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The Bessinger family of Holly Hill is arguably the most important family in SCBBQ. Originating in Orangeburg County in the late 1930’s, when patriarch Joe Bessinger opened his Holly Hill Café, the Bessingers became the first family of SCBBQ. From Joe, his boys learned to cook whole hogs over wood embers and learned to make […]
South Carolina is blessed when it comes to BBQ. In SC, barbecue is often defined by the sauce it is served with. South Carolina can brag about having four distinct sauce regions. In the map below, you will see how the state divides according to the sauce type you would historically find in those […]
Robert’s Bar B Que has been a staple in North Charleston for many years. Robert’s is born of the Bessinger clan of BBQ restaurants that dominate the SC BBQ scene. Robert is one of five of Joseph Bessinger’s sons (the others are Maurice, Thomas, Melvin, and Joe David) who learned to cook BBQ the way […]