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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.

Because all the kids have now graduated, Heather and Jim remain the primary voices as we have been since that first post. Christian, Chelsea, and Camden (yes, all Cs) 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) You’ll find links to other SC BBQ resources.

3) We are especially proud of our SC BBQ Locator Map. Find all the SCBBQ restaurants in the 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.

4) Don’t miss out on our Authentic SCBBQ Recipes. Learn more about our cookbook: SCBBQ Recipes: Going Whole Hog.

We invite you to Submit Your Own Recipes for others to enjoy as well.

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

In addition, 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.

In order to keep up, 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 become 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.

Simply put, 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 pitmasters. 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.

Therefore, tomorrow we begin.

Recently, 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…

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Barbara Fenters

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Great site, I'm sure you are swamped with work. How does one go about adding their restaurant for your review?

James Roller

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Hey Barbara! Thanks for writing. I am indeed swamped. This site is really just a hobby site. In my real job, I teach at Fort Dorchester High School, but retirement is hopefully just a few short months away and soon this might be my full-time pursuit! Either way, we'd love to make the map as accurate as possible, so we'd love to add your place. Email me: [email protected]

Matthw

Sunday 13th of October 2019

This is a very neat site, I like it! However, are yall still active? I can't find anything more recent than 2015.

James Roller

Friday 12th of February 2021

@Keegan Donegan, Thank you for using the site! It has been a labor of love and has evolved a lot over the years. I'm glad it is useful to you. I appreciate the feedback. In fact, I'd appreciate any feedback, positive or negative, to help improve the site. It's really just me and it is basically impossible to keep up with the openings and closings and changes within. But I try.

No, I don't. I have never gotten a single thing from any restaurant, not even a meal. But, that's not why I do it. The ads do help bring in some income and helps the site pay for itself, but I'd be a poor man without the day job. It's all good.

Thanks again!

Keegan Donegan

Wednesday 10th of February 2021

@James Roller, man thank you for this site and all the info and all the time and effort you must’ve put in for this awesome site! I live in NC Georgia(Cumming), and make a bunch of little getaway trips to NW S. Carolina and use this site and the map every time I do it. So thanks again, it is absolutely appreciated. I sure hope these BBQ joint owners help you out in a big way for what you do for their business, like a partner program or sponsors or somethin.

James Roller

Tuesday 15th of October 2019

We are. Have sort of switched gears from being a review site, though. spent a lot of time on creating a marketplace that I ended up closing. Also, have spent a lot of time rebuilding/improving restaurant listings on the site as well as improving the SEO of all the individual pages/posts/listings on the site. There are around 300 restaurant listings alone and I have a list of about 20 that I need to add. Just keeping up with openings/closures is a full-time job! And frankly, this is a one-man show. Doing the best I can with a site that amounts to a hobby. I retire in about a year and a half, and I'll have more time to dedicate to it.

Sidebar Sumter

Thursday 14th of July 2016

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.

Angel Passailaigue Postell

Friday 5th of June 2015

I would love to update you on Home Team BBQ efforts. Can you send me the best email at [email protected]? Thanks!

James Roller

Friday 5th of June 2015

Email sent.

William

Monday 21st of April 2014

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

jroller

Sunday 27th of April 2014

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

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