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Critic Goes for ‘Juicy’ Smoked Meats at Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

Has it turned around since the first review?

Martin’s Bar-B-Que
Leslie Ryann McKellar
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

Months after a single star review from the Post and Courier, Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint rebounds with a positive prose from Charleston City Paper critic Vanessa Wolf.

In June, Post and Courier critic Hanna Raskin gave a single star to James Island newcomer — she wrote, “... barbecue is not Martin’s forte.” However, Wolf writes that barbecue fans should rejoice for Martin’s.

She says the salad is “unexpectedly fresh.” The ribs are “spot-on perfect and the meat moist throughout.” The burger, brisket, and whole hog are all “juicy.”

Wolf concludes her review with

While folks will no doubt continue to dine with Rodney Scott, John Lewis, Fiery Ron, and the other outstanding barbecue joints in the area, this new kid from Tennessee brings just as strong a game, rendering our local ‘cue scene better than ever.

Does Raskin have higher barbecue standards than Wolf? Has Martin’s switched up its techniques? Does any of that even matter?

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