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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.

1. Home Team BBQ

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1205 Ashley River Rd
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 225-7427
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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.

2. JB's Smokeshack

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3406 Maybank Hwy
Johns Island, SC 29455
(843) 557-0426
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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.

3. Mamma Brown's BBQ

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2840 Hwy 17 N
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
(803) 849-5522
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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.

4. Melvin's Legendary Bar-B-Q

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925 Houston Northcutt Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 881-0549
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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.

5. Smoke BBQ

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487 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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.

6. Smokey Oak Taproom

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1234 Camp Rd
Charleston, SC 29412
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.

7. Swig & Swine

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1217 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 225-3805
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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.

8. Nick's Bar-B-Q

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288 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-0406
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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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1. Home Team BBQ

1205 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29407
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.
1205 Ashley River Rd
Charleston, SC 29407

2. JB's Smokeshack

3406 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455
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.
3406 Maybank Hwy
Johns Island, SC 29455

3. Mamma Brown's BBQ

2840 Hwy 17 N, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
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.
2840 Hwy 17 N
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466

4. Melvin's Legendary Bar-B-Q

925 Houston Northcutt Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
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.
925 Houston Northcutt Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

5. Smoke BBQ

487 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
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.
487 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Smokey Oak Taproom

1234 Camp Rd, Charleston, SC 29412
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.
1234 Camp Rd
Charleston, SC 29412

7. Swig & Swine

1217 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407
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.
1217 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

8. Nick's Bar-B-Q

288 King St, Charleston, SC 29401
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.
288 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

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