Enjoy Carolina-Style Barbecue at Its Best in the Myrtle Beach Area

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 alone, which is the case for off-the-beaten-path places like Hog Heaven BBQ. For families with mixed taste buds, be sure to check out some of the BBQ places that also double as country cooking restaurants, such as Prosser's Bar-B-Que and Damon's Oceanfront Grill. If you are picky about your barbecue sauces, be sure to choose the right spot for you. From North Carolina-style (vinegar-based over chopped pork), South Carolina-style (mustard-based over pulled pork) and Texas-style (sweet tomato-based over smoked beef), you'll find the right barbecue to hit the spot along the Grand Strand.



Experience a taste of Brazilian feast in traditional Churrascaria fashion at Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse. Located just across 29th Avenue North from Broadway at the Beach, Rioz provides a unique tableside service like a well orchestrated ballet...  Read More

Sticky Fingers RibHouse
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The name says it all - finger-lickin' and finger-stickin' barbecue straight from the South Carolina Lowcountry. Specializing in pulled pork and baby-back ribs, Sticky Fingers provides down-home BBQ in a more modern/casual restaurant setting....  Read More

Ocean Isle Beach


The surrounding towns of Calabash and Southport are famous for their seafood, but Bart's makes sure that good North Carolina-style barbecue is also represented in the coastal region of the Carolinas. Offering smoked pork, chicken and beef...  Read More

Sweet Carolina's Lowcountry Grill
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Experience a true taste of coastal South Carolina cuisine at this new Broadway at the Beach eatery. Offering fresh seafood items such as shrimp and grits and Lowcountry crab cakes, along with the Palmetto State's mainland favorite like pork...  Read More



A new concept in food and beverage comes to Myrtle Beach at Fire and Smoke Gastropub, a unique experience in dining and drinking. Featuring an extensive wine list as well as a full bar and bottomless number of beer options, Fire and Smoke also...  Read More

Hog Heaven BBQ
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In an area that is torn between regional barbecue preferences, Hog Heaven offers Lowcountry barbecue at its best. Hog Heaven is a small, stand-alone shop on a secluded stretch of highway just north of Georgetown, and people come from miles...  Read More

North Myrtle Beach


This family-owned and operated barbecue joint is a popular spot among locals who like their smoked meat with all the Southern-flavored trimmings. Not only will you get the great taste of true Carolina pork barbecue, slow cooked over hickory...  Read More

Prosser's Bar-B-Q
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This family-owned and operated eatery has been serving sweet barbecue and country cooking since 1953, and for good reason. Not only does Prosser's do barbecue the good ol' Southern way - slow smoked over hickory coals to perfection - it also...  Read More



Damon's specializes in ribs - big, meaty ribs char-grilled and slathered in a tantalizing sauce. Not a fan of ribs? Well, Damon's obliges, with a well-rounded menu of prime rib, steaks, barbecued chicken, juicy burgers and tasty salads. Even the...  Read More

Little Pigs BBQ
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This hidden jewel at the end of a secluded strip mall if worth searching for, and you can follow your nose to the smell of burning hickory and smoking meat. Little Pigs does it the South Carolina way - whole pork shoulders rubbed in spices and...  Read More


Meet Terry Massey

It's no surprise that journalist Terry Massey is credited with creating the word 'stay-cation.'  He considers the past 18 years in Myrtle Beach a vacation.

He and his wife Stephanie were...  More About Terry