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Want the best BBQ you can get on Hilton Head and in Bluffton, Beaufort? Try these places

Why do people get so defensive about BBQ in the Carolinas?

Observer food writer Kathleen Purvis explains what happens every time she writes about BBQ - and tells us the one thing that astonishes her every time she eats a barbecue sandwich.
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Observer food writer Kathleen Purvis explains what happens every time she writes about BBQ - and tells us the one thing that astonishes her every time she eats a barbecue sandwich.

Summer might be over, but the weather is still perfect to eat a rack of ribs.

South Carolina’s barbecue is arguably the best around and Bluffton, Hilton Head and Beaufort offer plenty of options.

Here are some of the best places to try mouth-watering ribs or pulled pork in the Lowcountry:

Bluffton

Bluffton BBQ

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Try: Their award-winning rack of ribs or pulled pork. You can try their pork in the form of a BBQ sandwich or pig in a blanket.

Chow Daddy’s

Try: You’ll definitely want to try their pulled pork and brisket. Whether you’re in Bluffton or Hilton Head, you can stop by this restaurant for some delicious, home-cooked meals.

Jim N’ Nicks

Try: This chain barbecue restaurant has some of the best Southern comfort dinners you can buy. You’ll have to try their mac n cheese and cole slaw to go with your baby back ribs.

Hilton Head

One Hot Mama’s

Try: Not only their delicious ribs, but the restaurant has a killer happy hour that lasts all day Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. the rest of the week.

Bullies BBQ

Try: The best part about this restaurant is its old-school charm. Make sure to take a selfie in front of the word-scribbled wall and sample their ribs and brisket.

The Smokehouse

Try: The best way to sample everything this award-winning restaurant has to offer is to order their Smokehouse plate. The plate includes all customers’ favorites and barbecue including baby back ribs, brisket, smoked chicken and pulled pork.

Chow Daddy’s

Try: Again, travel across the Cross Island Parkway to try the restaurant’s famous slow-roasted pork.

Beaufort

Q on Bay

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Try: You can’t go wrong with this restaurant’s pulled pork.

KC Mike’s Smokin

Try: Yelpers praised all the items on the restaurant’s menu, so at least you know you can’t order wrong.

Dukes Barbeque of Beaufort

Try: You can go all out with their buffet or order a nice plate of ribs to take home.

Smokin’ Oaks Barbeque

Try: Pork, pork and more pork when you come to this local restaurant.

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