On the hunt for a great plate of BBQ? You've come to the right destination. 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. The whole spectrum and price range is covered 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)
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)
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)
Mike & Jeff's BBQ
Sure it's a small and off the beaten path, 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 hidden gems. Old school, simplified delicious, let these folks show you what is meant by wood-smoked meat and homemade sauce. (864-271-5225)
Smoke on the Water
A lot of the time, folks think of barbecue in conjunction with small, no-frills eateries. Smoke on the Water quickly dispels with that perception. The upscale restaurant is as serious about ambiance 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, you will not be disappointed. The restaurant's well stocked bar is also great for a happy hour cocktail meet-up. (864-232-9091)
Bacon Bros Public House
Bacon Bros hits all the high points. A seasonal menu featuring in-house BBQ with brisket, ribs,pork shoulder and their signature slab style bacon along with cured meat boards including selections of salami, lonzino, and tasso ham. Couple this with their fantastic craft bear selection and rustic-chic atmosphere Bacon Bros comes through with all the high end flavors and none of the pretension. They do what they do with excellence and let the food do the talking. Needless to say, it practically sings. ((864) 297-6000)
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