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Melvin’s Legendary Bar-B-Que on James Island

Melvin’s Legendary Bar-B-Que on James Island

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“The 1st Family of Mustard-Based Barbecue!”

A South Carolina tradition since 1939, Melvin Bessinger’s Bar-B-Que Restaurants are beloved and famous for the best St. Louis style pork ribs, chicken and “All Ham” Bar-B-Que in the South. Come on down and experience the flavor at our Mt. Pleasant location or our  James Island location.

  • We serve pulled pork BBQ, cooked 24 hours on hickory wood coals!
  • Voted Best in Charleston for 10+ years!
  • Cheeseburgers (best in America according to Emeril Lagasse + People Magazine)!
  • We serve incredible Ribs and Brisket too!
  • Onion Rings are like big golden donuts – so good. Our Onion Rings our like Big Golden donuts – they come in “Baskets” with meals…. people crave them!
  • 10+ Southern Sides to choose from, and Hand Spun milkshakes as well!

Kids Night on Wednesdays where one kid eats free with each paying adult!

Enjoy this interview with David Bessinger.

The SC BBQ Association deems Melvin’s as 100-mile BBQ, BBQ so good it’s worth driving 100 miles for.

Read their review here.



Melvin’s Legendary Bar-B-Que on James Island
538 Folly Road
James Island, SC 29412
United States

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