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SCBBQ Road Trip: Interstate 26, The Final Exits (Columbia to Charleston)

SC BBQ Road Trip: Interstate 26

SC BBQ Road Trip: Interstate 26

Part 2: The Final Exits (Columbia to Charleston)

South Carolina barbeque has a long and special history. Our BBQ is both is varied and abundant. In fact, anyone contemplating a road trip here could benefit from a guide to help them find all the offerings on the SC BBQ Trail. To help our famished travelers, we have created SC BBQ Road Trip: A Restaurant Field Guide for each of the interstates that intersect our state. Part Two of the Interstate 26 edition covers the final exits, each of those between Columbia and Charleston.

I-26 in South Carolina stretches from the mountains to the coast, intersecting the state and passing near or through each of the four primary barbecue regions in the state. Travelers who find themselves traversing the state via I-26 have a great opportunity to sample all of the different styles of barbecue South Carolina offers.

What’s better: they don’t need to travel far off the beaten path to do so.

Interstate 26 runs 220 miles along its journey through the state.  Entering the state near Landrum, skirting around the capital of Columbia, and terminating in Charleston, I-26 passes through urban and rural areas alike.

Along the way, I-26 spends most of its length in the region of SC most known for the sauce born in South Carolina: the mustard BBQ sauce.

Here is a look at rough breakdown of South Carolina’s BBQ sauce regions:

SC BBQ Sauce Regions

SC BBQ Sauce Regions

You see, of course, that I-26 passes through the heart of the mustard regions; however, it also briefly runs through our heavy tomato region and begins in the light tomato region of the state.

Despite the map’s insistence, barbecue in our state is not necessarily as defined as the map dictates. This map generalizes and whitewashes regions based on historical precedence.

Today, you are likely to find any of the sauces in any corner of the state, particularly among the newer restaurants who are paying homage to the state’s grand history, but if you are looking for a particular sauce, now you know where to look.

Anyway, today you find yourself traveling I-26. You know traveling this stretch of road you certainly ought to be able to find some of this SCBBQ you’ve been hearing (and reading) about.

But where is it hidden?

We strongly suggest checking out our SC BBQ Trail Locator Map.

The map will find your location (with your permission) and show you the closest 25 SCBBQ restaurants within 100 miles of you. (We also suggest saving the map as an “app” on your phone by simply by visiting the page and tapping Share (iOS) or Menu (Android) and then tap “Add to Homescreen.”)

While our locator map is fantastic (if we do say so ourselves), we know you probably don’t want to drive 40 miles off the interstate just to get a taste of SCBBQ.

So, here we present to you all your options for enjoying real SCBBQ within 10 miles of a given exit along I-26.

In addition, we’ll recommend our “Must Visit” SCBBQ restaurants along I-26.

Just a quick reminder about our criteria for selecting restaurants:

  • no national BBQ chain restaurants are included; all are SC-based restaurants and most are individual, family-owned shops
  • all are “on” the interstate; that is, within 10 miles of an interstate exit
  • inclusion in the list is not an endorsement and restaurants may be labeled “Must Visit” for reasons beyond the quality of their BBQ
  • we will only include one restaurant on a given route for any major SCBBQ chain; note, however, while there are many Dukes restaurants in SC, they are not franchises or members of a chain, so all will be included
  • mileage provided is not exact, but was calculated using Google maps so it should be very close
  • See SCBBQ Road Trip: Start Your Engine for a fuller explanation of our selection criteria.

Before we begin, some interstate highway fun facts you might not have known:

  • no matter which direction you are heading, the interstate exit numbers are the same for a given junction
  • one or two-digit, even-numbered interstates run west-east, with lower numbered interstates starting in the South;  I-26 is clearly a west-east running, Southern interstate, being such a low 2-digit even number
  • mile markers for west-east running interstates begin at the western border of each state

Thus, we will follow the exits along I-26 from where it enters on the western side of the state until it terminus in Charleston.

Buckle your seatbelt and away we go…


Note: Distances are approximate: Use our map for more precise directions.

SCBBQ Road Trip: Interstate 26 Exit 108

Exit 108 (Bush River Road)

The Southern Belly BBQ

(NOTE: Click store name for more info, including address, links to social media and review sites, and other details.)

Blurb: “How do you describe yummy? This restaurant right here! Huge sandwich portion with a side of Cole slaw and potato chips for around $10. The BBQ sauce is on the side of each sandwich option and you can request different sauces. I’m not sure I could pick a favorite but with my lunch party, I was able to taste most of them.  Staff was friendly and atmosphere is quite unique with an upscale rustic feel. Again, the food was very good and I highly recommend! Hopefully the more clientele they receive, they will opt to extend their hours to include a time frame to pick up dinner on the way home. For now, I’ll settle for a delicious lunch.” Amanda M, Yelp

Directions:  Given the complexity of this exit, it is hard to give effective directions because it all really depends on which direction you are heading on I-26. Either direction, you are going to take Exit 108 and then head east on Bush River Road. You’ll turn right onto Colonial Life Blvd. W and The Southern Belly BBQ will be on your left in about 2/10 of a mile.

The Southern Belly on Colonial Life Blvd. in Columbia, SC

The Southern Belly on Colonial Life Blvd. in Columbia, SC

Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 10 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm

Phone: 803-665-9627

Wookie size it!

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SC BBQ on I-26 at Exit 110

Exit 110 (US 378/Lexington/West Columbia)

Hudson’s Smokehouse

(NOTE: Click store name for more info, including address, links to social media and review sites, and other details.)

Blurb: “Definitely worth stopping for! My husband and I drove from MA to GA and were road weary when we pulled in at 8:30 pm.. We were greeted by several friendly faces, a very personable bartender and a super selection of BBQ. I didn’t say a word to anyone until my plate was clean! Must try the ribs they are phenomenal, but don’t miss the buffet. I’m sad we live so far away!” Melissa L, Yelp

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Directions:  Simply take Exit 110 and head west on US-378 W toward Sunset Ct. In about 4.6 miles, Hudson’s will be on your right.

Hudson's Smokehouse in Lexington, SC

Hudson’s Smokehouse in Lexington, SC

Tuesday – Thursday: 10:30 am – 9 pm

Friday: 11 am – 10 pm

Saturday: 10:30 am – 10 pm

Sunday: 10:30 am – 3 pm

Phone: 803.356.1070

 

Pulled pork with vinegar pepper sauce and a lot of other things. Feeling overwhelmed. #bbq #southcarolina

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SC BBQ on I-26 at Exit 111

SC BBQ on I-26 at Exit 111

Exit 111 (US 1 to SC 12/Lexington/West Columbia)

Maurice’s Piggie Park BBQ

Blurb: “Excellent service- friendly, fast and accurate. Sweet lady that took our order also brought it to our table and offered to bring the condiments of our request. She also came later to ask if we needed refills on our drinks.  Restaurant was very clean. Maurice’s is one of our favorites and the food was just as we expected, very tasty. We were pulling a camper and there was a nice pull-through area in back for us to park. We will visit again on our next trip to Columbia.” Samantha N, Yelp

Directions: After exiting at 111, head toward West Columbia. Maurice’s is just ahead on the left in about 2/10 of a mile. Can’t miss it!

 

Maurice's on Augusta Rd in West Columbia, SC

Maurice’s on Augusta Rd in West Columbia, SC

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Phone: 803-796-4777

Mustard based BBQ with hash and rice, and slaw!

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Hite’s Bar-B-Que

Blurb: “Old school BBQ is how I would sum up Hites. You wont find any propane cookers here! It is family owned and run and they have been doing it the same way for decades. Nothing fancy, but great BBQ at great prices. You can taste the deep smoke and the pork is just outstanding. It’s something a little different than modern (production) BBQ. Do yourself a favor and check them out.” PalmettoEats, TripAdvisor

Directions: After exiting at 111, take US-1 N/Augusta Rd east toward Huntington Dr for a little over a half mile. Turn right onto Dreher Rd and Hite’s will be a little less than a half mile down on your right.

Hites Bar-B-Que in West Columbia, SC

Hites Bar-B-Que in West Columbia, SC

NOTE: Take out only.

Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Phone: 803.794.4120

 

 

True BBQ

Blurb: “We’ve found bbq heaven! True has the best hash and rice, hands down. Their sauces are flavor packed, the food is outstanding and, oh my lord, the hash is out of this world good!! So good, even my super picky 15 year old cleaned her plate. You gotta try it! You won’t be disappointed!!” Cinn01, TripAdvisor

Directions: After exiting at 111, merge onto US-1 N/Augusta Rd. Follow US-1 N/Augusta Rd to 13th St in West Columbia. Turn right. Drive to D Ave. Turn left onto D Ave. True BBQ will be on your right.

True BBQ in West Columbia, SC

True BBQ in West Columbia, SC

Wednesday – Saturday: 10:30 am – 9:00 pm

Phone: 803.791.9950

 

The Pot Smoker BBQ

Blurb: “The aroma of smoked pig greets you as soon as you park the truck, I was very impressed with the staff, offered up samples as soon as we walked in. The pulled pork and ribs were worth the trip, sauces were the perfect compliment. Had the Mac and cheese and baked beans as sides, the perfect compliment to the ribs and pulled pork. If I find myself back in Columbia SC I’ll be back! Also, the local lager on tap went perfectly with the meal.” Tim T, Yelp

Directions: After exiting at 111, merge onto US-1 N/Augusta Rd. Head toward West Columbia. Go straight on US 1 for about 3.5 miles until you reach Park St. Turn right onto Park St. Take your next right onto Senate St. and The Pot Smoker BBQ will be on your right.

The Pot Smoker BBQ Columbia on Senate St.

The Pot Smoker BBQ Columbia on Senate St.

Daily: 11 am – 9:00 pm

Phone: (803) 400-2251

When in the south… #bbq

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SC BBQ on I-26 Exit 113

SC BBQ on I-26 Exit 113

Exit 113 ( SC 302/Columbia Airport/Cayce)

Maurice’s Piggie Park BBQ

NOTE: Maurice’s is a SCBBQ chain with a dozen locations throughout the state, most of them blanketing Columbia. Therefore, there are many exits where you can sample the same product, a true SCBBQ original. Other exits along I-26 include Exit 102, Exit 105, and Exit 111.

We have chosen Exit 113 because it is the quintessential Maurice’s experience and home of the original location, plus there is a buffet on certain days.

Blurb: “I’ve had quite a bit of BBQ pork in my day, and I was pleasantly surprised to find Maurice’s at our stop in Columbia on our way home to Florida. We parked in the old drive in section, and I enjoyed giving my girls the quick history lesson. We also enjoyed all the old photos inside. These folks have been BBQing for a long time, and they pretty well have it figured out! Beans and slaw were excellent too. I’m wishing I would have gotten a bottle of sauce to bring home. I’ve had some mustard-based sauces, but their’s is really, really good. I think I might have to order one. If you like real BBQ, there’s no way you won’t like this.” Matt S, Yelp

Directions: Exit I-26 at 113 and head northeast on Airport Blvd. In a little over 1.5 miles you will arrive at a somewhat convoluted intersection. Maurice’s will be on your right. 

Maurice's on Charleston Hwy in West Columbia, SC

Maurice’s on Charleston Hwy in West Columbia, SC

Buffet Hours:

Wednesday – Lunch 11:30 am – 3 pm
Thursday – Lunch 11:30 am – 3 pm……..Dinner 3 – 8 pm
Friday – Lunch 11:30 am – 3 pm……..Dinner 3 – 9 pm
Saturday – Lunch 11:30 am – 3 pm……..Dinner 3 – 9 pm
Sunday – Lunch 11:30 am – 3 pm

Regular Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm

Sunday: 10 am – 9 pm

Phone: 803.796.0220

 

 

The Palmetto Pig

Blurb: “Palmetto Pig is absolutely the best BBQ restaurant in town. When I think of my favorite restaurant I think of Palmetto Pig. If you are looking for authentic southern food and a full and happy belly go to Palmetto Pig.” Ellie F, Yelp

Directions:  Take exit 113 toward Cayce/Columbia Airport/SC-302. Turn Right onto SC 302. Go for about 1.3 miles. Use any lane to turn slightly left onto US-176 W/US-21 N/US-321 N as you pass by Maurice’s BBQ on your right. Continue straight for about 2.6 miles. Turn left onto Huger and then right onto Devine and Palmetto Pig will be just ahead on your right. (Note: Also readily accessible from Exit 111.)

Palmetto Pig of Columbia, SC

Palmetto Pig of Columbia, SC

Tuesday – Wednesday: 11 am – 2:30 pm

Thursday – Saturday: 11 am – 9:00 pm

Phone: 803.733.2556


SC BBQ on I-26 at Exit 125

Exit 125 (Old Sandy Run Road/Gaston)

Country-Side BBQ

Blurb: “We stumbled upon this gem on our drive from Charleston to Atlanta. It was definitely worth the stop. The servers and staff were great, definitely the definition of “southern hospitality.” My pulled pork sandwich was fantastic, and my family enjoyed the many options in the buffet. 2/3 of us liked their mustard based BBQ sauce, for what it’s worth. Their sweet tea was good and very much bottomless. Prices seemed very reasonable, especially coming from dining in big cities. If you find yourself passing through Swansea on a weekend, stop here!” Drew S, Yelp

Directions:  Leaving I-26 at Exit 125, head west for about 2.4 miles on State Rd S-9-31 toward Valley Ridge Rd.  Then turn left onto Pine Plain Rd/State Rd S-32-65 and go another 4 miles. Turn right onto SC-6 W and go another 1.5 miles and Country-Side will be on your left.

Country-Side BBQ in Swansea, SC

Country-Side BBQ in Swansea, SC

Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 9:30 pm

Phone: 803.568.3385

 

Perfect beginning to a weekend I’ve been looking forward to for weeks. #shestheboog

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SC BBQ on I-26 at Exit 145

Exit 145 (US 601/Orangeburg/St. Matthews)

ASIDE: Orangeburg County has played an important role in the history of SC BBQ. It was here that Earl Dukes opened his first restaurant. That has spawned at least a dozen Dukes restaurants that are open at the time of this writing. These are not franchises or a chain, but all independent and loosely connected by family ties.  They all share a style of  mustard-based BBQ sauce dubbed “Orangeburg Sweet,” which is a viscous concoction of mustard, mayo and ketchup among other things.

Orangeburg also is home to the Bessinger family. Joe Bessinger opened his first restaurant in Holly Hill in 1939. His sons have taken their father’s recipes and techniques to become places like Maurice’s in Columbia and Bessinger’s, Robert’s and Melvin’s in the Charleston area. The Bessinger’s, too, built their BBQ empire upon their own version of a mustard sauce, very different from that of Earl Dukes.

Holly Hill is now home to only Sweatman’s BBQ, another SC BBQ legend, in business since the mid-1970’s. 

All in all, one might say Orangeburg County is, in fact, the birthplace of SC BBQ as we know it.

 

Dukes BBQ (Chestnut Street)

Blurb: “The food is excellent! Service is excellent! Very clean inside, staff always greets you with a smile. You just won’t find BBQ this good anywhere else, I’ve eaten BBQ in Charleston, Columbia and a few places in North Carolina and none of them come close to comparing to Duke’s. I only wish they were open every day!” HWilliams74, TripAdvisor

Directions:  Take Exit 145 and head southwest on US-601 S. After about 3.7 miles, turn right on Chestnut St. and Dukes will be on your left.

Dukes BBQ on Chestnut St. in Orangeburg, SC

Dukes BBQ on Chestnut St. in Orangeburg, SC

NOTE: Cash Only, No Cards Accepted

Thursday – Saturday: 11 am – 8 pm

Phone: 803.534.9418

 


Antley’s

Blurb: “This is the South. Lots of great food at a very reasonable price. The BBQ is superb, and several sauces make it even better! Sweet tea is on the table, but other beverage selections are available. Served cafeteria style, with unlimited refills. If you go away hungry, it’s your own fault. It appears that a large percentage of the clients are locals – making this a plus for travelers passing through this area.” 994Jim, TripAdvisor

Directions:  Exit I-26 at 145 and drive southwest on US-601 S for just over 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Chestnut St. and drive about .7 miles where you will turn left onto St Matthews Rd. Take your first right onto Sims St. and Antley’s will be on your right.

Antley's in Orangeburg, SC

Antley’s in Orangeburg, SC

Thursday – Saturday: 11 am – 8:30 pm

Phone: 803.531.0444

 

 

Brown Derby II

Blurb: “Yelp did not lie! This place serves up some serious Soul Food! We were on our way back to North Carolina from a trip down to Savannah, GA and we were looking for something quick and delicious for dinner. Brown Derby II met both of these requirements. This place is seriously a shack. I just say that up front because I don’t want to mislead anyone. This is not the type of place you come to for a nice atmosphere and nice facilities. It is a small place and is kind of grungy. Looks extremely rundown from the outside and it is in a rough part of town. But NONE of this matters, because the food overcomes all of the negative things about this place.” Nate H, Yelp

Directions: Actually closer to Exit 149 (about 3 miles), but from Exit 145, head south on US-601 S for just over a mile. Turn left onto Cook Rd. and go about 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Belleville Rd/State Rd S-38-29 and drive 2.2 miles. Brown Derby will be on the right.

Brown Derby II in Orangeburg, SC

Brown Derby II in Orangeburg, SC

Wednesday – Saturday: 11 am – 8:30  pm

Sunday: 11:30 am – 7 pm

Phone: 803.539.2722

 

 

 

Dukes BBQ (Whitman St.)

Blurb: “Stopped in here off of I-26 and I am so glad we did. The fried chicken was the best I have ever had. The pulled pork, mac n cheese, and sauce was great too. The fried chicken tho…I went back for seconds. Not sure the story behind all the Duke’s BBQ in South Carolina. Is it a chain? Is each one different? Well, this location was awesome.” TracerEraser, TripAdvisor

Directions: Leaving I-26 via Exit 145, you will drive southwest on US-601 S for just under 5 miles. Turn left onto Whitman St SE and go straight for .7 miles and Dukes will be on your right. 

Dukes Bar-B-Que in Orangeburg

Thursday – Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm

Phone: 803.534.2916

 

You bet I did! ?? Every bite. Meal prep begins tomorrow ? #dukesbbq #noshame #80/20rule

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SC BBQ on I-26 at Exit 172

Exit 172 (US 15/ St. George/Santee/Holly Hill)

Dukes Barbecue

Blurb: “They’re only open on Friday nights for a few hours, which is a little odd. I would eat there again, if I happened to be in St. George on a Friday night.” ~ Miriam W., Yelp

Directions: Take Exit 172 and head south on US-15 S. In about 8 miles, Dukes will be on your right.

Dukes BBQ in Saint George, SC

Dukes BBQ in Saint George, SC

NOTE: Yelp lists Dukes as being permanently closed. We cannot confirm.

NOTE: Cash Only, No Cards Accepted

Friday Only: 4 pm – 8 pm (or until the food runs out)

Phone: 843.563.3939

 

Sweatman’s Bar-B-Que

Blurb: “They turned the old family home into a restaurant in the middle of nowhere on Hwy 453 between Eutawville and Holly Hill. Open only Fri and Sat. We drive 90 minutes and go 2 or 3 times a year. It’s that good.” ~ Faye C, Trip Advisor

>>>Read Our Review

Directions: Sweatman’s is a bit farther than most of the places mapped out for you in this article, but it is worth the extra mile or two. Use our map to find your way.

Sweatman's BBQ, Holly Hill, SC

Sweatman’s BBQ, Holly Hill, SC

Friday – Saturday: 11:30 am – 9 pm

Phone: 803.492.7543

 


 

SC BBQ on I-26 at Exit 187

Exit 187 (SC 27/Ridgeville/St. George)

Dukes Bar-B-Q

Blurb: “New owners but same family! Scotty ran Aiken Dukes with his brother and they do an awesome job!! Catering my wedding was perfectly done would highly recommend either Dukes. The food in Ridgville is Great..pit cooked BBQ and all southern fixns!! If your looking for a well known but hidden Gem in BBQ….this is the place! Pride in every bite!” Travis Golden, Zomato

Directions: Take Exit 187 and head southwest on SC-27 S for just over a mile. Turn left onto US-78 E and in one-half mile, turn right onto SC-27 S. Go a little over 1.5 miles and turn right on Railroad Ave. Dukes will be just ahead on the right at the corner of S. Main and Railroad.

Dukes Bar-B-Que in Ridgeville, SC

Dukes Bar-B-Que in Ridgeville, SC

NOTE: Cash Only, No Cards Accepted

Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm

Phone: 843.871.6507

 

 

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#eating like I’m still on #vacation #dukesbbq

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SC BBQ on I-26 at Exit 199

Exit 199 (US 17 A/Summerville/Moncks Corner)

Sticky Fingers Smokehouse

Note: While Sticky Fingers is a chain found throughout the Southeast, it is a SC original, opening its first restaurant in Mt. Pleasant in 1992; therefore, it meets our criteria for inclusion on this list.

Blurb: “Fantastic food and service.  Best BBQ around. They never disappoint.  We dine here several times monthly.  We used their catering service last weekend for a party and it was equally wonderful.  I would recommend them hands down anytime.” Faye L., Yelp

Directions: Take Exit 199 and head west on US-17 ALT S/N Main St. Sticky Fingers will be just over a half mile down on your right.

Sticky Fingers in Summerville, SC

Sticky Fingers in Summerville, SC

Sunday – Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm

Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 10 pm

Phone: 843.871.7427

 

Joe Bessinger’s BBQ

Blurb: “Stopped for lunch on the way home from Charleston. It was only about three miles from I-26. We both enjoyed the Little Joe Basket which came with a barbecue sandwich, choice of two sides, and drink. We placed our order and sat down and our food came out quickly. The baked beans, coleslaw and sandwich were really good and filling. Their sweet tea was just right. Great food served with southern hospitality in a casual and very clean restaurant.” ASH814, TripAdvisor

Directions: Take Exit 199 and head east on US-17 A for just over 2 miles. Turn right onto College Park Rd. and drive about another mile and Joe Bessinger’s will be on your left.

Joe Bessinger's BBQ in Summerville, SC

Joe Bessinger’s BBQ in Summerville, SC

Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm

Phone: 843.875.6313

 

Baker’s Pond, Gardens, and BBQ Kitchen

Blurb: “What a great little place with food that was just like my grandma used to make.  All is fresh homemade and delicious. My husband had the barbecue and loved every bite.It’s served without sauce and you have 3 different ones to choose from. My favorite was the vinegar, followed closely by the mustard, but all of them were wonderful. The highlight of the meal was the Sweet tea pecan pie and the Bourbon chocolate pecan pie. They were so good you hate to eat that last bite. We ate out by the waterfall and it was so relaxing and peaceful. The owners were very sweet and you can tell they put a lot of love into this venture.We can’t wait to go back for another visit and try the barbecue pie and tomato pie and of course more selections of delicious desserts.” TerriB, TripAdvisor

Directions: Take Exit 199 and head west on US-17 A for a little over 2 miles. Turn right onto W 2nd S St. and quickly turn left onto Central Ave. Baker’s will be about 1.2 miles down on your left.

Baker's in Summerville

Baker’s in Summerville

Thursday – Saturday: 11 am – 7 pm

Phone: 843.875.4469

 


 

SC BBQ on I-26 at Exit 205A

Exit 205A (US 78 West)

Swig & Swine (Summerville Location)

Blurb: “LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!! I thought North Carolina was home of the greatest barbecue, coming here definitely changed my mind! Not only was the service super quick, but the food tasted amazing. I loved the sauces that they had available to choose from. It’s a very cool looking place on the outside. The location is definitely convenient. I have absolutely no complaints. The macaroni was great, along with the baked potato salad. I know for a fact I will be returning!” Joi C, Yelp

Directions: Take exit 205A to merge onto US-78 W (away from Charleston Southern University) toward Ladson. Go about 1.5 miles, then use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto Ladson Rd/State Rd S-10-76. Travel down Ladson Rd. about 4.5 miles where you will then turn left onto County Rd S-18-199/Old Trolley Rd. Follow Old Trolley Rd. for about .2 miles and Swig & Swine will be on your right.

Swig and Swine in Summerville

Swig and Swine in Summerville

Daily: 11 am – 10 pm

Phone: 843.771.9688

 

Family Plates flying out in Summerville!! #allwoodallthetime #wholehogbbq

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SC BBQ on I-26 at Exit 209

SC BBQ on I-26 at Exit 209

Exit 209 (Ashley Phosphate Road)

Charleston’s RightOnQue

Blurb: “We had pork, chicken, and brisket. It was goood, love that we have a neighborhood stop for some tasty food. Also Mac and cheese was a hit, can’t wait to try the ribs next week!” Kyle Taylor, Facebook Review

Directions: Getting to Robert’s is simple, but because of the way the exits for 209 vary depending on the direction you are traveling, we will try to simplify the directions:

Exit at 209. If you were heading toward Charleston, turn left on Ashley Phosphate; if not, turn right onto Ashley Phosphate. Once on Ashley Phosphate, simply drive straight to the intersection at Rivers Ave and turn left. Drive about 1/2 a mile and turn right onto Eagle Landing Blvd. Follow Eagle Landing Blvd. for about a 1/2 mile and Charleston’s RightOnQue will be on your left.

Charleston's RightOnQue in Hanahan

Charleston’s RightOnQue in Hanahan

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 4 pm – 8 pm

Phone: (843) 813-3643

 

It’s the remix to ignition hot and fresh out the kitchennn 🔥

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Robert’s Bar-B-Que

Blurb: “We stopped into Robert’s based on a recommendation from the hotel we were staying at and were not disappointed. We wanted something quick and inexpensive while at the same time providing a good taste of Southern BBQ, Robert’s hit the spot. Although I am not a huge fan of Mustard Q my husband is and thoroughly enjoyed it.” DiFaSuMaHaWa, TripAdvisor

Directions: Getting to Robert’s is simple, but because of the way the exits for 209 vary depending on the direction you are traveling, we will try to simplify the directions:

Exit at 209. If you were heading toward Charleston, turn right on Ashley Phosphate; if not, turn left onto Ashley Phosphate. Once on Ashley Phosphate, simply drive straight about 3.5 miles and Robert’s will be on your right.

Robert's Barbecue in North Charleston, SC

Robert’s Barbecue in North Charleston, SC

Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 9 pm

Phone: 843.552.1305

 

Been around the world but you only find a #bbq plate with #hashandrice in one place…home

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SC BBQ on I-26 at Exit 213

SC BBQ on I-26 at Exit 213

Exit 213 (Montague Avenue/Tanger Outlet Boulevard/Mall Drive)

Dukes Bar-B-Que

Blurb: “The looks of the place will scare you. Don’t let it run you off because this is an authentic BBQ joint. No fancy stuff, just excellent pulled pork meat, the best hash on the planet, slaw, rice, white bread and bread-and-butter pickles. You can eat in at the picnic tables covered with vinyl red and white checked tablecloths or take out. The large to-go plate makes about three normal portion meals. Don’t succumb to the temptation to eat it all at once.”

Directions: Take Exit 213 and head northeast on E Montague Ave for about 1.1 miles where you will encounter a large traffic circle. Turn right onto Park Circle and then another right on Buist Ave. Follow Buist for about .3 miles where you will turn right on Spruill Ave. Dukes will be just ahead on your left.

Dukes Bar-B-Que in North Charleston, SCDukes Bar-B-Que in North Charleston, SC

Dukes Bar-B-Que in North Charleston, SC

NOTE: Cash Only, No Cards Accepted

Friday – Saturday: 4 pm – 7 pm

Phone: (843) 554-1110

God bless the south 🙌🏻🙌🏻

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Southern Roots Smokehouse

Blurb: “Great BBQ.  Great choice of 5 completely different sauces at your table.  That sides were obviously home made and as a small batch. Atmosphere was amazing as well including the outdoor type feel inside with the big windows that open up to the nice park circle sidewalk.  Super great place. Rated this a 5 star only because I couldn’t rate it any higher.” Brad H, Yelp

Directions: Take Exit 213 and head northeast on E Montague Ave for about 1.1 miles where you will encounter a large traffic circle. Turn right onto Park Circle and then another right on East Montague Ave. Southern Roots will be about .4 miles ahead on the right.

Southern Roots Smokehouse in North Charleston's Park Circle

Southern Roots Smokehouse in North Charleston’s Park Circle

Daily: 11 am – 2 am

Phone: 843.805.4147

Just had a great lunch after the NEDA walk 💚💙 #CharlestonNEDAwalk

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C BBQ on I-26 at Exit 219A

 

Rodney Scott’s BBQ

Blurb:  “Was their 9th official customer on their opening day (today)! Their whole hog barbecue is some of the best I’ve ever had (at their original location in Hemingway, South Carolina) and today’s was just just as good, if not better. Fun atmosphere, friendly service and this location offers an expanded menu selection with more choices when it comes to sides and they offer beer, too! Highly recommended. ” Jarrod Daughtry, Google Review

Directions: Note: if you are traveling west on I-26 away from Charleston, there is no exit for you to take until 218. We suggest using our map to find your way.

If heading toward Charleston, exit at 219A, Rutledge Ave. Stay straight on Rutledge until you’ve travelled about a mile. When you reach Grove St., turn left. Drive straight down Grove about .2 miles until you reach the corner of Grove and King St. Rodney Scott’s occupies the building on the corner of Grove and King. Can’t miss it.

Rodney Scott's BBQ in Charleston

Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Charleston

Daily: 11 am – 9 pm

Phone: (843) 990-9535

 

Perloo rice, greens, whole hog bbq @rodneyscottsbbq.

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SC BBQ on I-26 at Exit 219B

Exit 219B (Morrison Drive/East Bay Street)

Lewis Barbecue

Blurb:  “Folks, take it from a Texan, John Lewis is the reel deel. The real McCoy. This BBQ is solid and he’s serving up some of the best BBQ in town. The brisket is on point (although I suspect you Charlestonians will be keen for the pork…also a slam dunk)! He always has delicious specials so don’t sell yourself short. The sides are great as well- bacon potato salad and lemon vinaigrette cole slaw. Come hungry because this is the type of food you don’t wanna miss out on. Here’s to a successful career for Mr. Lewis.” Zach F., Yelp

Directions: Note: if you are traveling west on I-26 away from Charleston, there is no exit for you to take until 218. We suggest using our map to find your way.

If heading toward Charleston, exit at 219B. Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp onto Mt. Pleasant St. Go straight until you reach the intersection in about .2 miles. Go straight through onto what will now be Morrison Dr. Follow Morrison for about .3 miles where you will turn right onto Isabella St. Lewis will be just ahead on your right.

(219A also will get you there: just follow Rutledge until you reach Mt. Pleasant St. Then turn left and follow the directions for 219B.)

 

Lewis Barbecue - Front

Lewis Barbecue – Front

Thursday – Sunday: 11 am – 10 pm

Phone: 843.805.9500

>>>Read Our Review

>>>Read Our Interview with Lewis

 

Is that a beef rib in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? @lewisbarbecue #testrun2 #atlonglast

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Home Team BBQ

Blurb: “Hubby and I were in Charleston for the week. We knew we wanted to try BBQ on our trip. We asked several locals for a good joint for BBQ and they all recommended Home Team. We were not disappointed. I know good BBQ and this was finger lickin’ good!” Becky R, Yelp

Directions: Note: if you are traveling west on I-26 away from Charleston, there is no exit for you to take until 218. We suggest using our map to find your way.

If heading toward Charleston, exit at 219B. Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp onto Mt. Pleasant St. Go straight until you reach the intersection in about .2 miles. Go straight through onto what will now be Morrison Dr. Follow Morrison for about .3 miles where you will turn right onto Williman St. Home Team will be just ahead on your left.

(219A also will get you there: just follow Rutledge until you reach Mt. Pleasant St. Then turn left and follow the directions for 219B.)

Home Team BBQ on Williman St in Charleston, SC

Home Team BBQ on Williman St in Charleston, SC

Open Daily: 11 am – 10 pm

Phone: 843-225-7427

 

Pork, cracklins. #downtown

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SCBBQ Road Trip Articles:

The I-95 Corridor

I-26: The First 100 Exits (Landrum – Chapin)

I-26: The Final Exits (Columbia – Charleston)

Interstate 2o

Interstate 85

Interstate 77

  • Everything looks so delicious and tasty! I want to have the same gastro trip as you had) I can advice you also to try “Tom’s BBQ”. It is a worthy place)

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