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PK BBQ in Lexington boasts an interesting origin story. We’ll let owner Kenny Wells tell the story:
“With over 35 years as an elevator mechanic, I had a love for all things bar-b-que.
“I spent weekends firing up my run-of-the-mill charcoal grill, grilling anything I could. My passion for perfecting grilling techniques led my wife and children to surprise me with a grilling class instructed by a Bar-b-que Pit Master! After that, there was no turning back.
“The class fueled the fire in my belly to take my grilling techniques to another level. I researched to find the perfect grill and began grilling for family events. But grilling was only half of the process. In the background, I was creating my secret bar-b-que sauce “Yank-a-Billy BBQ sauce,” hoping for the perfect blend of Northern meets Southern style BBQ sauce.
“My wife, Peggy and I retired and moved to Lexington, putting us square in the heart of Southern bar-b-que. Immediately we began catering to Columbia College and the Liverpool Football Club. What a hit!
“The overwhelming responses from those two customers encouraged us to look for the right quaint location to serve lunch and open the doors to PK BBQ!
“We are excited to be a part of the Lexington community and share our delicious bar-b-que with our new-found family!”
Looks like the Lexington community is grateful that PK BBQ opened those doors. In his Google review, Local Guide Eric Singleton wrote the following:
“AMAZING food! I had the beef brisket sandwich while my wife enjoyed the pulled pork sandwich and kids had the perfected chicken sliders!
“All was definitely worth every bite along with the banana pudding! You can tell the owner takes pride and time with all items on the menu because it’s that old school BBQ that’s a reminder of when I was younger! Thank you sooo much for the pride you give your barbecue to make my tummy smile!!!”
If you find yourself traveling Interstate 20 near Columbia, jump off at Exit 58 and PK BBQ is less than a mile and a half from the exit.