South Carolina barbecue is as magnificent and diverse as its people.
For a relatively small state, South Carolina boasts distinct regions with unique barbecue styles. These regions make up what we refer to as the SC BBQ Trail.
The BBQ you’ll enjoy in these areas is primarily flavored by the sauces popular within a given section of the state.
Depending on where you are in South Carolina, you might find your pork — because here in SC, BBQ means pork — steeped in a vinegar-pepper sauce, or a light tomato sauce, or a heavy tomato sauce, or the sauce that was born in our state — a mustard-based sauce.
And, just in case you’re visiting, in South Carolina, “barbecue” is a noun, not a verb — a thing, not an action. And no, that thing is not a grill.
For us, “barbecue” is pork, whether it has been pulled or chopped, that is served with a tangy sauce, the best of which was from a whole hog cooked for hours over hardwood coals.
We hope our site will help you find and enjoy the best BBQ in the South Carolina.
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Our interactive version of the SC BBQ Trail Map will find your location and show you all the restaurants in your area. It will even give you turn-by-turn directions to get the place you choose and allow you to filter results to find exactly what you're looking for.