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4 Smokin’ Hot Spots for Grand Strand Barbecue

When the craving for barbecue hits, nothing else will do. And fortunately for those with the itch, the Grand Strand offers plenty of BBQ joints where visitors can find the best in smoked meats and Southern hospitality.

From ribs and smoked chicken to pulled pork, beef brisket and smoked sausage — not to mention favorite sides and desserts like BBQ beans, coleslaw, hush puppies and banana pudding — the Myrtle Beach area has hungry carnivores covered. Next time you and your party want your meal smokin’ hot and slathered in BBQ sauce, check out one of these four top Grand Strand barbecue joints:

Little Pigs Bar-B-Q — Located in a strip mall off the Highway 17 Bypass just north of Pine Lakes Country Club and less than 10 minutes from The Caribbean Resort & Villas, this no-frills, family-run restaurant has put the focus on its food since opening in 1998. Serving North Carolina-style barbecue smoked for 18-20 hours over hickory coals and slathered in a vinegar-based sauce, Little Pigs is famous for its tender and moist pulled pork sandwiches, chopped beef plates and succulent ribs, as well as its mouthwatering hush puppies, golden onion rings and some of the beach’s best banana pudding. You can wash it all down with some of the area’s best sweet tea. Visit the Little Pigs Facebook page to learn more.

Damon’s Grill — Sitting on the oceanfront at the southern end of Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, Damon’s is known as the place to go on the beach for baby back ribs. And there’s good reason for the reputation — made using a secret recipe, the award-winning, flame-grilled ribs are meaty, tender and smothered in Damon’s own special caramelized sauce. While the ribs are the restaurant’s claim to fame, the wide-ranging menu offers a long list of other options for those in your crew who haven’t been bitten by the BBQ bug. Appetizers include the famous Onion Loaf and the Creamy Chees & Sausage Dip served with grilled flatbread, and entrees include burgers, Meat & 3 plates, seafood, sandwiches and more. See the full menu at ribsribsribs.com.

Prosser’s BBQ — When you’ve really worked up a hunger for barbecue, head south to Murrells Inlet for Prosser’s BBQ & Buffet Restaurant. Regular buffet items include all-you-can-eat BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken, pulled pork and center-cut pork chops. Featuring options beyond barbecue, the buffet also regularly features fried chicken, fried flounder, chicken & dumplings, chicken bog, and a range of Southern-cooked vegetables, soufflés and desserts. Visit prossersbbq.com to learn more.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit — With a trio of locations on the Grand Strand, this Texas-born fast casual chain is best known for its beef brisket, pulled pork, St. Louis style ribs, Polish and spicy cheddar sausage, and more. An array of Classic and Westerner sandwiches, sliders, Smoke Stacks (think smoked meat piled on top of mac & cheese, baked potato casserole or Fritos) and Butcher Tacos round out the entrée options, and sides include barbecue beans, jalapeno beans, slaw, fried okra and creamed spinach. To sweeten the deal, buttery rolls and complimentary ice cream are served with every meal. See the full range of menu offerings at dickeys.com.

Once you’ve had your fill of the Grand Strand’s best barbecue, head back to your comfortable oceanfront accommodations at The Caribbean Resort & Villas to catch some rest and work up an appetite for your next delicious meal. Book your Myrtle Beach getaway today, and start making your plans to explore all of the area’s diverse culinary offerings.