Charleston is known for being a food-lover’s paradise, and one of the best things about living here is the barbecue. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking—barbecue? In a coastal town?
When I think about barbecue in Charleston, one of the first places that comes to mind is Home Team BBQ. I heard about this place almost from the minute I moved to the area and starting working in Mt. Pleasant. One of my coworkers went at least once a week, and Ryan and I finally tried it out about two years ago.
(Brisket sandwich with mac ‘n cheese, plus some of Home Team’s homemade pickles)
Home Team has a location on Sullivan’s Island, one in West Ashley, one in downtown Charleston, and one in Aspen, CO. They’re primarily known for two things—wings and Game Changers (a refreshing, frozen adult beverage)—but I love their brisket sandwiches. And their mac n’ cheese. And their mac n’ cheese fritters. And pretty much everything on their menu. It’s definitely one of the places I recommend to out-of-towners.
(BBQ Chicken burrito with collard greens)
(Mac ‘n cheese fritters for appetizer)
A few other notable BBQ places in town:
- Lewis BBQ—Texas style BBQ. Truly one of the best place I’ve eaten at in this city, but it’s a little on the pricey side. It’s a “special occasion” place for us, but it’s definitely worth the money!
- Rodney Scott BBQ—I think of this as more of Georgia style BBQ, like what I grew up eating. Rodney Scott was actually featured on Anthony Bourdain’s show, Parts Unknown back before his restaurant was located where it is now. It tastes like home to me.
- Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ—this is a local chain with locations in Charleston, Bluffton (SC), Pooler (GA) and Charlotte (NC), but their food is truly yummy. And, they make these tiny little cheesy muffins that they will bring you endless baskets of…I’m a sucker for a restaurant that brings me carbs without me ordering them!
So if you come to visit the Holy City, be sure to check out some of the barbecue spots around town!