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Essential Barbecue Spots in Charleston

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There's no denying the popularity of barbecue in South Carolina, but if you don't really have time to drive to Hemingway for Scott's Bar-B-Que or West Columbia for Hite's, there are options in Charleston to quench your smoked meat cravings. Whether that be for pulled pork, flame-kissed chicken, or fatty brisket, check the map for a barbecue spot that meets (meats?) your needs.

Presented in geographical order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Home Team BBQ

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Home Team BBQ has three locations (West Ashley, Sullivan's Island, and downtown). The wings with Alabama white sauce are addictive, the smoked chicken is critically-acclaimed, and the frozen Gamechanger cocktails will improve your outlook on life.

JB's Smokeshack

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Johns Island staple JB's Smokeshack is an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of barbecue and sides. It's well worth the drive to fill up on Southern classics, such as pulled pork, hash and rice, and butterbeans.

Mamma Brown's BBQ

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Mamma Brown's is known for Carolina-style barbecue — which, depending on which Carolina you're talking about, could be mustard-based or vinegar. They have both. This Mount Pleasant stop caters to a variety of tastes and appetite sizes.

Melvin's Legendary Bar-B-Q

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Melvin's has served smoked meats to the Charleston community for decades. They are known for their family-friendly establishments and speedy service. Try a pulled pork plate, onion rings, or famous burger while on the go.

Smoke BBQ

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The brick and mortar location of Smoke BBQ is new-ish, but the food truck won barbecue fans over with its time on the streets. Chef Roland Feldman is elevating humble smoked meats to an almost gourmet level. Favorites include the hash over grits, brisket, and wings.

Smokey Oak Taproom

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James Island joint Smokey Oak Taproom is known for dry-rubbed ribs and beer can chicken. The laid-back restaurant also has an extensive list of craft beers to wash down all that barbecue.

Swig & Swine

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West Ashley eatery Swig & Swine has a top-notch selection of bourbons, beer, and barbecue. Most folks hit up this restaurant for the great variety of options available on the menu. Pulled pork, wings, and sausages are just a few of the smoked varieties offered.

Nick's Bar-B-Q

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Need a quick fix of pulled pork or mac and cheese while shopping King Street? Pop in to Nick's Bar-B-Que for a cure of smoked meat.

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Home Team BBQ

Home Team BBQ has three locations (West Ashley, Sullivan's Island, and downtown). The wings with Alabama white sauce are addictive, the smoked chicken is critically-acclaimed, and the frozen Gamechanger cocktails will improve your outlook on life.

JB's Smokeshack

Johns Island staple JB's Smokeshack is an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of barbecue and sides. It's well worth the drive to fill up on Southern classics, such as pulled pork, hash and rice, and butterbeans.

Mamma Brown's BBQ

Mamma Brown's is known for Carolina-style barbecue — which, depending on which Carolina you're talking about, could be mustard-based or vinegar. They have both. This Mount Pleasant stop caters to a variety of tastes and appetite sizes.

Melvin's Legendary Bar-B-Q

Melvin's has served smoked meats to the Charleston community for decades. They are known for their family-friendly establishments and speedy service. Try a pulled pork plate, onion rings, or famous burger while on the go.

Smoke BBQ

The brick and mortar location of Smoke BBQ is new-ish, but the food truck won barbecue fans over with its time on the streets. Chef Roland Feldman is elevating humble smoked meats to an almost gourmet level. Favorites include the hash over grits, brisket, and wings.

Smokey Oak Taproom

James Island joint Smokey Oak Taproom is known for dry-rubbed ribs and beer can chicken. The laid-back restaurant also has an extensive list of craft beers to wash down all that barbecue.

Swig & Swine

West Ashley eatery Swig & Swine has a top-notch selection of bourbons, beer, and barbecue. Most folks hit up this restaurant for the great variety of options available on the menu. Pulled pork, wings, and sausages are just a few of the smoked varieties offered.

Nick's Bar-B-Q

Need a quick fix of pulled pork or mac and cheese while shopping King Street? Pop in to Nick's Bar-B-Que for a cure of smoked meat.

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