Barbecue

In South Carolina, BBQ is an official attraction. In Greenville, it’s smokin’ serious.


Since South Carolina truly is the birthplace of BBQ, then who are we to downplay this smoky birthright? Everyone has their own opinion, but when we talk BBQ here in Greenville, we mean much more than pulled pork (although if you just say “barbecue” around here, pork is what you’ll get). We’re talking mouthwatering ribs, tender brisket, savory sausage and traditional chicken, all served up with the four “official” styles of sauce: mustard-based, vinegar pepper, light tomato, and heavy tomato. Suffice it to say, the choices are as plentiful as the flavors are incredible.

Greenville's BBQ scene has been gaining more and more national attention, and was most notably ranked the "#9 Best BBQ City in America" by Yahoo! and Thrillist and the "#3 Best BBQ City" by Livability.com. A fabulous offering by Greenville Culinary Tours, the Greenville BBQ Trail Tour offers back-to-back tastings at the top BBQ spots in the city. Think the types of joints with smokestacks coming out of the roof and white smoke billowing out of the chimneys—where the meats are smoked right on the premises. Generally held on Saturdays, this $39/person tour is one not to miss! 

Included on the tour and itself ranked the "#7 Best BBQ Joint in South Carolina" (Spoon University), #3 on Yelp and USA TODAY's 10Best, and #4 on TripAdvisor, Henry's Smokehouse serves up classics like the BBQ sandwich with Brunswick stew, BBQ ribs, sweet potato casserole and good ol' sweet tea. Henry's prides itself on using the best  quality ingredients, doing everything manually  like hand-pulling choice meat portions, and slow-cooking at low temperatures to seal in the flavor and allow for fall-off-the-bone meats—the reason why they've become so legendary. Insider's Tip: Locals love to pour on the mustard sauce. 

Satiate Your Hunger with a Plan: The Official South Carolina BBQ Trail Map