Charleston + BBQ = Love
Something you will hear me say A LOT ... Charleston is a “foodie” city. What does that mean? Well, it means that Charleston is home to some of the best chefs in the country, if not the world ((yes, I said it. WORLD)). The culinary scene in Charleston is so explosive that new restaurants are popping up faster than you can make a reservation and chef’s are flocking to the City. Think of it like Survivor: Chef Edition... the goal is to OUTCOOK - OUTSERVE - OUTLAST ... where only the best of the best survive. In Charleston if a restaurant opens and it is not knock-your-socks-off fantastic, it’s doors will be closed before you can say “check please”.
Lucky for us ((or me)) BBQ in Charleston has found a way to survive the competition, and boast a multitude of BBQ joints - each with it’s own style. So in this post we will explore two of my favorite BBQ restaurants that meet our high standards of being #luxelistapproved.
Up first is an oldie, but a goodie. I would like to formally welcome Hometeam BBQ to the playing field. Hometeam BBQ is a real gamechanger when it comes to delicious BBQ ((see impending pun below)). With three locations to serve you in West Ashley, on Sullivan’s Island or from their newest location in Downtown Charleston - there is no excuse not to try them out. From the tacos to the meat platters to the sides, one thing is for certain - meat sweats will occur. For me, no trip to Hometeam is complete without ordering a Gamechanger... a frozen tropical concoction of gold Caribbean rum, spiced Caribbean rum, orange juice, pineapple juice and cream of coconut all topped with a dash of nutmeg((now do you get the pun?)). Second favorite to the gamechanger are the nachos.. house made tortilla chips topped with three housemade salsas, sharp cheddar and monterey jack cheeses, pickled jalepenos, crema, guacamole, chimichurri and your choice of pulled pork, chicken or smoked chicken chili- aka heaven in your mouth and perfect for sharing. Follow that up with a meat platter - personal favorites are the salt & pepper brisket or the pulled pork. Since you are in the south, no meat platter is complete without a side of mac & cheese and collard greens.
So what did we learn from Hometeam BBQ?
Significant Other + Gamechangers + Nachos = this gal’s perfect date!
And in the other corner squaring up to the playing field we have the newcomer Smoke BBQ. Smoke started as a food truck and got so popular that they opened up a permanent location on ((super coveted)) Upper King St. While Smoke may be relatively new compared to the others - keep an eye on this one, owner Roland Feldman is gaining in popularity and I don’t see him stopping anytime soon. Where do I even begin with their food?
Let’s start with an appetizer - Chicken Wings. Their Chicken Wings are some of the best I’ve ever had ((for real)). Their crispy confit chicken wings are served with pickles and 2 house sauces - a red and a white. You don’t need to know what’s in them, just that they’re unbelievably delicious. Next up do yourself a favor and order a side of their Famous Hash & Grits. No meal in the south is complete without grits and how do grits get any better than by adding all natural brisket hash and chedda ale sauce on top? This brings me to the entree. Beef n chedda sandwich. All natural "True Texas" brisket with house pickles and more of that chedda ale sauce, all on a Brown’s Court bun that’s toasted to perfection. Follow up that massive meal with a shot of their own cinnamon whiskey - no fireball here, just pure homemade deliciousness.
So what did we learn from Smoke BBQ?
Newcomer + Great Food = Massive Success
So who is the winner in this competition? Is there a winner? Absolutely! WE are the winners... two of the best BBQ restaurants with two completely different styles and they are both located in Charleston! Well done to Hometeam and Smoke BBQ for meeting our high standards of being #luxelistapproved.
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Until next time,