Enjoy Carolina-style barbecue at its best in the Myrtle Beach area

Terry Massey

By , Local Expert, Myrtle Beach
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When European settlers came to the Carolinas, they brought a pair of traditions with them. One was barbecue, the art of slow cooking meat with the smoke of aromatic wood. The other was pigs, which quickly became wild, nuisance animals and the perfect target for hunters looking to feed their families. The two came together more than three centuries ago and the tradition continues today. Unlike the Northern use of the term "barbecue: which means to cook outside, in the South it's all about the animal - the pig - and the smoke - usually hickory and pecan wood. That makes it possible to pick out a roadside barbecue joint by smell...  Read more »

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    Bar B Que House

    • Cuisine: Barbecue
    • Average Main Course Price: $10
    • Neighborhood: North Myrtle Beach

    This family-owned and operated barbecue joint is a popular spot among locals who like their smoked meat...  Read more »

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    Screamin' Pig BBQ

    Good Southern barbecue is hard to find on the north side, but the Screamin' Pig has your fix with all the fixin's.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try not to fill up on the hot hushpuppies and butter before your order arrives."

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    Little Pigs BBQ

    • Cuisine: Barbecue
    • Average Main Course Price: $10

    Local Expert Tip: "Save room for dessert. Little Pigs also happens to make the best banana pudding on the beach."

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    Prosser's Bar-B-Q

    Local Expert Tip: "Forget about the menu. The multi-item country buffet is the way to go even if you are not a heavy eater."

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    Damon's — Oceanfront

    Local Expert Tip: "Ask your hostess for a table on the outdoor oceanfront deck and experience the ocean breeze and view. It's worth a slightly longer wait."

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    Hog Heaven BBQ

    Local Expert Tip: "Hog Heaven is one of the few places that also smoke fresh, local seafood. Steamed oysters are available in season."

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    Sticky Fingers RibHouse

    Local Expert Tip: "Sticky Fingers sells its own house sauces, including Memphis Sweet, Carolina Mustard, Texas Spicy and Tennessee Whiskey. Take home a jar or two to give your own backyard BBQ some Sticky Fingers flavor."

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    Big KT's BBQ

    • Cuisine: Barbecue
    • Average Main Course Price: $11
    • Neighborhood: North Myrtle Beach

    Local Expert Tip: "Ice-cold draft beer is on tap at Big KTs. If you're in a large party, order pitchers to save some cash."

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    Big D's BBQ Barn

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't wait too late to go to lunch. This place closes down once the barbecue is gone so make sure to get there before 2 p.m."



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