South Carolina is a BBQ hotspot.
Just look at the billboards promoting the SC BBQ Trail as you travel SC’s major roadways. You can’t help but notice — and be tempted to stop in somewhere and grab a bite.
So just why did SC decide to promote BBQ of all things?
A Little History
Well, the reasons are many:
- First, South Carolina is arguably the birthplace of BBQ. Like with most things, SC stands proud upon its traditions.
- Our state boasts several distinct regions wherein BBQ enthusiasts can sample a barbecue that is at once historically unique to that section of the state and, yet, significantly different from what may be served in even a neighboring county. Much of that has to do with the “base” its sauce is built upon.
- SC is the only state in the union in which four different sauces evolved and stood the test of time. Here we enjoy vinegar-pepper, light tomato, heavy tomato, and the sauce that is most unique to SC, a mustard-base.
- See this map to get a better understanding of where you are likely to find a certain sauce type:
With such a history, it’s no wonder those traveling within South Carolina would be eager to sample all of the various flavors of SCBBQ.
That is what inspired us to begin this series of articles. They are here to make it easier for travelers who find themselves hankering to sample some of the best BBQ SC has to offer.
(As a side note, learn how to eat SC’s best BBQ for FREE!)
In this series, Destination BBQ takes a look at the BBQ options along each of the major roadways in the state.