Best Barbecue Spots in Spartanburg

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Looking for some tasty barbecue in Spartanburg? Barbecue places are in no short supply in the Carolinas. Since we aim to please when it comes to lists, we had Kidding Around’s Melanie Coblentz compile this list of best barbecue resturants in Spartanburg, based on our readers’ recommendations. 


The Savory South

No type of food is more synonymous with the south than barbecue. No, we’re not talking about the kind you cook on the grill in your back yard. We’re talking about the kind that is slowly smoked over wood, with a dry rub, by someone who has learned the fine art of cooking meat this way. It’s a serious business, and that’s why people are so passionate about it when they find a place that does it well. Spartanburg is no slouch when it comes to barbecue options, either. Included among the establishments in this list is an SC ambassador chef and a place recognized as the best in South Carolina. 

The Best Barbecue in Spartanburg

Initial Q

127 West Main Street, Spartanburg SC 29306

Brand new to the downtown scene, Initial Q isn’t trying to be like your typical BBQ joint. The website describes dining there as a “gastro-smokehouse experience”.

Their I.Q. platter is perfect if you want to try a variety of items on their menu and is enough for 2-3 people to share.

Tiffany LB

Boonjugs Hillbilly BBQ & Hash

2555 Highway 9, Boiling Springs SC 29341

Spartanburg foodies are all familiar with Mark Wallace and his food trailer. When the trailer was recently damaged and Mark was missing from his regular spot in Boiling Springs, people went crazy. Amazing food including brisket, ribs and smoked chicken are on the menu along with homemade sides.

We love Boonjugs! We eat from there every weekend! He smokes it and his homemade bbq sauce is the best!

Nicole H

Southside Smokehouse & Grille

726 Howard Avenue, Landrum SC 29356

Southside Smokehouse’s chef, Sarah McClure was named one of 2018’s South Carolina Chef Ambassadors. Sarah’s hope is to change the way people view southern people and food. 

Southside Smokehouse is the best restaurant in town!

Stephanie M.W.

Bubba’s BBQ and Bash

827 West Blackstock Road, Spartanburg SC 29301

This alcohol and smoke free restaurant offers its selections family style. Barbecue isn’t the only food you’ll find here. They have daily specials that include items like calabash shrimp, country fried steak, low country boil and more. 

So much food and so delicious.

Dana J

Did your favorite place to get BBQ make our list?

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom to two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures! She enjoys sharing her finds with friends and loves even more that she can share them with Kidding Around readers! She can be found on Instagram @figuringthisoutdotcom
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John Pettit
John Pettit
7 months ago

Southern Barbecue, Little Pigs BBQ, and Shane’s Rib Shack should all get a shoutout. Initial Q wouldn’t make my list.