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Melvin’s Legendary Bar-B-Que

Melvin's Legendary BBQ on James Island, SC

“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. But don’t take our word for it, come on down and experience the flavor at one of two locations in Mt. Pleasant and James Island.

  • 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 in 1999)!
  • 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!

Wednesday night is Kids Night – 1 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
538 Folly Road
James Island, SC 29412
United States