanwhile, I found the below recipe, which is referred to as "similar" to Ollie's Pie:


Bev's Chocolate Pie

1 recipe pastry for a (9-inch) single crust pie (deep-dish suggested)

For the filling:

2 cups white granulated sugar*
5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder*
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 egg yolks, beaten
1/4 cup butter or margarine

For the meringue:**

4 egg whites
1/4 cup white granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a saucepan, off heat, whisk together 2 cups sugar, cocoa powder 
and flour. Blend in evaporated milk and vanilla. (Note from a reviewer: 
"I cooked the cocoa, sugar, evaporated milk mixture for probably 
10-15 minutes just before boiling, and then let it cool quite a bit before 
adding the eggs. The mixture barely fit into a regular pie shell. 
It baked 40 minutes and was perfect!")

Stir in egg yolks, butter or margarine. Heat, stirring constantly just 
until butter is melted. Pour filling into unbaked pie shell.

Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until pie is not "wobbly" 
when shaken (for some it took 50-60 minutes).

Meanwhile, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1/4 cup 
sugar, beating constantly, until stiff peaks form. Spread meringue on hot 
pie, spreading to the edges to seal.

Return pie to oven, and bake until meringue is golden. Cool. (Someone 
said the pie is best served after chilled in refrigerator to set, then let sit 
at room temperature a bit before cutting.)

*Some who tried the recipe say it is too sweet. Sugar amounts tried and 
liked were 1 cup, 1 1/2 cups and 1 3/4 cups. Another reduced the sugar to 
1 1/2 cups and used 5 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder.

**Some used 2 (5 oz. each) cans of evaporated milk (1 1/3 cups).

***Some served the pie topped with whipped cream instead of adding 
the meringue.

Makes 1 (9-inch) pie, 8 servings
Source: Diana Barnes to
I appreciate you going to the trouble of looking for that for me! I will 
definitely go to those links that you gave me and check them out. 
Also, Bev‘s chocolate pie sounds delicious! I wish I had one right now!
Thanks so much again! 
Have a great weekend!