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.
Like to Help Us?
If you’d like to help us with that endeavor, we’re always grateful for help of any sort.
“How can I help,” you’re thinking?
Well, it can be as simple as just writing in to share your thoughts on ways to improve the site; constructive criticism is always welcome. Or even by finding things you like on this site and sharing them on social media, pinning images on Pinterest, or signing up for Grow.
If you’re up for it, I’d be grateful if you would check the map to look for BBQ joints in your area (or beyond). Maybe there is a new one you’ve seen that I haven’t added or there’s an old one that’s recently closed or has other info I need to update. Maybe click into a few listings to see if you can spot errors of any sort. Whatever you spot, send that info on to me.
For those with more time and desire, I could use volunteers to help test and photograph recipes. I have a small group of volunteers who have worked independently testing recipes for the cookbook and whose feedback has been invaluable. Always happy for more volunteers.
If you’re a writer, I always have need for some light research and/or writing to do. For instance, as I write this, I have about 25 restaurants I need to write up and add to the map. Or if you’re up for bigger projects, I’d welcome help there, too.
Don’t have time or feel you have the right set of skills? There is another option. Become an SCBBQ Patron and assist by helping us fund additional features or hire freelancers to help add content to the site.
Or maybe, you have your own thoughts on ways you’d be comfortable contributing. I welcome all input. Feel free to share your thoughts.
With your help, we can make a good thing even better. Hope to hear from you.
Now, on the site, you’ll find:
1) An events calendar, covering BBQ festivals and competitions across the state.
2) You’ll find our amazing Interstate Road Guide which shows you all the SC BBQ restaurants within a few miles of an interstate exit.
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.
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 SC BBQ restaurant, SC BBQ recipes and cooking tips, competition coverage, equipment reviews, and more will be featured in time.
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.
Legal Note: In April 2022, we formed an LLC. Today, the site is owned by and operated by H & J Enterprises of Charleston, LLC, DBA Destination 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…