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Feb 21, 2010 08:18 AM

Southeast BBQ Tour

I'm doing a drive from the snowy north to the sunny south in March, with my 84 year old father. Civil war sites, and BBQ is all he has on his radar.

I was wondering if anybody knows who has a comprehensive guide or website, with recommendations/critiques of solid BBQ joints throughout the south.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. There was a long journal of a BBQ tour in past chowhound archives. Sweatman's in SC, Holly HIll, is a prime spot -- we were just in Charleston but couldn't get there. Just posted a short review of Charleston spots we chowed at. You might enjoy stopping at one or two.

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    1. re: berkleybabe

      I agree with Sweatman's in Holly Hill is a Do Not Miss.

    2. you really didn't say where you were going... but I would begin here --

      1. This site is a good overview on NC bbq:

        I would also recommend doing a search on Chowhound for the states you will be traveling in...this one may be of help:

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        1. re: carolinadawg

          In NC if you follow the NC BBQ trail on the NC BBQ society page you will hit most of the great spots in NC.

          1. re: Jesco

            The only problem I have with the NCBS trail is the requirement that the places have to have been in business for at least 15 years. I could see that if you were publishing a book, but a website can be updated instantly to reflect a closing. This causes them to leave off "new" places like Blackbeard's(in business for approx. 8 years) and Jason Grill(actually new in this case). You would think that helping out these new places would be the highest priority if you're looking to promote traditional barbecue.

            That said, it is a really good list, and hard to go wrong if you follow it.

        2. Athens Ga has two GREAT BBQ spots: The BBQ Shack on Lexington HWY and Jot em Down BBQ on Macon HWY. The best spot, Hot Thomas, is just outside of Athens in Watkinsville on HWY 15.

          1. Shealy's BBQ in Leesville, SC.