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BBQ Joints Near Charleston

LaurenZ Jun 19, 2012 09:10 PM

Heading to Charleston next week for a few days. Already have places scoped out for shrimp and grits, but need recs on BBQ options. Willing to drive outside of town for a hole in the wall (they are always the best places).


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    jonathan29407 Jun 19, 2012 11:33 PM

    Scotts in Hemingway S.C some of the best, the real deal do some research on it

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      Sue in Mt P Jun 20, 2012 04:22 AM

      I totally agree! It's a bit of a drive but worth it. They're only open Thur-Sat though.
      If you're up that way you might also want to check out Brown's in Kingstree and Schoolhouse in Scranton to compare and contrast. All these serve pepper vinegar based Q, which is my personal preference.

      There are some places in Charleston that serve mustard based Q and a chain in the Historic District that has Barbeque in the name, but, to me, the places out in the country that cook over wood are the real deal.

    2. carolinadawg Jun 20, 2012 05:49 AM

      Sweatman's BBQ in Holly Hill is much closer to Charleston and has been excellent when I have eaten there. However, I understand that they have, or will soon have new owners, so I'm not sure what might change.


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        fredb2548 Jun 20, 2012 06:40 AM

        Changed hands, and definitely not the same, from either a quality or quantity point of view. I'd pass. Theother three mentioned are great, IMO.

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          carolinadawg Jun 20, 2012 06:42 AM

          You've eaten there since the change in ownership? Is the basic setup still the same, with the exception that a small plate is non-buffet, but the large is still buffet style? Are they still cooking the pig with wood, as before?

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            fredb2548 Jun 20, 2012 09:56 AM

            Yeap been there. One pass thru the buffet at $10 a pop, ribs are rationed at 1, or maybe 2, if you're lucky, and no wood anymore. Great place down the tubes.

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              carolinadawg Jun 20, 2012 11:47 AM

              Wow, that is really depressing. Too bad the new owners are able to keep the name.

      2. LaLa Jun 20, 2012 10:42 AM

        I am actually a Certified South Carolina Barbeque Judge and here is a great guide from our association website


        That said Scott's is probably my favorite but I usually get my fill at all the events!

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          Sue in Mt P Jun 20, 2012 01:20 PM

          LaLa, that is one of my life goals!

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            LaLa Jun 20, 2012 03:27 PM

            You should do it Sue! They need more women judges.

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            bklynite Aug 9, 2012 11:26 AM

            LaLa, I was lucky enough to eat at Scott's this past Saturday while on vacation, partly because of your endorsement. It was everything I hoped it would be and I sure hope I have a chance to eat there again some day!

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              LaLa Aug 10, 2012 08:35 AM

              I am so glad you enjoyed it! I hope you get to enjoy it again someday too!

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                Sue in Mt P Aug 10, 2012 12:24 PM

                Check this out:

                Cool, huh!

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            Littleman Jun 22, 2012 03:49 PM

            Fiery Ron's.............


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              Charles Robinson Aug 10, 2012 01:35 PM

              I don't understand the attraction to Home Team. Most people I know who say they like it go for the live music and the food is secondary. The bbq itself is, frankly, bad. It's over-smoked, often dry, and the sides are overly salty but otherwise tasteless. I tried it a handful of times and finally gave up.

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              Littleman Jun 22, 2012 03:51 PM

              Bessinger's is tops too.


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                LaLa Jun 23, 2012 08:31 AM

                Have you eaten at either Littleman?

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                  Sue in Mt P Jun 24, 2012 12:24 AM

                  LaLa, my guess would be no. Littleman is a very nice person who googles stuff. And he certainly enjoys the many periods. He can have them. I'm done, lol.

                  Bessinger's is fast food, and Fiery Ron's is a beach spot.

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                Charles Robinson Aug 10, 2012 01:51 PM

                This is a tough one because Charleston dining is more about farm-to-table and seafood than barbecue. Bessinger's, Jim-n-Nick's, and Smoky Oak are probably the best true barbecue in Charleston proper. Of those I prefer Smoky Oak, but the service is often surly and it's jarringly loud.

                An honorable mention goes to Husk, which does some amazing things with pork, and they have wood-fired grills and a smokehouse, but it's not really barbecue.

                Scott's in Hemingway is among the best I have ever had anywhere, but be prepared for about a 90 minute drive.

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