The story goes that Rodney cooked his first hog at 11 years old and that the fire has never gone out. This beloved local restaurant has mouth-watering ribs, hushpuppies with honey butter, and Ella’s banana pudding (you’ll want two orders.)
Recognizable for the giant, custom-made smokers out front, Lewis Barbecue has Texas roots represented by the delicious, 18-hour char on their meats. Try their sausage, brisket, and more.
Not to be confused with the haunted restaurant Poogan’s Porch, this East Bay location brings the flavors of South Carolina. Try their local black-eyed pea salad or a mouth-watered pulled pork sandwich slathered with cheese.
The secret’s in the sauce! According to their website, Melvin’s has been “South Carolina’s Original Family of mustard-based BBQ” since 1939. Now 80 years strong, their savory sauce is available in-house and for individual purchase.
Bessinger’s is known as the legacy of “the first family of bbq” and has been featured on multiple shows on the Travel Channel. Don’t forget to order some of their famous onion rings to go with your brisket!
For this Lowcountry treat, bring an appetite to one of their three Charleston-area locations. For something different try house-made pork cracklins, a smoked turkey burrito, or a brisket taco with chipotle sour cream.
Last but not least on our list is Swig & Swine, a popular spot offering beef brisket, smoked turkey, smoked pork belly, housemade sausage, chicken wings, ribs, and more than 60 craft beers.