Hog Heaven Bar-B-Que in Pawleys Island

By:Page Ivey

Date:11/15/2013

Most of you know by now that I absolutely love barbecue. I love eating it, I love cooking it, I love smelling it and I really love talking about it. However, most of you may not know that for almost a whole year, I have been a mostly vegetarian. While I have enjoyed the health benefits, I have missed my barbecue.

Recently, I decided it was time to get my pig on. I guess the cooler weather recalls the time when families used to butcher a hog or two to put away meat and lard for the winter. (My family never did this, by the way, our meat came from the grocery store. But still, hog-boiling time has a rustic ring to it.)

But back to the barbecue. I had heard from a barbecue source that I trust (he was born in the Pee Dee) that I simply had to try Hog Heaven in Pawleys Island. Since I was going to be in Georgetown for the weekend, I thought it was time to jump off the meat-free wagon in a big way. I might even go whole hog and have no vegetables.

From U.S. 17, Hog Heaven looks like many a barbecue joint from my youth – a small cinderblock building decorated with happy pigs (I guess these comic-book Porkies don’t realize what’s cookin’ inside).

Inside, there is just some barebones decoration because the star of the show is the food. And on all points, Hog Heaven delivers.

First, I must note where Hog Heaven deviates from most classic barbecue restaurants – it has a full bar. (Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a full bar ever, but it’s just not part of the South Carolina barbecue restaurant tradition.)

But everything else about Hog Heaven is classic. The buffet offers pulled pork and an array of Southern-style vegetables. That means that plenty of pork seasoning finds its way into the vegetables as well as the meat.

Hog Heaven makes my favorite style of barbecue, vinegar and pepper, but offers other sauces on the table for those who prefer a little extra kick to their ’cue or want a tomato- or mustard-based sauce. (In South Carolina, you make instant friends and enemies just by telling folks your preferred flavor of barbecue.)

The barbecue even at a off-time for dining (3 p.m. Saturday) was moist, tender and flavorful, all the things you want. And like all good barbecue restaurants, Hog Heaven also offers fried chicken and it was superlative here – juicy on the inside, crunchy on the outside with plenty of flavor and even a little spicy kick.

The veggies (I did try the cabbage and coleslaw) were well done and my dining companion liked the macaroni and cheese and even made a plate at the salad bar.

Hog Heaven is also known for its seafood – don’t forget it’s located walking distance from the ocean. On Friday and Saturday night, you can get all-you-can eat steamed oysters and shrimp with your barbecue buffet for $22. But for a barbecue lunch, you won’t find a better deal than Hog Heaven at just $7.

Hog Heaven is at 7147 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island. It’s open is open daily 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Call (843) 237-7444 for more information.

Related Content

Where to Get Your Barbecue
With more than 220 restaurants along the SC BBQ Trail to choose from, we've picked a few must-stop spots to fill your plate. While you're at it, hear from a few pit masters who know South Carolina barbecue best.
The Birthplace of Barbecue
South Carolina stakes its historical claim as the birthplace of American barbecue.
South Carolina's Four Barbecue Sauces
South Carolina is home to four barbecue sauces: mustard, vinegar and pepper, light tomato and heavy tomato

Featured Products

Hog Heaven BBq, Seafood & Country Cooking
Coast

Pawleys Island

Coast

Coast

The
Coast Region

Learn More
As you begin to allow the flavors of our smoked barbecue, mild and tangy sauces, fresh seafood and good ol' country cookin' to tantalize your taste buds, you'll come to r ...

Featured products and attractions in "Hog Heaven Bar-B-Que in Pawleys Island"

Nearby Attractions

  • {{item.name}}

You might also like:

Golf Club Of South Carolina At Crickentree
Midlands

Blythewood

Midlands

Midlands

The
Midlands Region

Learn More
The Golf Club of South Carolina designed by Ken Killian is known for its stunning topography, meandering streams, soaring hardwoods, scenic 17-acre lake, and manicured ti ...
Southern Oaks Golf Course
Mountains

Easley

Mountains

Mountains

The
Mountains Region

Learn More
The course features fully irrigated bent greens, hybrid Bermuda tees and fairways in an all-around beautiful setting. There are two large lakes with streams and woods tha ...
Chickasaw Point Golf Course & Grill
Mountains

Westminster

Mountains

Mountains

The
Mountains Region

Learn More
Whether you are a low-handicap golfer, a high-handicap duffer, or just a beginner, Chickasaw Point Golf Course is a great way to enjoy a round of golf in a scenic locatio ...
The Walker Course at Clemson University
Mountains

Clemson

Mountains

Mountains

The
Mountains Region

Learn More
Open to the public for public play! Voted #10 university golf course in the country by Golf Week Magazine, Fall 2015. Rolling terrain and slick greens make Walker Cou ...
Wild Dunes Resort/Isle of Palms
Coast

Isle of Palms

Coast

Coast

The
Coast Region

Learn More
Nestled on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, Wild Dunes Resort is located less than 30 minutes from the charm and ...
Hilton Head National Golf Course
Coast

Bluffton

Coast

Coast

The
Coast Region

Learn More
Named one of "America's Best Golf Courses" by Golfweek magazine, this Gary Player design displays all the beauty and golf course excellence you have come to expect from ...