Best BBQ Pork Sandwich in South Carolina (2017)


Many enthusiasts consider South Carolina the birthplace of barbecue, where pit masters have been smoking meats – predominantly pork – low and slow for generations. When you order a BBQ pork sandwich in the Palmetto State, you have a big decision to make: what type of sauce to choose. South Carolina has four of them, a sweet and tangy mustard-based sauce, the original vinegar and pepper sauce, a light tomato sauce and a heavier tomato sauce much like the sauces you'd find throughout the country. Some joints also offer the white sauce most popular in Alabama.

  • Smoky Dreams BBQ

    Smoky Dreams BBQ

    Fresh pork is slow-smoked to perfection at Smoky Dreams BBQ in Greenville. Piled atop a bun, the pork sandwich comes with two sides and a choice of four different sauces, including a mustard-based sauce and a spicy vinegar sauce.
    Photo courtesy of Smoky Dreams BBQ

  • The Smokin Pig

    The Smokin Pig

    The slow-smoked pork from The Smokin Pig in Pendleton comes chopped rather than pulled, and the sandwich is served with a choice of side. Three different sauces are on offer.
    Photo courtesy of The Smokin Pig

  • Jackie Hite's BBQ

    Jackie Hite's BBQ

    BBQ pork at Jackie Hite's BBQ in Leesville gets slow-cooked over hickory coals for hours. Diners can drizzle the signature sauce (mustard and vinegar base) over their pork sandwich for a finger-licking good meal.
    Photo courtesy of Jackie Hite's BBQ

  • Midwood Smokehouse

    Midwood Smokehouse

    The BBQ pork sandwich from Midwood Smokehouse comes piled with hickory-smoked chopped pork, slaw and an Eastern South Carolina-style mustard barbecue sauce. For something a little different, try the Cuban – the same smoked pork, but with sliced ham, lettuce, tomato, dill pickles, Swiss cheese and Cuban spread, pressed and grilled to a perfect golden brown.
    Photo courtesy of Midwood Smokehouse

  • The Dixie Pig

    The Dixie Pig
    Rock Hill

    A relative newcomer to the scene, The Dixie Pig in Rock Hill serves a pulled pork sandwich with red coleslaw and a choice of sauces: House BBQ, Dixie Gold, Alabama White or Memphis Magic. Each sandwich comes with one side.
    Photo courtesy of Dixie Pig

  • The Pompous Pig

    The Pompous Pig

    Pork stands out on the menu at The Pompous Pig in Anderson, where diners can get a traditional pulled pork sandwich or a pork melt on Texas toast with American and Swiss cheese, slaw and barbecue sauce.
    Photo courtesy of The Pompous Pig

  • Poogan's Smokehouse

    Poogan's Smokehouse

    At Poogan's Smokehouse in Charleston, pulled pork is served piled on a Georgian Sweet bun with slaw and a choice of side. The restaurant also serves tasty pork belly sliders, topped with kimchee and mayo.
    Photo courtesy of Poogan's Smokehouse / Facebook

  • Swig & Swine

    Swig & Swine

    Swig & Swine in Charleston offers two types of pork sandwiches, Boston butt pulled pork and whole hog pulled pork. Both are all-wood smoked, and sandwiches come with a choice of side.
    Photo courtesy of Swig & Swine

  • Brisket

    North Myrtle Beach

    Brisket may specialize in Texas-style BBQ (i.e. smoked brisket), but the North Myrtle Beach restaurant smokes a mean pulled pork as well. The sandwich comes on a buttery brioche bun with a side of fries.
    Photo courtesy of Brisket

  • Wholly Smokin' Downtown

    Wholly Smokin' Downtown

    Founded in 2012, Wholly Smokin' in Florence has already earned accolades for its pulled pork, served in sandwich form solo or as a combo with a homemade side.
    Photo courtesy of Wholly Smokin' Downtown


10Best and Sandwich America wanted to find the best BBQ pork sandwich in the state, and to do so, 10Best editors – based in Greenville, SC – joined forces with a local SC food writer and The Food Channel to nominate 20 worthy barbecue joints across the state. We turned it over to you, our readers, to choose the winners, and the results are in.

The top 10 winners in the category Best BBQ Pork Sandwich in South Carolina are as follows:

  1. Smoky Dreams BBQ - Greenville
  2. The Smokin Pig - Pendleton
  3. Jackie Hite's BBQ - Leesville
  4. Midwood Smokehouse - Columbia
  5. The Dixie Pig - Rock Hill
  6. The Pompous Pig - Anderson
  7. Poogan's Smokehouse - Charleston
  8. Swig & Swine - Charleston
  9. Brisket - North Myrtle Beach
  10. Wholly Smokin' Downtown - Florence

Congratulations to all our winning barbecue restaurants!

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