Greenville is synonymous with BBQ
Trying to find the best Barbecue in Greenville? 10Best has you covered. Our editors and locals search the city and suburbs for the top places. Then, we showcase popular restaurants like Bucky's Bar-B-Q, and we highlight eateries with great user reviews, like Henry's Smokehouse. We also help you find areas where Barbecue are prominent - the Downtown area, for example - so that you not only get terrific dining recommendations, but you also have choices to boot. After all, if you're going to eat, you may as well do it right and take advantage of Greenville's best.
Tucked behind a service station and anchoring one end of a strip mall, this unassuming restaurant is known for its chopped barbecue. At lunch, it pulls in a crowd from the Pelham Road area, so you'll want to go early to get a table. Most people order the barbecue plate, which is loaded with a quarter pound of meat and two side items, plus bread and chips. It's a good deal. (864-297-7876)
This BBQ joint in downtown Greer serves tender, juicy smoked pork sandwiches, customized to your liking. Choose large or small, buns or no buns, and if want add two sides such as cole slaw, baked beans, fries or potato chips. However, if BBQ doesn't appeal the menu boasts some tempting alternatives; the chili cheeseburger and onion rings are tough to turn down! Drive-through service available. (864-879-8466)
Locals keep coming back to this casual joint for generous portions of scrumptious pulled pork and barbecued chicken with tempting sides like mac'n'cheese and sweet potato casserole. The ribs, burgers and hot dogs are good, too. (864-288-2652)
Brushy Creek Bar-B-Q
Well-known for its mustard-based sauce and lean pork barbecue, Brushy Creek is located between Greenville and Easley. They also do chicken and ribs and aren't ones to skimp on the portions. Sandwiches are delicious (especially the chopped barbecue), but the plates, with cole slaw, baked beans and bread, are an even better bargain. Make sure to give the Brunswick stew a try, too. (864-269-0155)
Mike & Jeff's BBQ
Sure it's a small shack-size joint, but regulars agree there is nothing small in taste about Mike & Jeff's BBQ. Enjoy some great Upstate barbecue in one of the city's best hidden secrets. Old school, simplified delicious - let these folks show you what is meant by wood-smoked meat and homemade sauce. (864-271-5225)
Widely proclaimed as the best barbecue in town, Henry's is Greenville's great equalizer, seating business and government types alongside guys in jeans and workboots. Such a response isn't surprising when you sample the tender, succulent meat (with your choice of sauce) served alongside baked beans, cole slaw or fries. It's a classic Southern lunch, and you can readily gauge its popularity by the crowds. The decor at Henry's isn't fancy and seating is somewhat limited but, after the first bite, you'll know where the restaurant has directed its attention. (864-232-7774)
Smoke on the Water
Most times, folks think of barbecue in conjunction with small, no-frills eateries. Smoke on the Water quickly dispels that perception. The upscale restaurant is as serious about ambience as it is about barbecue. Quietly elegant, it's a great place for lunch or dinner, especially when you factor in perfectly cooked beef brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs, prime rib, or beer-butt chicken. To please all tastes, a variety of zesty sauces can be had — tomato-, mustard- or vinegar-based. Add in fresh greens and warm fruit cobbler, and your lips will be smacking in no time! The restaurant's busy bar is also a top hangout during happy hour. (864-232-9091)
When it comes to BBQ, Bucky's gets few complaints from diners, who rave about the flavorful meat, tangy red and yellow sauces, and rotation of side dishes such as mac'n'cheese, green beans, potato salad, baked beans and cole slaw. Guests enjoy helpful, efficient service and may eat in the casual dining room or outdoors. (864-329-0054)
For over 25 years, Little Pigs has kept local BBQ fans coming back for sandwiches and platters. This popular joint offers great food three ways: dine-In, carry-Out, or drive-thru. Its pulled pork is the real deal, and Greenville 'cue afficionados will stand up for Little PIgs every time a heated debate about barbecue ensues (which is often). It's the sauce which makes this BBQ different from all the others. A kids menu also offers grilled cheese sandwiches, corn dogs and chicken nuggets. ((864) 288-6615)
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