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6 Standout Barbecue Spots in Charleston

Ribs, brisket, and pulled pork

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There's no denying the popularity of barbecue in South Carolina, but it wasn't until recently that Charleston saw an explosion in restaurants serving smoked meats. Now there are plenty of establishments to quell cravings, whether that be for pulled pork, flame-kissed chicken, or fatty brisket.

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1. Lewis Barbecue

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464 N Nassau St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 805-9500
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Pitmaster John Lewis brought brisket perfection to Charleston by way of Austin, and it's been a hit since day one. Don't miss the fatty brisket, green chili corn pudding, or the super-moist turkey slices. Bring friends to help with the leftovers. If the line is line, grab a margarita at the Juan Luis truck on the far end of the outdoor dining area.

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2. Rodney Scott's BBQ

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1011 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 990-9535
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When James Beard Award-winning pitmaster Rodney Scott opened his whole hog barbecue restaurant in North Central, Charleston reached full pulled pork frenzy. Lines are out the door every day for the smokey delights that made Scott famous in Hemingway, South Carolina. The ribeye sandwich is often overlooked, but should be tried at least once.

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3. The Rib Guy

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396 Huger St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 805-7070
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As the name hints, Huger Street restaurant the Rib Guy excels at smoking slabs of ribs. Pitmaster Guy Simmons started his setup by grilling in his family’s yard and giving away slabs to friends in the neighborhood, but that turned into his own eatery in 2015. There’s also fried fish, okra soup, baked chicken, and red rice on the menu too.

4. 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 for maximum smoked meat consumption. The dry-rubbed wings with Alabama white sauce are addictive, as are the frozen boozy Gamechanger cocktails. The daily specials are always a hit, like juicy Lucy burgers or giant pastrami sandwiches.

5. 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. There’s also locations downtown, Mount Pleasant, and Summerville.

6. Poogan's Smokehouse

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188 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-5665
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Barbecue eatery Poogan's Smokehouse opened on East Bay Street to take in the tourist crowds, but that didn't mean skimping on quality. The menu takes cues from traditional Southern restaurants, but raises the quality of the sides and appetizers, while sourcing local products and consciously-raised meats.

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1. Lewis Barbecue

464 N Nassau St, Charleston, SC 29403
Bill Addison

Pitmaster John Lewis brought brisket perfection to Charleston by way of Austin, and it's been a hit since day one. Don't miss the fatty brisket, green chili corn pudding, or the super-moist turkey slices. Bring friends to help with the leftovers. If the line is line, grab a margarita at the Juan Luis truck on the far end of the outdoor dining area.

464 N Nassau St
Charleston, SC 29403

2. Rodney Scott's BBQ

1011 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Bill Addison

When James Beard Award-winning pitmaster Rodney Scott opened his whole hog barbecue restaurant in North Central, Charleston reached full pulled pork frenzy. Lines are out the door every day for the smokey delights that made Scott famous in Hemingway, South Carolina. The ribeye sandwich is often overlooked, but should be tried at least once.

1011 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

3. The Rib Guy

396 Huger St, Charleston, SC 29403

As the name hints, Huger Street restaurant the Rib Guy excels at smoking slabs of ribs. Pitmaster Guy Simmons started his setup by grilling in his family’s yard and giving away slabs to friends in the neighborhood, but that turned into his own eatery in 2015. There’s also fried fish, okra soup, baked chicken, and red rice on the menu too.

396 Huger St
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Home Team BBQ

1205 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29407

Home Team BBQ has three locations for maximum smoked meat consumption. The dry-rubbed wings with Alabama white sauce are addictive, as are the frozen boozy Gamechanger cocktails. The daily specials are always a hit, like juicy Lucy burgers or giant pastrami sandwiches.

1205 Ashley River Rd
Charleston, SC 29407

5. 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. There’s also locations downtown, Mount Pleasant, and Summerville.

1217 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

6. Poogan's Smokehouse

188 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

Barbecue eatery Poogan's Smokehouse opened on East Bay Street to take in the tourist crowds, but that didn't mean skimping on quality. The menu takes cues from traditional Southern restaurants, but raises the quality of the sides and appetizers, while sourcing local products and consciously-raised meats.

188 E Bay St
Charleston, SC 29401

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