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McCabe’s Bar-B-Que in Manning simply cooks some of the best barbecue you will ever taste. It stands out as true, old-school South Carolina BBQ that you cannot find just anywhere these days. If you are looking for an authentic SC BBQ experience, McCabe’s is the place to stop.
Then, there is the rest of the food on the buffet. The sides alone would make it worth a 100-mile drive.
(Note: Due to some health problems, McCabe’s shut down for a long while. As of mid-2018, with good health returning, they are back open and working a regular schedule.)
“There are plenty of barbecue buffets in the Midlands and Pee Dee region of South Carolina, but none can match the consistent high-quality of McCabe’s,” Southern Living BBQ Editor Robert Moss wrote. “Everything on the small steamtable – the pulled pork, steeped in peppery vinegar sauce, the fried chicken, the sweet potatoes, greens, hush puppies and coleslaw – is top-notch.”
The combination of classic, wood-cooked BBQ with such a tasty selection of sides makes McCabe’s one of SC’s best BBQ joints.
First, David McCabe and family serve their BBQ the way it was meant to be eaten. They will not give you some wide selection of sauces for you to pick and choose from. They serve the sauce that has historically been served in this region of South Carolina. It’s a vinegar and pepper sauce that is slightly sweet with a bit of heat.
The sauce is “the big secret,” McCabe said. “It’s vinegar-based with salt, pepper, and ketchup…and our secret ingredient.”
Second, the McCabe’s cook their pulled pork over wood embers in a screened room off the back of the restaurant. So mouth-wateringly perfect, it would be delicious without any sauce.
McCabe’s barbecue is made from the whole hog, shoulders, and hams, cooked 10 to 12 hours. “It combines all the parts,” McCabe said. “It enhances and helps the taste.” Because shoulders tend to be moist while hams have more chew, combining all the parts gives you a taste you simply cannot get without using the whole animal. That unique blend provides McCabe’s the texture and depth of flavor most other places lack.
Finally, the other foods on the buffet are simply amazing. The McCabe’s regularly serve rice and hash, perloo, green beans, greens, cabbage, sweet potatoes, peas, coleslaw, and hush puppies.
And the fried chicken… you will never eat better fried chicken anywhere.
Inside the small restaurant, hanging on the walls, are copies of published articles that praise McCabe’s Bar-B-Q. One states, “With each mouthful, you’ll wonder if the good Lord put the McCabes on the earth to answer the question: Who makes the best barbecue on the planet?”
We know the answer. Find out for yourself.
NOTE: McCabe’s takes CASH ONLY!
On Yelp, John H wrote the following:
“So I was little confused trying to check this place out online. It was closed for a while, at least a year. I called before driving down there today, and the owner said they’d been open about eight weeks. I hopped in the car and rode, and so glad I did.
This is a small but mighty buffet. They have great hash and rice, no livers, not too sweet. They also do perlou–think dirty rice–and it is tasty stuff. All the veg were great: greens, cabbage, yam patties swimming in syrup, slaw, great hush puppies, okra and tomatoes, butter beans, and of course pulled pork–and fried chicken. It was all fresh and just very good–well-seasoned, hot, delicious.
The ladies in the back are magic and I want to go to their church so I can follow them home for Sunday dinner. And I don’t go to church.
Yes, cash only, and yes, only three days a week, and your drinks are lemonade and tea, which is only fitting, but man–this is worth a trip.”
On his Google review, Jon Baucher wrote the following about McCabe’s:
“They are BACK!
“I was fortunate enough to be passing through and stopped in for lunch. David and his family are open for business and the food is as good as it was 2 years ago when I was here last.
“The pork is perfect, the hash is heavenly and the service is superb. Stop in and make a plate. You can thank me later.”
The SC BBQ Association has deemed McCabe’s BBQ to be 100-Mile BBQ, BBQ worth driving 100 miles for.
Southern Living lists McCabe’s as one of the South’s Top 50 Barbecue Joints.