Greenville's BBQ Roots Run Deep

On the hunt for a great plate of BBQ? You've come to the right destination because we practically eat, sleep and breathe the stuff.

We've scoured the Upstate for the hands-down best barbecue and have found award-winning restaurants, like Smoky Dreams, and eateries that are local favorites, like Henry's Smokehouse.

We also tried spots you might not have considered because they're a bit off the beaten path, like Local Cue or Mike & Jeff's

In this selection of 10 BBQ joints, you'll find both chopped and pulled pork, brisket, ribs, chicken, Korean BBQ and scads of southern sides.  The sauces are inventive and the ends are burnt.  These are truly Greenville's best.

Bucky's Bar-B-Q


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 and cheese, green beans, potato salad, baked beans and cole slaw. Guests enjoy...  Read More



Somehow, the rustic log cabin that houses this restaurant seems an apt setting for the smoky flavor of good barbecue. Mutt's is right on target with their pork and chicken, prepared daily on the premises. Customers reap the benefits of this...  Read More

Haywood Road
Local Cue
Photo courtesy of Local Cue


Local Cue is not a conventional BBQ joint; it's so much more. Serving as a favorite gathering spot for locals, the restaurant offers a bar (nice place to watch sports), board games, foosball, dartboards and pool. On top of all that, they serve...  Read More

Little Pigs


For over 30 years, Little Pigs has kept local BBQ fans coming back for sandwiches and platters. This popular eatery offers great food three ways: dine-In, carry-out, or drive-thru. Its pulled pork is the real deal, and Greenville 'cue...  Read More



Sure it's a small shack-size joint, but regulars agree there's nothing small in taste about Mike & Jeff's. Enjoy some great Upstate barbecue in one of the city's best hidden secrets. The menu is expansive, as are the portions, offering ribs,...  Read More

Woodruff Road


Locals keep coming back to this casual joint for generous portions of scrumptious pulled pork, barbecued chicken or brisket, with tempting sides like mac and cheese and sweet potato casserole. A few hush puppies also accompany each sandwich...  Read More



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 work boots. Such a response isn't surprising when you sample the tender, succulent meat...  Read More



This tavern next door to Earth Fare on Pelham Road draws diners of all ages, who come to sample Chef Anthony Gray's farm-to-table fare. The chef cures his own meats and smokes heritage pork onsite over local peach wood. On the menu, diners will...  Read More

Woodruff Road


Winner of our Readers' Choice contest for Best BBQ Pork Sandwich in South Carolina, Smoky Dreams couldn't be more aptly named. You might find yourself fantasizing about this unbelievably delicious barbecue, not to mention the accompanying...  Read More


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