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Bessinger's
Ribs/BBQ/Wings
Entrées $5-$10
West Ashley. 1602 Savannah Hwy. 556-1354
Lunch and Dinner
This paragon of old-style 'Lowcountry' barbecue since 1946 offers a buffet of old-style favorites along with a full menu of barbecue delights in a large, ranch-themed restaurant on Hwy. 17. The 'secret' recipes among the competitive family members are very subtly different, but the big piles of tender smoked pork are what will attract any carnivorous, gluttonous Southerner -- or any tourist interested in one of the South's most contentious dishes.

J.B.'s Smokeshack
Ribs/BBQ/Wings
Entrées $5-$10
Johns Island. 3406 Maybank Hwy. 557-0426
Lunch and Dinner
J.B.'s Smokeshack is the epicenter of pork -- the 'flavor's in the meat, and the sauce is on the side.' The saying makes the promise and the ribs and barbecue deliver in spades. The buffet offers both good side dish surprises and some old-fashioned 'white trash' choices like 'dirt cake.' The dining room is festooned with pig-themed decorations like oven mitts and welcome mats, and the country waitstaff could strike up a conversation with a telephone pole. All in all, it's a fantastic cultural experience underpinned by really good meat.

Delicious ribs are the main attraction at Jim n Nicks
  • Delicious ribs are the main attraction at Jim n Nicks

Jim 'n' Nick's
Ribs/BBQ/Wings
Entrées $10-$15
Downtown. 288 King St. 577-0406
Jim 'n' Nick's brings Alabama barbecue to King Street. The room feels old-timey, and the scent in the air is 100 percent wood smoke. Brisket, chicken, or pulled pork -- you can't go wrong -- but you'd make a big mistake not having ribs; they're out of this world. The sides are a bit forgettable with the exception of the awesome creamed spinach, but then, you're here for meat, right?

Melvin's
Ribs/BBQ/Wings
Entrées $5 and under
James Island. 538 Folly Road. 762-0511; Mt. Pleasant. 925 Houston Northcutt Blvd. 881-0549
Lunch and Dinner
Melvin's is known as the 'kinder, gentler' cousin of Maurice Bessinger's barbecue, and we like Melvin's just fine. It's a simpler spot, with delicious Lowcountry barbecue sandwiches and plates, and a fantastic burger that has gotten a stamp of approval from City Paper readers -- and some guy named Jimmy Buffett. The locations on Folly Road and in Mt. P are spotless, friendly, and exude niceness and good Southern cookin'.

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