There are few things in life that are more enjoyable than fall-off-the-bone tender, finger-licking-good barbecue. You know, the BBQ that’s slow-smoked and slathered from top to bottom with succulent sauces. That’s the kind of BBQ that the south is known for. Luckily, the Grand Strand is home to several of these true BBQ joints, you just have to know where to look! The décor may be bare, the tables mismatched and there won’t be anything fancy, but that’s just a sign that you are in the right place when you are searching for true down-home BBQ in Myrtle Beach.
Enjoy our roundup of the beach’s best BBQ and pencil in a few during your next Myrtle Beach getaway!
Simply Southern Smokehouse
1913 Mr. Joe White Ave, Myrtle Beach | 843-839-1913
First up on our BBQ roster is Simply Southern Smokehouse. This local’s favorite serves up fresh, low country style BBQ that keeps guests flocking in for both lunch and dinner. The inside features an open floor plan in a barn-style setting.
Guests are invited to help themselves to the buffet filled with a spread of Southern favorites like fried chicken, chicken bog and plenty of BBQ with several house sauces to choose from. Sides include staples like biscuits, mashed potatoes, fried okra, sweet potato casserole and a variety of veggies – to name a few. Lunch specials like fried pork chops and fried fish are served daily, while the dinner service offers additional items like tender ribs and mac n’ cheese. Be sure to save room for dessert – their Banana Pudding is some of the best in town!
Prices for lunch, early bird and dinner range from $11-$15 and include your buffet meal, a drink and tax. Simply Southern is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 7:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Little Pigs Bar-B-Q
6102 Frontage Rd, Myrtle Beach | 843-692-9774
Little Pigs Bar-B-Q is another local secret that offers an “old school” southern dining experience. Serving locals and visitors alike for more than 20 years, the recipes at Little Pigs have been passed down and perfected over time.
Ribs are the way to go at Little Pigs and guests can enjoy a whole or half rack of these coveted, tender chops slathered with your choice of sauce. Other meat offerings include fried chicken, chopped pork BBQ and beef brisket, all of which are available on a plate or as a sandwich.
The sides here are just as tempting and include all the classics like hush puppies, potato salad, mac and cheese, coleslaw and baked beans. The menu also includes scrumptious apple and peach cobbler and truly southern sweet tea. Little Pigs is open Monday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
3750 U.S. 17 Bus, Murrells Inlet | 843-357-1133
The newest BBQ joint in town is Inlet Bar-B-Que, located in the former location of Prosser’s BBQ. When Prosser’s closed in 2020, the owner of Schoolhouse Bar-B-Que in Scranton decided to buy the building and open a new restaurant. The owner says he hopes to pick up where Prosser’s left off and continue to provide delicious, quality BBQ to visitors and locals alike.
With a beautiful new exterior, Inlet Bar-B-Que has the same basic layout that Prosser’s once did with an all-you-can-eat buffet, large dining area and mouth-watering BBQ. You might even see some familiar faces when you visit as several former Prosser’s employees now work at Inlet Bar-B-Que.
In addition to the country classics like pulled pork BBQ, chicken bog, fried chicken, mac and cheese, coleslaw and lima beans, Inlet Bar-B-Que serves daily specials like pot roast and fried seafood. You will also find seasonal veggies on the line like collards, okra, corn and sweet potatoes. Don’t worry, there are plenty of desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth like banana pudding, Oreo pie and homemade cheesecake. There’s even a brand new soft serve ice cream machine that’s included with every buffet meal.
Pricing ranges from $12.50 – $16.50 depending on the time of day and day of the week and includes your all-you-can-eat meal, a drink, a dessert and tax. Inlet Bar-B-Que is open Wednesday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Moe’s Original BBQ
12827 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island | 843-237-8227
Their tagline says it all, “A Southern Soul Food Revival,” and their food is EXACTLY that! Moe’s Original BBQ is a small laid-back shack with indoor and outdoor seating on the south end of the Grand Strand.
Their menu may be small but their food has no shortage of flavor with options like smoked chicken, smoked turkey, fried catfish and Alabama-style pulled pork! Moe’s standard sides include baked beans, slaw, mac and cheese, cornbread and potato salad, but they are constantly adding daily special sides.
You certainly can’t find Moe’s great food at a better price! Grab a sandwich meal with two sides for $10 or a platter with cornbread and two sides for $11. There are also family packs available for larger get-togethers. Moe’s is open Wednesday – Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Check their Facebook page for weekly live music at The Getaway, Moe’s outdoor patio.
1561 Hwy 17 N, North Myrtle Beach | 843-249-6901
1205 Hwy 17 N, Surfside Beach | 843-477-1801
Both of Bar-B-Que House’s Grand Strand locations serve mouth-watering, lick-your-fingers-clean, can’t-get-enough barbeque! We hope you’re hungry because they are happy to slap your plate full with a generous portion of their famous hickory smoked BBQ. If you’re feeling REALLY hungry, may we suggest the Who’s Yer Daddy plate? You’ll get 12oz of juicy BBQ, 1/2 rack of ribs, 4 wings, 3 chicken strips, 1/2 chicken, 3 sides and 8 hushpuppies –phew! That’s enough to feed a whole family!
Bar-B-Que House serves all of their smoked meats without sauce so guests can completely customize their flavors. Their homemade sauces include an Eastern NC-style vinegar sauce, a Lexington-style red sauce, a SC-style mustard sauce, and their own award-winning House sauce in Original and Spicy. The Surfside location is open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. The North Myrtle location is open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Pop Pop’s Pit BBQ
8724 Hwy 707, Myrtle Beach | 843-650-9000
You can’t miss Pop Pop’s Pit BBQ when driving down Hwy 707 with their big blue truck and giant smoker sitting out front. Pop Pop’s is a family-run restaurant serving slow-cooked pit barbeque and fried-to-order chicken. All their meats are smoked over a special blend of wood and topped with a homemade tomato-based BBQ sauce.
Beyond the classics, Pop Pop’s menu includes items like fried pork skins, hot wings, a variety of sandwiches and platters, fried seafood and chicken bog. The Legend Burger is a local favorite made of ¼ pound Angus burger, ¼ pound pulled pork, cheese, 4 slices of bacon, onion rings, jalapenos, mac and cheese, hot sauce and BBQ sauce. Wow, now that’s a burger!
Sides at Pop Pop’s Pit BBQ range from fried okra and baked beans to bacon cheese fries and a special potato salad with bacon, cheese and ranch. Feeling extra hungry? Why not try Pop Pop’s Fat Guy Challenge for a chance to win $200 by devouring four Legend burgers and a large fry in 20 minutes or less. Pop Pop’s Pit BBQ is open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Their newest location is on the south end of town at 3552 Hwy 17 Bus. in Murrells Inlet.