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Scott’s Bar-B-Que

Scott's Bar-B-Que in Hemingway, SC

Scott’s Bar-B-Que: South Carolina’s Best

Scott’s Bar-B-Que stands out, widely considered the best BBQ in SC, and we at can’t argue the fact.

Welcome to the one and only world-famous Scott’s Bar-B-Que! Located in Hemingway, South Carolina, just a stone’s throw from Myrtle Beach, Scott’s Bar-B-Que has been serving down-home pit-cooked bar-b-que for well over thirty years and we love what we do.

At Scott’s Bar-B-Que, we built our own wood-burning pits to slow cook the whole hog overnight. Come morning, we’re ready to sell our mouth-watering bar-b-que with a side of skins and our secret family sauce. It doesn’t get any better than Scott’s Bar-B-Que. Stop by Wednesday through Saturday and taste the love!

Enjoy this interview with former Pitmaster Rodney Scott (now at Rodney Scott’s BBQ in Charleston and beyond):

What Folks are Saying about Scott’s Bar-B-Que

Google Review

Google’s Local Guide Jon Day finally got to try the place he’d heard so much about. Like so many other Google Reviews for Scott’s Bar-B-Que, five stars:

So after seeing this place on many famous Barbecue lists, I finally got to try it about a month ago and wanted to wait and think about my review. This place is truly in the middle of nowhere and please don’t drive a newer vehicle to find it, the roads are awful.

Once you get there it appears to be a house at least 100 years old, and all you can smell is smokers. You walk in and get a warm greeting, and notice you can buy loaves of bread to go with your barbecue by the pound. Scott’s Bar-B-Que also sells beverages and candy, other odds and ends. You have to pay cash which is my only complaint.

The whole hog barbecue plate is only $8.50 and comes with bread, baked beans, and slaw. It’s more barbecue than a single person should eat in a sitting and it’s got a little kick unless you add extra sauce then it has a lot of kick! Easily with the drive alone just to see the place, but even more so because this is some mouth-watering grub, to say the least. It’s pulled not chopped, and has heat, twang, and bite. Just enough smoke shop you don’t taste like a chimney.

I’ll leave it at this, I’ll be back soon.

Yelp Review

Over on Yelp, Alanna B traveled hours off the beaten path to have a taste of Scott’s Bar-B-Que:

Featured on Andrew Zimmern and Anthony Bourdain’s respective Food shows, I knew I needed to venture to Scott’s BBQ on my travels through South Carolina.

Scott’s Bar-B-Que is about 1.5 hrs from the South of the Border Amusement Park and 1 hr from Charleston. A local joint with customers who return more than a few times per week coming back for more because they know it’s that good. The employees and owners are very pleasant and it’s a family-run/owned business.

Traditional BBQ with no frills. This is legit Carolina BBQ (vinegar-based BBQ Sauce). Scott’s BBQ is proud of the quality products that they serve to their customers and it shows. I had the pleasure of watching the cooking process out back and what is conducted to provide excellent BBQ. They “mop” the sauce onto the pig – literally. It is a bucket of sauce that is spread on the entire hog to cover as it rotates on the spit for a minimum of 24 hours. The wood they use is pecan, hickory, and oak for the smoking process.

I, unfortunately, did not have the option to try their BBQ Chicken, which I hear is awesome, as it was sold out before we arrived. The pork was extremely tender, juicy, and flavorful. No sauce is needed as the flavor of the smoke is addicting on its own.

Cash Only. Cold Drinks (Bottled) available to purchase in coolers inside the restaurant. Tables inside and picnic benches outside to enjoy your food. Find a spot anywhere along the roadside or in the dirt parking lot.

Scott’s Bar-B-Que, definitely worth the detour off the major highways for good South Carolina BBQ.


Other Reviews

But, sure, you can cherry-pick reviews from those review sites. What about the folks who train the judges for SC BBQ competitions? The SC BBQ Association awarded Scott’s Bar-B-Que its highest distinction. The SCBA proclaimed it 100-Mile BBQ, barbecue worth driving 100 miles for. Here’s some of what they had to say:

There are those among us who think Scott’s B.B.Q., just outside of Hemingway, SC, is as good as it gets. And it’s hard to argue with them…This is 100 mile barbeque at its old-timey best. This is real low country vinegar and pepper barbeque with the emphasis on the pepper. And while it’s not too hot for the average bear it somehow really makes a cold beer taste wonderful.

Read their review here.

See this feature in the New York Times.

Read this article in the Washington Post

Enjoy this story on Eater

Listen to this report on NPR:

Read our Review of Scott’s Bar-B-Que


Menu for Scott’s Bar-B-Que in Hemingway

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Scott’s Bar-B-Que
2734 Hemingway Hwy.
Hemingway, SC 29554
United States