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When it comes to SC BBQ, Dukes is one of the great family names.
While there are a number of Dukes restaurants scattered throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Dukes is not a franchise despite what many people may assume.
All the restaurants are loosely connected by family ties, but each is separate and unique.
This article by Robert Moss, published in the Charleston City Paper, sheds some light on this family BBQ business and their history, going back to their progenitor Earl Dukes.
Dukes is famous for spawning the “Orangeburg Sweet” mustard-based BBQ sauce that is really a mixture containing mayo, mustard, and ketchup, according to a source we spoke with at Antley’s in Orangeburg.
Dukes has been around for a while, as you can tell from this old clip from SCETV:
The SC BBQ Association has named this place one of the Top 100 BBQ houses in the state.