South Carolina is the “Birthplace of BBQ,” and Florence County has been keeping the tradition alive for as long as we can remember. You’ll find four types of BBQ sauces in our state – mustard, light tomato, vinegar and pepper, and heavy tomato-based. Our part of the state tends to prepare the the pork with vinegar and pepper or light tomato-based sauce, but as you visit our BBQ restaurants, you may just find the other two styles as well.

Traditionally the pork is cooked as a whole hog “low and slow” over a fire pit, just as the Native Americans taught the colonists. The pork is removed by pulling it in long strips, hence the name pulled pork BBQ. When we gather our friends and neighbors together for the process, we call it a pig pickin’. The BBQ heritage was brought about by a mix of Native American and Spanish colonists’ cooking techniques, and the state celebrates this culinary tradition through the SC Barbecue Trail.

Big John's Grill

Big John’s Grill

Big John's Grill in Pamplico has been serving up delicious burgers, pulled pork and southern-style ribs since 2013. Big John's ...
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Cain's Bar-B-Q

Cain’s Bar-B-Q

Cain's Bar-B-Q has been serving up an amazing buffet since the 50s. It's voted one of the best 100 BBQ ...
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D'z BBQ Pit Cafe

D’z BBQ Pit Cafe

D'z BBQ Pit Cafe and Food Truck smokes up delicious smoked pork, brisket, and more. Try it on a bun ...
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Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Try Dickey's signature smoked meats and home-style sides. Enjoy Dickey's family recipes passed down through generations and served to happy ...
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Holt Bros BBQ

Holt Bros BBQ

Homemade sauces, BBQ, brisket, ribs, chicken, burgers and more. Holt Bros. BBQ always piles it high – even their pecan ...
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Holt Bros BBQ - Effingham

Holt Bros BBQ – Effingham

Homemade sauces, BBQ, brisket, ribs, chicken, burgers and more. Holt Bros. BBQ always piles it high! Holt Bros BBQ 116 ...
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Jack's Place

Jack’s Place

Jack's Place has a great buffet with items ranging from deviled crab to ribs to collard greens. Just in case ...
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Julia Belle's Restaurant

Julia Belle’s Restaurant

Julia Belle’s is a family operated, counter service, fast, casual restaurant offering a unique variety of flavorful Southern dishes prepared with ...
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Piggybacks BBQ & Catfish

Piggybacks BBQ & Catfish

A local favorite since 2010, Piggybacks BBQ & Catfish is an American restaurant featuring delicious seafood and barbecue with traditional, ...
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Roger's Bar-B-Q House

Roger’s Bar-B-Q House

Roger's Bar-B-Q House is one of Florence's most popular stops for BBQ. Check out the full buffet of fixins' to ...
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Schoolhouse Bar-B-Que

Schoolhouse Bar-B-Que

At Schoolhouse Bar-B-Que, you will enjoy an “all you can eat” style buffet of southern goodness inside an old four-room ...
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Shane's Rib Shack

Shane’s Rib Shack

Shane's Rib Shack is best known for its slow-smoked baby back ribs, hand-chopped chicken and pork, grilled-to-order burgers, and delicious ...
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Shuler's BBQ

Shuler’s BBQ

Shuler's BBQ in Lake City offers casual dining with a friendly family atmosphere. Shuler's serves up delicious slow-cooked barbecue, fried ...
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Smokehouse BBQ & Grill

Smokehouse BBQ & Grill

The Smokehouse BBQ & Grill in Scranton serves up wood cooked BBQ, ribs and brisket with a variety of Southern ...
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Smokehouse BBQ & Grill

Smokehouse BBQ & Grill

In the mood for BBQ?  This is wood cooked BBQ, ribs and brisket with multiple sides to complete the meal ...
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Wholly Smokin'

Wholly Smokin’

Listed as one of the Top 10 barbecue restaurants in South Carolina, Wholly Smokin’ Downtown offers award-winning barbecue, ribs, wings, ...
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Woodstone BBQ

Woodstone BBQ

Woodstone BBQ & Seafood offers a country style buffet featuring Southern-style BBQ, a variety of seafood and every fixin' that ...
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