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Heather and Jim Roller SC BBQ Aficionados

Who is Destination: BBQ and What Can We Do for You?

Destination: BBQ began in the summer of 2012 as a simple family blog covering our “Summer BBQ Tour,” as you can read below in what was the very first post on this site. We are still the Roller family from Mount Pleasant: Heather and Jim and our kids: Christian, Chelsea and Camden. Heather, Camden and Jim are still the primary voices as we have been since that first post. Christian and Chelsea are older and have moved out on their own, but we hope to include their voices any time they join us on a trip.

Since then, we’ve evolved from simply writing about our dining experiences to covering all things SC BBQ. Our goal is to help people find great SC barbecue and to help SC barbecue find great people.

Now, on the site, you’ll find:

1) An events calendar, covering BBQ festivals and competitions across the state.

2) There are video profiles featuring great restaurants and pitmasters around the state.

3) You’ll find links to other SC BBQ resources.

4) We are especially proud of our SC BBQ Locator Map. Find all the SCBBQ restaurants in vicinity or search for any part of the state. Even filter your search to show only those that serve Mustard sauces or those who take credit/debit cards.

5) And of course, it all began with our Restaurant Reviews.

And there is more planned as we continue our evolution: a page featuring every SB BBQ restaurant, SC BBQ recipes and cooking tips, competition coverage, equipment reviews, and more will be featured in time.

We invite you to keep up with our site by joining our mailing list or following us on Facebook or Twitter.

As of the time of this writing, we have been featured in The Free-Times in Columbia and The Herald Independent from Winnsboro.  The State will be adding us to their Local Food Blog.

Heather and Jim recently became members of the SC Barbeque Association and took our first steps to becoming official SCBA certified judges. We hope this will help us serve the SC BBQ community and help us develop an even better BBQ palate to provide you with more professional commentary.

Already impressed with our work, Lake High, president of the SCBA, has asked us to help the SCBA by providing reviews for their site as well.

In the end, our focus will remain focused on doing all we can to help readers with all things SC BBQ.


 The Post that Started It All

Hello world and welcome to our summer tour.

Our family has decided to embark on a tour of notable BBQ joints in and around the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Destination BBQ is our simple blog designed to capture our experiences during each our of stops.

Who are we? We are the Rollers from Mt. Pleasant, SC: Jim, Heather, Christian, Chelsea, and Camden (and Dixie, too). We don’t pretend to be connoisseurs or experts in the field. We simply enjoy good food, and really like good BBQ. It is our intention to provide our subjective opinions of what we experience. Good, bad, or just ok. We’re not food critics, we’re not expert pit masters. We are who we are: just an average family. But if you want a true, honest, unbiased opinion of what we experienced on a given day, that we can provide.

So, tomorrow we begin.

Heather read an article in Southern Living about Scott’s BBQ in Hemingway, SC. (Supposedly, it is one of the best in the South. We shall see.) And this is what sparked us to begin our journey. So Friday, June 8, 2012, we set out for Hemingway on the first steps of a trip that will lead us we know not where.

Come along for the ride…

  • Erin says:

    I like your reviews. We’ve visited many of the same places. I have a Google map I keep with some BBQ joints that might give you some ideas for other spots in the area. Blue are ones I’ve visited. Enjoy!

    https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=204948395386518514836.00049467ef6bbdfa433fc&msa=0

  • jroller says:

    Thanks, Erin! That’s very cool. I have bookmarked it for future reference and encourage visitors of this site to do so as well.

  • Dave says:

    Try Shuler’s in Latta before you finish your tour.

  • jroller says:

    Thanks, Dave. We actually considered it today as my youngest was playing in a baseball tournament in Myrtle Beach today. We opted for something closer, but it’s on the list. Don’t worry. The tour may slow down once school begins (my wife and I are both teachers), but there is no end in sight. We’ll get there…

  • JC says:

    Hey, I would give you three more BBQ buffet places to check out –

    Big D’s BBQ in Hemingway

    Shealy’s BBQ in Batesburg-Leesville
    http://www.shealysbbq.com/

    Brown’s BBQ in Kingstree

    ENJOY!

  • jroller says:

    Thanks for the recommendations. Now that school is out, we will continue our BBQ tour.

    I have heard good things about Big D’s and Shealy’s. We’ll try to get to those this summer.
    We tried Jackie Hite’s in BL on the way to a Braves game last summer. I had seen a video about them and knew that they cooked over wood coals, but it didn’t live up to our expectations.

    We actually ate at Brown’s. It was our second visit, right after Scott’s in Hemingway. Don’t know if it was because Scott’s was so good or that Brown’s was having a bad day, but we left disappointed. Here is the Brown’s review.

    Note: We don’t pretend to be experts or connoisseurs, just a family sharing its experiences. Also, our opinions tend to center on the quality of the BBQ itself, not the sides. While we do comment on the sides, the BBQ itself is what we base our overall view of the place on. For instance, Hite’s had great sides and excellent fried chicken, but we ruled Hite’s to be a disappointment because of the BBQ, which was too “mustardy” even for a mustard-based sauce.

  • Jim, I’m glad to read the above reply that you’ve resumed your tour. I’m looking forward to reading more posts from your travels. I’ve linked to a few of your articles (Scott’s, Shealy’s, etc) after my own visits, and hope to see some more common restaurants between our blogs. I hope that you give Midway in Union and true in West Columbia a try.

  • Trip says:

    I enjoyed reading your blog. A few suggestions to try: Bluffton BBQ, Bluffton, SC and Big T’s in Columbia.

  • jroller says:

    Thanks… our visits (and especially our postings) have dwindled to a trickle since last summer, but we continue to enjoy good BBQ.

    I will add both to our list. Recently ate at Hudson’s on 378 (think that’s the right number) in Columbia — on two different occasions. Need to do a write up on that, along with Home Team on Sullivan’s Island and a couple of more.

    Glad you enjoyed our blog. Thanks!

  • Nate Toms says:

    How about a visit to Bullhawg’s in Spartanburg?
    Also, how do I get to any updates? Mine all show 2012 entries.

    Many thanks!
    Nate

  • jroller says:

    Sadly, our BBQ visits tapered off after the “Summer BBQ Tour” of 2012. While we have hit a few places since then, our efforts have dwindled.

    Never heard of Bullhawgs, but my mom lives in the Inman/Boiling Springs area. I may have to include it next time we visit. Don’t get to try much Q in the upstate. My wife brought back some from a place in Landrum – can’t remember the name – and it wasn’t bad, but didn’t think to write it up since it was day old. Of course, if it had been as amazing as the day-old McCabes, you would have seen an entry.

  • Greg Stafford says:

    Hi James. Like many others, I miss seeing your BBQ tours. My brother and I try to get out at least once a month, but life makes it impossible sometimes. Sadly we didn’t get to experience Ray’s Rib King before it closed. The problem with my BBQ tour is that I tried Scott’s BBQ near Hemingway first (years before you had visited). Everything else has been a disappointment in comparison, but we have so many more to try, so we go.

    A true South Carolina BBQ joint must have certain traits and characteristics in order to be a genuine South Carolina BBQ joint. I want some day to compile the “10 commandments of SC BBQ Joints”. I wanted to share 2 of those things and the 2 BBQ joints that get my vote for best. First, there must be a creaky screen door. My vote for the best screen door in the state is JBs Smoke Shack on John’s Island. Second, there needs to be a handwritten poster board sign warning against some sort of behavior. I give my vote to Scotts BBQ when they warn that “Baggy drop down pants will not be tolerated. You will be asked to leave. The Management”. Priceless!
    The South Carolina BBQ joint experience is about more than just food.

  • jroller says:

    Thanks, Greg. While we have periodically dropped in on new places, I have done a terrible job of writing up any new reviews. For instance, we’ve been to Home Team BBQ on Sullivan’s Island (bbq is mediocre at best and the ribs are awful; my son wouldn’t even eat them); We’ve visited Cannon’s BBQ in Little Mountain (I’m just not a fan of that strong midlands mustard sauce, just too “mustardy”; the bbq meat itself was ok) and . When I get around to it, I will write up a summary review to catch up.

  • William says:

    Hey, if you get a chance try the Bar-B-Que Barn in Moncks Corner. They have recently reopened- Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

  • jroller says:

    Cool. Thanks for the heads up. We’ll check it out when we get a chance.

  • Angel Passailaigue Postell says:

    I would love to update you on Home Team BBQ efforts. Can you send me the best email at angel@hometeampr.com? Thanks!

  • Angel Passailaigue Postell says:

    Did not get yet. Did you send to angel@hometeampr.com? Sorry!

  • I did and have sent again to that address. Did it go to your junk mail folder, maybe?

  • I did and have sent to that address again. Junk mail folder, maybe? I did not receive any error notices in return on either email sent.

  • Sidebar Sumter says:

    I would like to update you on happenings at Sidebar in Sumter, SC. How do I go about keeping you updated and let you know about our special events and possible have you do an article or video about our chef and what we are doing here in Sumter. We will be holding an event at the end of the month on Saturday July 30th in Sumter with Rodney Scott from Scott’s BBQ in Hemingway.

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