As of 11:30 a.m. today, Charleston can finally get a taste of Rodney Scott’s BBQ straight from the famed pitmaster himself. Opening at 1011 King St., the eatery is a second outpost of Scott’s Hemingway-based whole hog operation, but with even more menu items. Look for spare ribs, pit chicken, whole hog over grits, and more.
Listed on the door, Rodney Scott’s BBQ opens daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
If you’re unfamiliar with Scott, writer/photographer Robert Donovan gives a primer on the famed pitmaster here, while he explains what makes the barbecue so special:
Whole hog barbecue makes for long, hot, sweaty work, and most joints you pass today aren't doing it. Hell, many of the barbecue places you pass aren't even using wood. Not the case at Scott's. Just walk around the side of the newly rebuilt pit house, and you'll see it — you can't miss it. There are huge piles of downed trees waiting to be cut to size and stacks of split logs loosely organized by type. Rodney and the crew harvest and chop all the wood they use from the surrounding area. They'll lend their forestry skills to others too, removing trees from neighbors' property, and taking the wood back to the pits. It's the best kind of barbecue: forest-to-your-face.