The sound of rockabilly came from a combination of Southern blues and hillbilly music, and Rockabilly Barbecue in Myrtle Beach takes a page from the same recipe. Featuring smoked meats in the Southern tradition - slow-cooked over hickory coals - and soul food favorites, Rockabilly Barbecue has already struck a cord with the comfort food crowd on the Grand Strand since opening in the summer of 2013. Pulled pork carnitas, just one of the many new creations at Rockabilly Barbecue — Photo courtesy of Rockabilly Barbecue
The brain child of father-daughter duo Ted and Shaena Hammerman (who co-own and operate the Mr. Fish Seafood Restaurant that relocated from this strip-mall establishment), Rockabilly Barbecue offers the same attention to detail and creative twists on old classics as the previous tenant. Decorated in period-appropriate fashion for the 1950s musical namesake, the familiar faces, fixtures and folk-art interior serve as reminders that Mr. Fish is a not-so-distant cousin.
Most of all, the menu features the same creativity, only with "landfood" instead of seafood. Although Rockabilly Barbecue does offer the same shrimp and grits dish that Mr. Fish is famous for, the bulk of the menu is straight out of a country cookbook, with a little vivid imagination added.
There's fried chicken that finishes a rotisserie bird in the fryer just long enough to form a crispy crust while keeping the meat moist; meatloaf that is smoked, not baked, and wrapped in bacon and caramelized onions for a tender and tasty twist; and pulled pork carnitas that offer three styles of sauce so everyone can enjoy. Oh, and don't forget the country vegetables like mac and cheese, collard greens, sweet potato fries and more.
Rockabilly Barbecue originally opened for lunch only but recently extended its hours to include dinner. How long the 8 p.m. closing time stays in effect will depend on the season and traffic. But with a growing list of regulars, expect the beat to go on at Rockabilly Barbecue. This restaurant underwent an extreme makeover from seafood house to barbecue pit — Photo courtesy of Rockabilly Barbecue