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SCBBQ Road Trip: Interstate 85

SC BBQ Road Trip I-85 Sign

Barbeque in South Carolina is so unique and plentiful that those taking a road trip within our state would need a guide to help them find the best location to sample from the SC BBQ Trail. With that in mind, we have created SC BBQ Road Trip: A Restaurant Field Guide for each interstate that traverses our state. This edition covers Interstate 85.

Interstate 85 in South Carolina extends diagonally across the western corner of the state before exiting in Cherokee County.

This journey has Interstate 85 passing through only one of the four primary barbecue regions in the state. Regardless, those who find themselves on I-85 have ample opportunity to sample traditional South Carolina barbecue, and they don’t need to detour far from their travels to do so.

Interstate 85 extends 107 miles during its passage through the state.  On this relatively short journey, I-85 spends its entire length in the region of SC most known for a light tomato sauce.

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

SC BBQ Sauce Regions

SC BBQ Sauce Regions

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 that 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 Interstate 85. 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 should you look and how far do you have to go to get real SC BBQ?

We strongly suggest checking out and using 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-85.

In addition, we’ll recommend the “Must Visit” SCBBQ restaurants you will pass as you travel I-85.

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 similar to Dukes restaurants in SC that 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, odd-numbered interstates run south-north, with lower numbered interstates starting in the west;  I-85 is clearly a south-north running, East coast interstate, being such a high, odd number.
  • mile markers for south-north running interstates begin at the southern end of each interstate

Thus, we will follow the exits along I-20 from where it begins in Columbia until it exits near Charlotte.

Buckle your seatbelt and away we go…


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

SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 1

Exit 1 (SC 11 north (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway) – Walhalla)

The Spotted Pig

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

Blurb: “The Spotted Pig is the best place to eat, hands down. Everyone that I know that has eaten here, agrees that it’s the best BBQ around. I mean, why else would they sell out of food so quickly? The service is phenomenal as well. If you’re in the area (and even if you’re not) give this place a try, I promise you won’t regret it!” Hannah R., Yelp

Directions: Take Exit 1 and head northwest on SC-11 N for about 3.8 miles and The Spotted Pig will be on your right.

The Spotted Pig in FairPlay, SC

The Spotted Pig in FairPlay, SC

Thursday – Saturday: 10 am – 9pm

Phone: 864.972.3065

 

#reallife

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SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 14

Exit 14 (SC 187 – Pendleton, Clemson)

Sadler’s Creek BBQ

Blurb: “Great BBQ and the service is outstanding. You feel at home when you walk thru the door 🙂 Make sure you have cash or check as they do not accept plastic.” Jarold L., TripAdvisor

Directions: A scenic drive over Lake Hartwell, take Exit 14 and head southeast on SC-187 toward Arnold Rd. Go about 1.3 miles and turn left onto SC-187/SC-24 E. Drive about 2.7 miles where following 187 will require you to turn right. Turn right onto SC-187 and go about 2.6 miles and Sadler’s Creek BBQ will be on your left, set back a good bit from the road.

Sadler's Creek in S Anderson, SC

Sadler’s Creek in S Anderson, SC

NOTE: ****Cash Only.

Saturday: 11 am – 8:30 pm

Phone: 864.225.2425

 

 

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South Carolina for the win. #RibSupremacy #SadlersCreekBBQ

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SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 19

SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 19

Exit 19 (US 76 / SC 28 – Clemson, Anderson)

Creekside Bar-Be-Que

Blurb: “We are BBQ lovers and try local restaurants whenever we travel. Everyone has different preferences in BBQ, and this one did not disappoint us. The pork was tender and flavorful. So was the brisket. All of the sides we ate were also homemade and fresh. Sauces are made in house – four to chose from. The portions were enormous. There are nightly specials of different meats and sides. If we lived closer, we’d go there often.” NCPat, TripAdvisor

Directions: Take Exit 19 and head south on US-76 E/Clemson Blvd.  When you have traveled about 2.1 miles, turn right onto State Hwy 61/Salem Church Rd. Creekside will be about .2 miles ahead on your left.

Creekside Bar-Be-Que

Creekside Bar-Be-Que

Thursday – Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 2 pm

Phone: 864.260.9093

 

Lunch from Creekside BBQ! Brisket plate w/ Mac n cheese, Fries, Slaw and Toast

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The Smokin’ Pig

Blurb: “Everything is amazing! The BBQ sauces are all great. My favorites are the spicy one and the honey mustard. I don’t normally like honey mustard sauces but theirs is great. Bonus is all of their sides are wonderful. Their cobbler, no matter what kind, is to die for and is a must try. I also recommend the cheesy jalapeño grits, they’re hardly spicy but they have an amazing flavor.” Erin Graf, Zomato

Directions: Take Exit 19 and head north on US-76 W toward Electric City Boulevard. The Smokin’ Pig will be on your right in about 4 miles.

Note: The Smokin’ Pig also has locations in Pendleton and Easley.

The Smoking Pig in Williamston, SC

The Smoking Pig in Williamston, SC

Thursday – Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm

Phone: 864.841.2323

 

Pork and brisket combo. Both meats smokey and moist. Very good. -Monk

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SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 21

Exit 21 (US 178 – Anderson, Liberty)

The Pompous Pig

Blurb: “Might I note I have worked in bbq and have experience directly smoking and seasoning the meats and everything else involved. I’ve had bbq in many states now and none I have tried comes close to the quality and freshness of this establishment.” Melissa R., Yelp

Directions: Take Exit 21 and head south on US-178 E toward 1129 for about 2.1 miles. When you reach Clemson Blvd., turn left and The Pompous Pig will be about .8 miles down on your left.

It is also accessible easily from Exit 19 via Clemson Blvd.

The Pompous Pig in Anderson, SC

The Pompous Pig in Anderson, SC

Tuesday – Thursday: 11 am – 8 pm

Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm

Phone: 864.231.7447

Pulled pork, okra, and sweet potato!

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Little Pigs of Anderson

Blurb: “I was in the area and looked at TA reviews – thanks! Awesome real BBQ and the portions are huge! Inspired: the atmosphere – a step back in time Atmosphere: basic restaurant Service: excellent Food: loved the BBQ Drink: get your sweet tea here Parking: easy free lot in front Discovered: thanks to TA reviews Return: yes.” 275GTS, TripAdvisor

Directions: Take Exit 21 and head south on US-178 E toward 1129. In about 2.1 miles, turn left onto US-178 E/US-76 E and go 1.3 miles. Continue straight onto N Main St for 1.8 miles and Little Pigs will be on your right.

It is also accessible easily from Exit 19 via Clemson Blvd. (which becomes N. Main.)

The Little Pigs in Anderson, SC

The Little Pigs in Anderson, SC

Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am – 8 pm

Phone: 864.226.7388

 

The food shot. #bbq #GodBlessThePig

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Circle M BBQ

Blurb: “The whole hog park is special. If you know about Scott’s in Hemmingway, you could compare it to Circle M. It doesn’t need extra sauce as they must mix some in when they pull it; the sauce in the meat is vinegar based with a bit of a kick perhaps from paprika and other spices. This is the best pork BBQ in the entire Upstate of SC and that is saying something, with great places like Smokin’ Pig also in the upcountry.” Joe E., Yelp

Directions: Simply take Exit 21 and head north on US-178 W for about 9.1 miles. Turn left when you reach Martin Sausage Rd and Circle M will be on your right (though it will be visible on your left before you turn as Circle M is on the corner).

Circle M BBQ

Circle M BBQ

Friday – Saturday: 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Phone: 864.375.9133

 


SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 32

SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 32

Exit 32 (SC 8 – Pelzer, Belton)

Southern Smoke BBQ

Blurb: “The pork BBQ was delicious with a smoky sweet flavor that made sauce unnecessary. The service was fast and the staff was attentive. I ate with a very large party and they handled our orders quickly and correctly. The most pleasant surprise was the brunswick stew that was the best I have tasted in a long time with a mixture of sweet, smoky, and spicy flavors. I bought another quart of the stew and enjoyed some of it at work for the next two days. My coworkers all had to have a taste when they smelled it heating in the microwave and, consequently, a number of them have visited Southern Smoke since that time.” Andy R, TripAdvisor

Directions: Take Exit 32 and head toward Pelzer and Williamston. Southern Smoke will be about 1.6 miles ahead on your left.

Southern Smoke BBQ in Pelzer

Southern Smoke BBQ in Pelzer

Thursday – Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm

Phone: (864) 402-6040

 

Southern Smoke BBQ Plates

Southern Smoke BBQ Plates


SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 40

Exit 40 (SC 153 – Easley)

Mutt’s BBQ

Blurb: “This is one of the local diamonds in Easley. It has plenty of local flavor and a train that runs around the restaurant. The buffet is really good with fried chicken and ribs. You will enjoy eating here.” Mike G., TripAdvisor

Directions: Take Exit 40 and head northwest on SC-153, driving about 4.3 miles. Turn left onto State Rd S-39-28 (Old Easley Bridge Rd.) and follow to the right as it becomes Powdersville Rd. Continue on Powdersville for 1.9 miles, where you will find Mutt’s on your left. 

Mutt's BBQ in Easley, SC

Mutt’s BBQ in Easley, SC

Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 8 pm

Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 2:30 pm

Phone: 864.442.1400

 

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SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 42

Exit 42 (I-185 / US 29 north – Greenville, Columbia)

Little Pigs Bar-B-Q

Blurb: “Shared the Pulled Pork with cole slaw and string beans with rolls. We had it with the Mustard based sauce which added a little spice and flavor to the already slightly sweet flavors of the pork. The portion size was generous and filling. When I’m in the area again, I will be back!” Adderly3c, TripAdvisor

Directions:  Take Exit 42 and head North toward Downtown Greenville. In about 3.3 miles Little Pigs will be on your left.

Little Pigs in Greenville, SC

Little Pigs on Mills St. in Greenville, SC

Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 7:30 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm

Phone(864) 235-7211

#Merica 🇺🇸🐖🐽 #memorialday #barbecue #eatingclean #sike

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SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 48

Exit 48 (US 276 – Mauldin, Greenville)

Little Pigs BBQ of Mauldin

Blurb: “My favorite place for BBQ! I have been coming to this place for years and it never disappoints. If you dine in they have bottles of all of the different sauces available to try. It gives you the option to mix it up. The pulled pork on the sandwich is piled high so it almost enough to make 2 sandwiches. Every side I have tried has been very good but the french fries and coleslaw reign supreme. It’s a great spot for BBQ.” Ayelneh, TripAdvisor

Directions:  Take Exit 48 and head toward Mauldin on 276. Follow 276 for a little over 3 miles and Little Pigs will be on your left.

Little Pigs BBQ in Mauldin

Little Pigs BBQ in Mauldin now in the former Pizza Factory building.

Monday – Saturday: 10:30 am – 8 pm

Phone864 288 6615

Mike and Jeff’s BBQ

Blurb: “Located in a disjointed little building. This place has 2 things — character and great food. A group of us have been dining at area mom and pop BBQ spots. Our stop at M&J BBQ was a huge hit with all of us. Extremely fair pricing. We all had the pork with various sides. Potato salad, French fries, mac n cheese, baked beans and sweet potatoes were among our choices. The serving sizes of the sides was generous and fair.” abcjjl, TripAdvisor

Directions:  Take Exit 48 toward Greenville and merge onto 276. Head northwest for 5.6 miles, continuing straight onto W Stone Ave. Turn right onto SC-183/Pete Hollis Blvd and go about .8 miles to Old Buncombe Rd. Turn right toward Old Buncombe Rd and continue on Old Buncombe Rd for .4 miles and Mike and Jeff’s will be on the left.

Mike and Jeff's BBQ in Greenville, SC

Mike and Jeff’s BBQ in Greenville, SC

Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 7 pm

Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm

Phone864.271.5225

 

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Also accessible from Exit 48 are additional locations of restaurants we’ve featured at other exits along I-85 including the following:

Mutt’s BBQ of Mauldin

Henry’s Smokehouse (Simpsonville location)

Henry’s Smokehouse (Downtown Greenville)


SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 51A

Exit 51A (Woodruff Road)

Tom’s BBQ

Blurb: “Great BBQ, great prices, great service.  I have purchased bbq by the pound here many times for events. You can’t beat the price, but it’s  also the best bbq around.  Their hushpuppies are good too.  The best mac & cheese and good banana pudding.  My only complaint about this place is that there are not more locations.” Diane H., Yelp

Directions:  Take Exit 51-A and head southeast on SC-146 W/Woodruff Rd for about a half mile. Tom’s will be on the left just past Lowe’s.

Tom's BBQ in Greenville, SC

Tom’s BBQ in Greenville, SC

Monday – Saturday: 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Phone(864) 288-2652

 

Sticky Fingers Smokehouse

Blurb: “It was excellent! I had a half rack of memphis dry ribs with fried and sweet potato casserole. The ribs were moist & tasty, the fried were hot and had great seasoning and I loved the SP casserole! My husband had pulled pork and his was good too. The service was fast on a Saturday night. We will be returning to this location soon!” Kerry C., TripAdvisor

Directions: Take Exit 51-A and head southeast on SC-146 W/Woodruff Rd for just under a half mile. Turn right on Market Point Dr. Sticky Fingers will be just ahead on the left.

Sticky Fingers on Market Point in Greenville, SC

Sticky Fingers on Market Point in Greenville, SC

Sunday – Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm

Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 10 pm

Phone: 864.458.7427

 

Henry’s Smokehouse

Blurb: “Basically anything they serve on the menu is excellent. That is why my employer and many others choose Henry’s Smokehouse for their special occasions. Everything is authentic Southern food. And they are reasonably priced. I love the smell of the firewood from the smoker in Greenville.” Paul V., TripAdvisor

Directions: Take Exit 51-A and head southeast on SC-146 E/Woodruff Rd toward Carolina Point Pkwy. In a little over 2 miles, Henry’s will be on your right in the Bi-Lo shopping center

Henry's SmokeHouse Woodruff Rd

Henry’s SmokeHouse Woodruff Rd

Wednesday – Thursday: 11 am – 4 pm

Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 8 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm

Phone: 864.213.9770

 

Legit BBQ

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Smoky Dreams Barbecue

Blurb: “This is definitely the best barbecue in Greenville. I feel like I can only second what the other reviewers have already pointed out. The people are friendly and treat everyone who comes like family. The food is astonishing.” Will G, Yelp

Directions: Take Exit 51-A and head southeast on SC-146 E/Woodruff Rd toward Carolina Point Pkwy. In about 2.5 miles Smoky Dreams will be on your left beside McDonald’s on the corner of Woodruff and SC-14.

Smoky Dreams BBQ on Woodruff Rd. in Greenville, SC

Smoky Dreams BBQ on Woodruff Rd. in Greenville, SC

Wednesday – Saturday: 11 am – 7 pm

Phone: 864.627.4227

 


 

SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 54

SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 54

Exit 54 (Pelham Road)

Charlie’s Bar-B-Que

Blurb: “I just moved here from Kansas City and this place gets my stamp of approval! I got fries, beans, pork, chips, bread, and a drink for $8.50. Hard to beat. Sides were great, BBQ was good, and I love this sauce. Also It was ready before I could even finish paying. This is a hole in the wall with no frills, which is my favorite kind of place.” Andrew D., Yelp

Directions: Take Exit 54 and head east toward Pelham Rd. Follow Pelham for about 2 miles. When you reach the strip mall Pelham at 14, turn in to your right and Charlies is the far left-hand store of the mall.

Charlie’s Bar-b-que

Charlie’s Bar-b-que

Monday – Thursday: 8 am – 8 pm

Friday – Saturday: 8 am – 9 pm

Phone: 864.297.7876

Welcome to the south! #bbq #sweettea

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Bucky’s Bar-B-Q

Bucky’s has 4 locations in the Greenville area. This location is the closest to I-85.

Blurb: “Really good authentic, traditional BBQ. Pulled pork is awesome, Mac n cheese, sweet potato crunch is amaaaazing! Great size portions, sweet tea was also very good. Nothing fancy about it, just great barbecue. I’ll be back for sure!” John K., Yelp

Directions: Take Exit 54 and head east toward Pelham Rd. Quickly, you will take your first right onto SC-564, which you will follow for about 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Snipes Rd and drive about .3 miles where you will come to a stop sign. Turn right to stay on Snipes Rd and go about .4 miles. When you reach Roper Mountain Rd, turn left. Bucky’s will be just ahead on the right.

Bucky’s Bar-B-Q

Bucky’s Bar-B-Q

Monday – Tuesday: 10 am – 2:30 pm

Wednesday – Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm

Phone: 864.329.0054

 

Hands down the best BBQ I have ever eaten. Ever. #nofilter

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Little Pigs Bar-B-Que

Blurb: “I visit here for lunch frequently. The restaurant has a lunch special which is a barbecue sandwich, two sides and a drink for around $8. The barbecue is quite good for the money and I typically get macaroni and cheese and green beans for my sides. Overall, it’s pretty hard to beat for the price and the barbecue is very good.” mjswansona, TripAdvisor

Directions: Take Exit 54 and head northwest on Pelham Rd toward The Parkway. After 1 mile, turn right onto Boiling Springs Rd and drive for a little over 2 miles where the road ends. Turn left onto Old Spartanburg Rd. In about .3 miles, turn right onto Hudson Rd. Little Pigs will be just ahead on the right in the strip mall currently anchored by Bi-Lo.

Little Pigs Bar-B-Q in Greer, SC

Little Pigs Bar-B-Q in Greer, SC

Monday – Saturday: 10:30 am – 8 pm

Phone: 864.244.1090

Little Pigs BBQ Hudson Corners

Little Pigs BBQ Hudson Corners


Exit 63 (SC 290 – Moore, Duncan)

Game Day BBQ

Blurb: “Very nice place, squeaky clean! Friendly, fast service, great beverage and dining area. The ribs fell off the bone and tasty? Wow! Tried the sauces, very tasty, only as a compliment so used very little. Super coleslaw!” Jerry E, Yelp

Directions: Take Exit 63 and head west toward E Main St. In about 2.8 miles, Sim’s BBQ will be on your left.

Game Day BBQ in Duncan, SC

Game Day BBQ in Duncan, SC

Wednesday – Thursday: 10:30 am – 7 pm

Friday – Saturday: 10:30 am – 8 pm

Phone: (864) 249-6787

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SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 66

Exit 66 (US 29/Spartanburg, Wellford, Lyman)

Smok’y Blues BBQ

Blurb: “While passing by on a road trip we stopped in for lunch. We were very impressed with our lunch, the sliced brisket was great along with the pulled pork. The ribs were perfectly cooked with a great smokey flavor. I would highly recommend this place as its close off of the interstate if your looking for a good spot. The sides were all good as well. I would highly recommend trying the moonshine sauce, a very tasty mix.” Ryan M, Yelp

Directions: Take Exit 66 and head east on US-29 N toward New Hope Dr, driving about 4.1 miles. Then turn right onto S Blackstock Rd and drive about .3 miles and then turn right onto S 499/Oak Grove Rd. Smok’y Blues will be about a half mile down on your right.

Smok'y Blues in Duncan, SC

Smok’y Blues in Duncan, SC

Wednesday – Saturday: 11 am – 7 pm

Phone: 864.587.1807

 

Lunch Time With @dlparker83 #bbq #lunch #FatKidStatus #eat

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SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 72

Exit 72 (US 176 to I-585 – Spartanburg, Inman)

Carolina BBQ and More

Blurb: “Went based on trip advisor ratings. Couldn’t have had better food. Ribs and chicken top notch. Sides also good. Must have the hush puppies. Service was amazing. Absolutely a must if in the spartanburg area!” Murry G, TripAdvisor

Directions: Take Exit 72 and head east on US-176 E/N Pine St. After about 1.1 miles,  take the E Campus Blvd exit toward USC Upstate and then keep right at the fork, follow signs for East Campus Boulevard and merge onto E Campus Blvd. Continue onto S 79/Lone Oak Rd and in about .4 miles Carolina Barbecue will be on your right.

Carolina Barbecue in Spartanburg, SC

Carolina Barbecue in Spartanburg, SC

Monday – Thursday: 10:30 am – 8 pm

Friday – Saturday: 10:30 am – 9 pm

Phone: 864.503.0542

 

Lunch with the wifey #ribs #brisket #macNcheese #yummy #fatboystatus #okra #BBQ

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SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 75

SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 75

Exit 75 (SC 9 – Spartanburg, Boiling Springs)

Little Pigs of Pine St.

Blurb: “”My husband and I LOVE this place. This little restaurant has BBQ that is excellent! I always get Sams Regular – their pulled pork sandwich — with 2 sides (I get green beens and sweet potato crunch!) I load that sandwich up with their “Secret” sauce (We HAVE to buy this in a quart every time we come because its finger lickin good). I’d recommend this restaurant to anyone!” ~ Jessica Watts, Google Review

Directions: Take Exit 75 and head 

Little Pigs BBQ of Pine St in Spartanburg

Little Pigs BBQ of Pine St in Spartanburg

Monday – Saturday: 11 am – 8 pm

Phone: (864) 310-6282

 


SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 78

Exit 78 (US 221 – Chesnee, Spartanburg)

Southern Barbeque

Blurb: “Southern BBQ is a great local place with the best bbq in town. Their sauces are a great addition to the actual bbq. Their BBQ coleslaw is incredible as well. The staff is so nice and friendly and the food comes out quickly if you’re in a hurry. BBQ doesn’t get much better than this in Spartanburg.” Rebecca K, Yelp

Directions: Take Exit 78 and head north on US-221 N toward Fairview Church Rd. Southern BBQ will be on your left between two gas stations right just off the exit.

Southern Barbecue in Spartanburg, SC

Southern Barbecue in Spartanburg, SC

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:30 am – 8 pm

Phone: 864.515.9877

Back in the #US and I had to get some down home good old fashioned #Carolina #BBQ Mission Accomplished! #GEAM

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Pig Out #2

Blurb: “Awesome !!!!! Love this place. Great ribs , killer pulled pork & great homemade peach cobbler. This is joes second place. His flag ship BBQ on new cut road is worth the drive  if your in the area. Just outstanding Carolina BBQ.” Dave W, Yelp

Directions: Take Exit 78 and head south on US-221 S toward Sun N Sand Rd. After about 1.4 miles, turn left onto Floyd Rd and go another 1.1 miles. Turn right onto Floyd Rd Extension and follow that as it becomes Floyd St for a total of about 1.3 miles. Then turn right onto S 44/Drayton Rd and Pig Out will be .3 miles ahead on the left.

Pig Out #2 in Drayton, SC

Pig Out #2 in Drayton, SC

NOTE: Cash Only; Cards not accepted.

Tuesday – Wednesday: 11 am – 3 pm

Thursday – Saturday: 11 am – 8 pm

Phone: (864) 327-8230

 


SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 80

Exit 80 (Road 57, Gossett Road)

KBBQ

Blurb: “It’s been a while since I had some good downhome BBQ. I hear this place used to be a food truck and now they have a place of their own. It’s easy to get to with plenty of parking. The staff is super nice. They have some good lunch deals that will fill you in. Make sure to try their signature sauces, especially the Ivory.” Aaron S, Yelp

Directions: Take Exit 80 and head south toward Spartanburg. Travel about 1.5 miles, then turn right onto S 31/Cannons Campground Rd/State Rd S-42-31. In 1.2 miles, turn left onto Plainview Dr. Follow Plainview Dr for about 1.1 miles, then turn right onto E Main St (29). Follow E. Main for about .7 miles. Turn left onto Dawn Redwood Dr. and KBBQ will be just ahead on your right.

KBBQ in Spartanburg

KBBQ in Spartanburg

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:30 am – 9 pm

Phone:(864) 707-5727

#eatlocal #spartanburgsc

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SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 83

Exit 90 (SC 110 – Cowpens, Chesnee)

Bluegrass BBQ

Blurb: “Possibly some of the best BBQ I have had in a while! We had a combo plate of BBQ, Chicken and Ribs with corn and baked beans plus a kids BBQ meal. 3 people stuffed for $17! The only thing that would have made it better is if there was a mustard based sauce option (please! Someone around here work on that!) staff/owners were also super friendly! Would definitely recommend!” Shelly S, Yelp

Directions: The route varies a bit depending on which direction your are going on I-85, but either way take Exit 83, exit onto SC-110 S/Battleground Rd and head toward Cowpens. In about 1.7 miles turn right onto N Main St. Go another .2 miles and Bluegrass will be on your left.

Bluegrass BBQ in Cowpens, SC

Bluegrass BBQ in Cowpens, SC

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:30 am – 9 pm

Phone:(864)406-0072

 

#wholetater here is a whole tater weighing from 2.5-3lbs!! #bluegrassbbqcowpens

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SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 90

Exit 90 (SC 105 south – Gaffney)

Grandaddy’s BBQ and Country Store

Blurb: “This is the best BBQ in Gaffney! They have excellent service, great ribs, and a great selection of sides. So glad to see them expending and adding even more side options. If you are just passing through on 85 and looking for great BBQ they are conveniently located just off 85.” Jessica O., Yelp

Directions: Take Exit 90 and head onto SC-105 S, then turn right onto Lemmons Ln. GrandDaddy’s will be on your left.

Granddaddy's BBQ in Gaffney, SC

Granddaddy’s BBQ in Gaffney, SC

Tuesday – Thursday: 11 am – 8 pm

Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm

Phone: 864-649-1790

 


 

SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 92

Exit 92 (SC 11 (Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway) to SC 150 – Gaffney, Chesnee)

Daddy Joe’s Beach House BBQ

Blurb: “Awesome food and service. We were traveling and stumbled on this gem. The Bbq was delicious and the shack chips were fabulous!!! Didn’t  know cheesy chips like this existed… Grilled zucchini and tomatoes were a excellent healthy side. Wow! And don’t forget the hard cider…..” Cyd P, Yelp

Directions: Take Exit 92 and head southeast on SC-11 N/W Floyd Baker Blvd. Daddy Joe’s will be on your left in about .9 miles.

Daddy Joe’s Beach House BBQ & Grill

Daddy Joe’s Beach House BBQ & Grill

Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 10 pm

Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 11 pm

Phone: 864.487.7427 (RIBS )

 

See what this SC bbq is all about.

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 SC BBQ on I-85 at Exit 96

 Exit 96 (SC 18 – Shelby)

Big JT’s BBQ

Blurb: “My husband wanted authentic BBQ while we were visiting South Carolina and this is the place to go!!! There were 5 of us and we ordered some amazing food. The ribs literally fell off the bone and the sauce was delicious. We had hash which I had never tried before and it was so tender and flavorful, will definitely get it again.   We had delicious brisket. The sides were all outstanding…..” Paula M., Yelp

Directions: Big JT’s sits right on the corner of I-85 and Shelby Hwy.  Take Exit 96. If you are heading East (toward NC), the location will be on your left on a frontage road.  If you are heading West (toward Gaffney), the location will be directly ahead on Wilcox Ave. Just cross over Shelby Hwy from the top of the Exit and you can’t miss it.

Big JT's BBQ in Gaffney, SC

Big JT’s BBQ in Gaffney, SC

Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm

Phone: (864) 487-5252

Excellent!!

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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

 

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