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A small place that seats about 40 people, the new Country Cousins BBQ in Olanta has been reopened by Trey and Danielle Haselden. The couple is the son and daughter-in-law of the original owners. In fact, Trey’s parents help out on occasion.
In the tradition of the Pee Dee region, Country Cousins cooks whole hog every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. They still use the same recipe for the sauce Trey’s parents used. When something is so perfect, there is no reason to change it.
Country Cousins BBQ offers a full buffet from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Take-out is available, and the restaurant can prepare barbecued turkeys and whole hogs for special holiday orders.
Only 8 miles from Exit 146, if you find yourself taking a road trip along Interstate 95, take the opportunity to sample some authentic, old-school SC BBQ
Clearly, their dedication to tradition is paying off. Reviews are impressive. At the time of this writing, Country Cousins BBQ boasts over 70 Google reviews with a 4.6 out of 5 star rating.
Local Guide Wayne Clayton wrote the following in his review:
“Nice little BBQ restaurant. There was a small buffet that was very tasty. Food was delicious. The buffet included pre-season pulled bbq, bbq chicken leg quarters, macaroni & cheese, green beans, dirty rice, steamed rice, banana pudding and more.
“We stayed and chatted for several hours and never felt rushed to leave and they continued to provide drink refills the entire time. I’m a sweet tea freak, and it was great as well.
“Great experience in a place that I just “happened upon”. Very pleased with my visit, and loved the small town friendly hospitality!”
On Facebook, Kristen L. Galardi wrote this about Country Cousins BBQ in her review:
“Soooo good! The food was plentiful and really hit the spot for all of us.
“We stopped in on our way back from vacation and had a 12-hour drive ahead of us and this kept us full! Our kids, 4 and 5, really enjoyed everything and the very kind owners made us feel at home.
“The price was fantastic-$30 fed two adults and two kids, including drinks!
“Thank you, Country Cousins! Hope to come back on our next vacation!”