When the smokers light up, the aroma is not that of tobacco; it’s that of Charleston’s premier old country barbecue palaces. The Holy City is home to some of the finest BBQ the South has to offer. The only issue you will face when it comes to the cookout style grub is, where to feast? Whether you are shopping on King or strolling through the Market, your nose may catch the home-style smells of several local eateries. Simply put, the only way to choose which BBQ joint is your favorite is to try them all.

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Nick’s Bar-B-Q 288 King Street

Located on Charleston’s famous King Street, Nick’s is known for its quality service, great food and most notably, its cheddar biscuits. So kick back, grab a beer and some riblets, and enjoy the mouthwatering taste of a Southern-style cookout.

Suggested Meal:

Beverage- Dorothy’s Peach Tea

Starter- Brisket Chili

Main- The Double Decker

Side- Brunswick Stew

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Poogan’s Smokehouse 188 East Bay Street

Recently opened, Poogan’s Smokehouse is slaughtering the naysayers and making quite the name for itself as an elite barbeque establishment. This smokehouse has a more elegant, upscale feel than the classic BBQ atmosphere, but don’t let that fool you; the food is just as messy, fun, and flavorful as any other rib joint.

Suggested Meal:

Beverage- Bells Two Hearted Ale

Starter- Pimento Cheese & Pate Pickle Board

Main-Pork Belly

Sides- Collard Greens, Lexington Red Slaw

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Smoke BBQ- 487 King Street

This barbeque house may seem small on the outside, but we all know what really matters is what is on the inside. Smoke BBQ is a blast! The atmosphere is exciting and eventful, which is likely due to weekly live music and the entertainment of King Street’s nightlife.

Suggested Meal:

Beverage- Lagunitas IPA

Starter- Dozen Smoked Wings

Main- Slow Smoked Pork

Side- Brown Butter Mac & Cheese

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Queology Charleston BBQ Team- 32-C North Market Street

Stationed across from Charleston’s famous city market, this seasoned steakhouse features an outdoor patio and most importantly, includes a vast selection of local beers on tap. With more than 10 awards to its name, including 1st place in Pork and 3rd in Ribs at the Berkley Bar-B-Que Cook-Off, Queology is a must hit destination when visiting the Holy City.

Suggested Meal:

Beverage- Palmetto Amber Ale

Starter- BBQ Pork Tacos

Main- 1/3 Rack of Ribs

Side- Corn on the Cob

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Southend Brewery & Smokehouse- 161 East Bay Street

The Southend Brewery & Smokehouse is an incredible three-story venue on the corner of East Bay and Market Streets that brews a variety of eight different beers at a given time, and has the fermentation tanks to prove it! The service is great, and the food is even better so take a break from shopping in the Market, rest your weary legs and grab a flight of Southend’s own micro brews. The perfect pairing for one of the smoked entrees.

Suggested Meal:

Beverage- Castle Pinckney Pale Ale

Starter- Sweet Onion Hushpuppies

Main- Smoked Half Chicken

Sides- Mashed Potatoes, Smokehouse Slaw