Rather than derail the football ticket thread, I thought I’d start a new one to address BBQ in light of SC promoting their BBQ trail in the 2014 ticket packages.
IMO, Lexington style BBQ is the best you can get anywhere. That said, there is still good BBQ to be found elsewhere in the southeast and around the country and just because it’s Lexington style doesn’t mean it’s good. The best BBQ is good independent of the sauce and in my book has to have a distinct smoke flavor while still being tender. You’ll find many BBQ restaurants have strayed from the smoke and that’s a serious misgiving. Gary’s BBQ in China Grove used to have good BBQ but they no longer cook with wood and just don’t have good BBQ anymore.
One thing to note about SC BBQ is that it’s not all mustard based. Charleston and Columbia are where you’ll typically find mustard sauces but the rest of the state is usually either tomato or vinegar based. One of the best places to get BBQ in both Carolina’s is at Scott’s BBQ in Hemmingway, SC and they use an Eastern NC style sauce. Not a bad side trip when headed to the beach on Hwy 501. My other favorite SC BBQ spot is Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ which has two locations in Charleston.