Discover the Best BBQ Spots in Charleston

The South Carolina coast is famous for its gorgeous beaches, rich culture, and incredible food. One local favorite is barbeque. This blog post will explore the best BBQ spots in Charleston and Isle of Palms.

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Let’s dive into the saucy details of the best barbecue and what to expect. Whether you are a BBQ novice, an aficionado, or a curious traveler, there is a BBQ spot that will tickle your tastebuds. Which will you try first?

What Does “BBQ” Mean in Coastal SC?

Unique Sauce Styles

Mustard-Based Sauce: South Carolina is famous for its distinctive mustard-based BBQ sauce, often referred to as “Carolina Gold.” This tangy and sweet sauce is made from yellow mustard, vinegar, sugar, and spices.

Vinegar-Based Sauce: You’ll also encounter vinegar-based sauces. These sauces are typically made with vinegar, red pepper flakes, and other spices, providing a tangy and spicy kick that pairs perfectly with smoked meats.

Tomato-Based Sauce: While less dominant, tomato-based sauces are also found in some coastal BBQ joints, offering a sweeter and thicker option for those who prefer it.

A Variety of Meats

Pork: Pork, particularly pulled pork, is a staple in South Carolina BBQ.

Ribs: Spare ribs and baby back ribs are popular. They are usually cooked low and slow until the meat is fall-off-the-bone tender.

Chicken: BBQ chicken is also common. It is often marinated and smoked, then finished with a flavorful sauce that complements the smoky meat.

Cooking Methods

Smoking: Smoking is the traditional method used for BBQ in coastal South Carolina. This low-and-slow technique ensures the meat is tender and packed with flavor.

Whole Hog BBQ: For some, whole hog BBQ is a time-honored tradition. This involves cooking an entire pig over a pit or in a pig cooker, a process that can take 8-12 hours.

Traditional Sides

  • Coleslaw
  • Hush Puppies.
  • Cornbread
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Collard Greens


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Best BBQ Spots in Charleston

Home Team BBQ – Sullivan’s Island

  • BBQ Nachos, Pulled Pork, Smoked Turkey, Chopped Brisket
  • Home Team Frozen Game Changer
  • Late Night Menu
  • Bulk & Large Party Menu
  • Kids Menu
  • Order Online
  • Catering
  • Multiple Locations


2209 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Sunday, 11:00 am – 12:00 am

Lewis Barbeque – Downtown Charleston

  • Prime Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Turkey Breast, Spare Ribs
  • Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Takeout
  • Catering
  • Full Bar


464 North Nassau Street, Charleston, SC

Hours of Operation:

Sunday-Monday, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 am -10:00 pm

Rodney Scott’s Barbeque – Downtown Charleston

  • Pulled Pork Shoulder, Pulled Chicken, Prime Beef Brisket
  • Kids Menu
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Catering
  • Online Ordering Available


1011 King St, Charleston, SC

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Sunday, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Swig & Swine – Charleston

  • Pulled Pork, Brisket, House-Made Sausage, Smoked Turkey
  • All-Wood Smoked Barbeque
  • Weekly Specials
  • Catering
  • Tailgate Packages
  • Large Whiskey Selection


1217 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC

Hours of Operation:

Sunday-Monday, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Melvin’s Legendary Barbecue

  • Pulled Pork, BBQ Wings, Pulled Chicken, Prime Brisket
  • Banana Pudding
  • Family-Friendly
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Online Ordering Available
  • Multiple Locations


925 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Saturday, 10:30 am – 9:00 pm

Closed Sunday

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