Slow-cooked, roasted, pit-fired, Western- and Eastern-N.C.-style. Barbecue comes in many forms on the Grand Strand. All bring, by all accounts, their own flavor of deliciousness.
Although seafood remains iconic and ethnic food is on the rise, barbecue is king in a lot of areas in Myrtle Beach.
Here are five spots that any barbecue aficionado owes themselves to pull up a chair in on their next visit. These are joints vacationers work into their itineraries religiously — and locals love, too. Time to belly up.
6 Best Barbecue on the Grand Strand
It’s a tough decision, but someone’s gotta do it.
This restaurant rocks out the ‘cue in a sports-themed setting perfect for game day. It’s delicious fare whether you sit at the bar to grub or take it to go on your Myrtle Beach adventures. Damon’s pulled pork comes with its famous barbecue sauce you’ll wish you had at home.
2. Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Visit for house-smoked meats and classic sides that’ll leave you wanting a happy nap. It’s good food with good service for a quick stop, and kids eat free on Sundays. Try the 80th Anniversary Combo Meal, which comes with a sandwich, side, and dessert!
3. Hog Heaven
It’s a quaint, folksy location for barbecue with outdoor picnic tables. Pro tip: Bring bottles of the best sauce in Pawley’s Island home! Take on a slab of ribs or give your best to the all-you-can-eat barbecue bar that lives up to the restaurant name.
4. Little Pigs Bar-B-Q
If you’re looking for stuffy, fancy-pants dining, this ain’t the place. If you’re looking for awesome brisket and plentiful pulled pork, with lots of tasty sides, this is it. Order a Jumbo Sandwich plate of hickory-smoked barbecue and a couple of side items that will wow you.
5. Simply Southern Smokehouse
Haul the family in for all-you-can-eat southern barbecue and some of the best desserts in town. Have your barbecue with a side of awesome atmosphere and quick service. They serve pulled pork, but also scrumptious chicken and dumplings and ridiculously yummy ribs.
6. Sweet Carolina's
It’s an old-time restaurant hidden in an entertainment and shopping complex. The food is amazing, especially the pulled pork sandwich, paired with a daiquiri. Next time you’re battering about Broadway at the Beach, make Sweet Carolina’s a stop.