Guide to the Best Barbecue in Charleston

It’s no secret that Charleston is currently undergoing a barbecue boom. In fact, last year the Washington Post called our city “the future of barbecue.” The list below is by no means all-inclusive, but they are my top 5 favorites of the many choices available. They’re the places that I keep raving about to friends, and where I bring out-of-town guests. Let’s take a look.

It’s no secret that Charleston is currently undergoing a barbecue boom. In fact, last year the Washington Post called our city “the future of barbecue.” The list below is by no means all-inclusive, but they are my top 5 favorites of the many choices available. They’re the places that I keep raving about to friends, and where I bring out-of-town guests. Let’s take a look.

Home Team BBQ

Out of all the restaurants listed here, Home Team offers the most choices, from chicken wings to barbecue tacos. All three locations serve traditional barbecue with an array of sauces and all the fixings.

Locations: downtown, Sullivan’s Island, West Ashley

Known for: live music, trivia, and general laid-back atmosphere

Must try: barbecue nachos, mac & cheese

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Lewis Barbecue

I am very partial to Lewis Barbecue, and wrote an entire post singing its praises last fall. We keep telling all of our friends about this place.

Location: downtown

Known for: Texas-style brisket, selections of housemade sauces

Must try: chopped brisket, pickled onions, spicy potato salad, key lime pie ice cream

It’s no secret that Charleston is currently undergoing a barbecue boom. In fact, last year the Washington Post called our city “the future of barbecue.” The list below is by no means all-inclusive, but they are my top 5 favorites of the many choices available. They’re the places that I keep raving about to friends, and where I bring out-of-town guests. Let’s take a look.

Melvin’s BBQ

Melvin’s is a family-friendly restaurant that serves traditional South Carolina barbecue with their famous “Golden Secret Recipe” sauce. The restaurant was recently on “Delicious Destinations Charleston” with Andrew Zimmern.

Locations: Mt. Pleasant, James Island

Known for: traditional South Carolina mustard-based barbecue

Must try: hot pepper bar, giant onion ring, banana pudding

Please note: closed on Sundays

Rodney Scott’s BBQ

The newest barbecue joint on this list is already a popular lunch destination north of downtown. For years, Rodney Scott has cooked legendary barbecue in Hemingway, SC. Now he’s brought his famous recipe to Charleston.

Location: downtown

Known for: authentic South Carolina pit-cooked barbecue, vinegar-based sauce

Must try: whole hog (pulled pork) sandwich, baked beans

The newest barbecue joint on this list is already a popular lunch destination north of downtown. For years, Rodney Scott has cooked legendary barbecue in Hemingway, SC. Now he’s brought his famous recipe to Charleston.

Swig & Swine

Opened in 2013, Swig & Swine is a popular West Ashley restaurant and bar. Their food is excellent, but I have a suspicion that almost all of their dishes contain mustard-based sauce in them. So if you have a strong aversion to mustard like my mom does, then this is not the place for you.

Location: West Ashley

Known for: craft beers and bourbon selection, pit-smoked barbecue

Must try: ribs, family platter

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