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If there is one thing all South Carolinians are experts on, it’s good BBQ. The Palmetto State is covered in top-notch BBQ joints from top to bottom. However, in the quest for the best BBQ in the state, which places stand head and shoulders above the rest? We present: The Top Five BBQ Spots in SC
#5 – Ward’s Bar-B-Q
With four locations located in Sumter, South Carolina, Ward’s is an undeniable classic. Not only is the BBQ itself amazing, but Ward’s also has its own original BBQ sauce. However, Ward’s really earns the spot on this list with its hash, which is hands-down the best in the state. Ward’s is definitely your go-to spot in the Sumter area for a fantastic BBQ experience, it’s no wonder that there’s four of them up there.
#4 – Cooper’s Country Store
Based off that picture alone, you may be confused as to why a gas station is on this list. Well, Cooper’s Country Store is no mere gas station, it is a historical landmark. Cooper’s originally opened in the 30s and the family that originally owned it actually lived on the second floor. The menu is not vast by any means but look no further for amazing BBQ sandwiches. Cooper’s is really about the novelty and the chance to step back into time to experience history itself, all while enjoying the fantastic and unique BBQ of course.
#3 – Music Man’s Bar-B-Que
Flaunting a wide array of options featuring both an all-you-can-eat buffet and individual plates, Music Man’s is also particularly revered for its Catfish Stew. With slow-cooked whole hogs providing the exceptional BBQ, complimented by their unique sauce, Music Man’s makes for a great experience all around. With daily specials, a great buffet, endless side options, and live entertainment, this is definitely one of the most fun joints on this list
#2 – Shealy’s Bar-B-Que
Located in South Carolina’s “Twin Cities,” Shealy’s in Batesburg-Leesville is more than happy to share this classic and famous BBQ buffet. Everyone in SC knows Shealy’s as one of the go-to places for an unforgettable all-you-can-eat buffet. People will trek to Shealy’s from all over for good reason. The spread of delicious items on their buffet is incredibly varied. Featuring both mustard and vinegar based BBQ, famous fried chicken, fantastic fixins, and daily specials, there is something for everyone here. Not to mention, great dessert options as well, if you can find the room for it after the impressive buffet. Shealy’s celebrates its 50th year of business in 2019, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
#1 – Duke’s Bar-B-Que
And now for the number 1, the cream of the crop, the king of all BBQ in SC, we present Duke’s Bar-B-Que. Located in Orangeburg, SC by the Pepsi Plant. This is the premier place for a true SC-style BBQ experience. Duke’s is only open Thursday-Saturday, but if you happen to be in the area for any of those three days, don’t walk, run to Duke’s. With its all-you-can-eat buffet, there is no better stop for classic BBQ meats, fried chicken, and great fixins. For a tried and true South Carolina BBQ experience, this is it, the king of the state’s endless BBQ joints and you will definitely not regret stopping by.