Lewis Barbecue Restaurant in Charleston, SC - Destination BBQ

Reviews and Information on South Carolina BBQ, Restaurants, and Events

SCBBQ Restaurant Search

Upcoming SC BBQ Events

  1. SCBA Judging Seminar Summer Session

    July 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Become SCBBQ Patron

Love SC BBQ? Help us help promote SC BBQ by becoming a patron of SC BBQ.

Become an SC BBQ Patron Today

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Lewis Barbecue

Lewis Barbecue - Front

A master of Central Texas barbecue, John Lewis brings a new style of BBQ — and lots of adoring fans — to Charleston at Lewis Barbecue.

The pitmaster’s fame can be attributed is simply the result of his pure dedication to barbecue. Lewis welds his own custom-designed smokers. Regularly waking up at 4 a.m. to begin the day, he takes his meat seriously. BBQ fans around the world crowded around his pits for years. Fans wait patiently in long lines to taste of his expertly smoked meats. Lewis smokes pork spareribs, beef ribs, “Texas hot guts” sausage, oxtail and his legendary beef brisket.

John Lewis History

To begin, Lewis grew up in El Paso, TX. He moved to Austin at 18 to start his culinary work in pastry, believe it or not. Sometime later, Lewis’ parents gave him a smoker, and he began trying his hand in Austin’s longstanding tradition of the backyard BBQ.

During this time, a passion was born and Lewis became creative with both his smokers and his meats. He began taking liberties with the design and construction to find the best process and the best results. Moving to Denver, Lewis continued to sharpen his skills by joining the competition BBQ circuit.  In 2010, Lewis returned to Austin to work with his friend Aaron Franklin who was working to open the now-famous Franklin Barbecue. During his collaboration with Franklin, Lewis developed the flavor profile that helped put Austin BBQ on the map.

In 2012, Lewis and LeAnn Mueller opened the much-beloved La Barbecue in Austin. Lewis quickly became the rising star of Austin’s BBQ scene. In a few short months, La Barbecue worked its way onto Texas Monthly’s “Top 50 List” and earned the distinction as the “Best BBQ in Austin” by the Austin American Statesman.

In March 2015, Lewis packed up his smokers and moved to Charleston to introduce the Holy City to the great world of Texas BBQ. He and his “barbecrew” opened Lewis Barbecue in June 2016.

Meet Pitmaster John Lewis on CBS’s The Dish:

Read our Lewis Barbecue posts:

Read Our Review

Our First Interview with John Lewis

See Lewis BBQ while Under Construction

Read about the Lewis BBQ Experience

What’s on the Menu?



Want to cook Like John Lewis?

Several of John Lewis’ recipes can be found in our latest cookbook: SCBBQ Recipes: Going Whole Hog cookbook  Read more about the cookb0ok and find out which recipes here.

Lewis Barbecue
464 N Nassau St.
Charleston, SC 29403
United States