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5 Smokin’ Hot Spots to Get Your BBQ Fix on the Grand Strand

5 Smokin’ Hot Spots to Get Your BBQ Fix on the Grand Strand

When you’ve got a craving for barbecue, there’s simply no other type of food that will satisfy it. And fortunately for Grand Strand visitors who get the smoky itch, our 60-mile stretch of Carolina coastline offers plenty of BBQ joints where you 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 vacation crew want your meal smokin’ hot and slathered in BBQ sauce, check out one of these five 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 roughly 6 minutes from Long Bay Resort, 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.

Sweet Carolina’s — While you can find a long list of eateries at Myrtle Beach shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot Broadway at the Beach, your nose is likely to find this one first, as Sweet Carolina’s smokes an array of meats daily using hickory, apple and pecan woods. All meals here begin with warm, homemade cornbread delivered to your table, then you can choose from such popular entrée offerings as baby back ribs, beef brisket, smoked chicken and seafood. Lighter fare includes fried green tomatoes, freshly made salads and the like, and desserts like homemade chocolate pie, key lime pie and made-to-order skillet cookies await those with a sweet tooth. Learn more at the Sweet Carolina’s Facebook page.

Sticky Fingers — Boasting two Grand Strand locations (one in Myrtle Beach and a second in North Myrtle Beach), this Carolinas-based chain serves delicious Memphis-style, hickory-smoked ribs, wings and pork, along with an array of sandwiches and burgers. Plus, mouthwatering sides like barbecue baked beans, creamy mac & cheese, fried corn on the cob and sweet potato casserole round out the offerings. The restaurant’s claim to fame, thought, just might be its finger-licking-good sauces, which include Sweet Southern Heat, Carolina Sweet, Memphis Original, Carolina Classic and Sweet Kentucky Bourbon. See the full menu at stickyfingers.com.

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 http://www.dickeys.com

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With such a wide array of food choices available on the Grand Strand, guests at Long Bay Resort can find the perfect restaurant to satisfy whatever culinary craving might strike — and these five options are sure-fire winners when the BBQ urge sets in! Book your Myrtle Beach getaway today, and come see why Myrtle Beach is a great destination for fans of all types of cuisine.