The magic of a road trip lies in what you’ll discover along the way. In South Carolina, our old country backroads and byways are dotted with hidden gem barbecue joints that cherish old ways of cooking and recipes handed down through generations.
If you’re driving down to Charleston, be sure to exit I-26 to try Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ, helmed by James Beard award-winning Chef Rodney Scott, who pit-cooks whole hogs and mops them with a spicy vinegar pepper sauce for divine flavor. At Scott’s Bar-B-Que just off Hemingway Highway in Pee Dee Country, pull over to see where the famed chef honed his pit prowess—by helping his parents in their own roadside barbecue joint.
At Anderson’s Creekside Bar-Be-Que in The Upcountry, order a plate of beef brisket slow-smoked over pecan and hickory woods. Or if you’re following SC-46 or US-278 on your way down to Hilton Head Island, detour to Bluffton BBQ for a rack of ribs and Southern sides like Brunswick stew and sweet potato casserole.
Hankering for a bit of everything? Take a break from the wheel at a buffet such as Lee’s Barbecue & Catering Service on SC-72 in Waterloo or Shuler’s BBQ on SC-38 in Latta, where you’ll find a full spread of smoked meats and all the down-home sides. Meanwhile, Lone Star Barbecue & Mercantile, just off Old Number Six Highway in Santee, is comprised of several country stores, a buffet, antiques and live bluegrass on weekends.