I have to agree with factory connection. I have been visiting this spot since they opened and always enjoyed it. The pulled pork is always falling apart and moist. The ribs have always been juicy and well seasoned. I also love the mac n cheese. The service has been great since day one, and I have been there during some very busy times. I am big into cooking/smoking meats, and The Barbecue Joint is on par with some of my best dishes.
I've had BBQ Joint food fairly regularly since the day they opened and I've never had a bad experience nor anything but welcoming service. These negative reviews sound way too personal. Regardless, I've never had any hesitation about recommending their food to anyone for lunch or catering. I've had the competitors' product from all other mentioned places and BBQ Joint is right there with 'em.
I had received a $25 gift certificate from The BBQ joint and was looking forward to trying it. I am sooo sorry that I ever walked into this place. I took a friend and we ordered the sandwich, side and tea for $9. I told the guy behind the counter I wanted to only use $12.50 of the certificate and save the balance for my next visit. The next thing I knew this little fat turd walked up and told me "no, it's a one time shot". I said it was a gift certificate, basically money that I had pre-spent in his store for food later. He said if I didn't like it I could "get the fuck out". I told him he was an asshole (but he knew that already) and for him to give me my certificate back. He grabbed it and said no. So he was going to STEAL MY MONEY! There were small children nearby and so I calmed down and rather than smashing his head against the counter while my new girlfriend watched, I chose to just take my plate of food. Well that was another mistake. I travel all over the south and I am a huge BBQ fan, and have eaten at pretty much most of the favorites in SC, GA, and NC. This was an embarrassment to a pig. It tasted like he scraped it from a dog's butt. It was flavorless. Don't believe me? Read the Yelp.com reviews. The BBQ hash tasted like it was BBQ from last month that he couldn't sell and he just mixed in some ketchup. The rice was even bad. How do you make rice bad??
Two solid days of diarrhea later I finally got my strength back. This little troll that owns the place should move back to Ohio and get his job back at the DMV. He knows nothing about BBQ. Shealy's, Dukes, all of the Bessinger guys, Browns, Lexington, etc. they know BBQ. Good luck if you go. It is a waste of a good pig.
If you don't believe me call me. This is a true story. And if you don't like this review lardass, come find me. I'm in the white pages.
I grew up in the lowcountry and as a kid stayed up all night many a time drinking beer and cooking whole hogs in backyard pits. REAL lowcountry BBQ. Sticky Fingers, IMO, is grossly overrated. It's Memphis style BBQ, not SC or lowcountry BBQ. If you want some serious BBQ, drive to Holly Hill and eat at Sweatman's or go to Conway for meat from Scott's. There are dozens of mom & pop BBQ joints within 70 miles of the coast that put Sticky Fingers to shame. Brown's in Kingstree is fantastic!! Here in Charleston the best places for Carolina style or lowcountry BBQ are Duke's on Folly Road and JB's Smokeshack on Maybank over on Johns Island.
Great food, super service. Hosted a large party for lunch during our wedding weekend and almost everyone in the party bought the BBQ sauce sampler - it was THAT good.
Brisket and Banana pudding are awesome!
Moose's moved to Summerville and we couldn't be happier. We are also happy to see the buffet is still alive and well at Moose's after the move. The pulled pork is moist and full of smoke, and they do a good job of picking out the fat..all of which we love. If you don't smell smoke or see a wood pile, its time to move to another BBQ place. The brisket is also delicious, coming from someone who had a whole lot of brisket in Texas where its an art form. I also see things like Pork Loin that you don't expect but are delighted when offered on a buffet. The cobbler does leave something to be desired but the Banana Pudding hits the mark. Sides aren't the best I've had in town...Home Team has beat them by a mile in that area, but for the price and the drive, we make it regularly from the peninsula and were so thrilled that we don't have to drive to Monck's Corner anymore! Keep up the great work!
Great place to eat and great service !! Thanks for your southern hospitality Ashley.
No brisket or smoked chicken wings to be found, THERE WAS NO BBQ TO BE FOUND!!!! The last time I checked...BBQ was smoked meat & lots of it...NOT fried chicken! BBQ chicken, Ribs, Brisket, Sausage - That's BBQ!!! They only have ribs on Sat. nights!!! Not a fan of their idea of BBQ, would never stop at this locale ever again!
"Beer snobs learn the difference between bock & tap"
Please, enlighten us...
Smokey Oak fills the late night parking lot. Smokey Oak is small with a patio when you love the outdoor heat & bugs. If you want great barbeque, drive out EARLY along Maybank all the way to JB's SmokeShack early Wed-Sat... late night HOME TEAM BBQ is GREAT IN WEST ASHLEY and on Sullivan's Island. I'm going back to Smokey Oak when we visit James Island friends. Beer snobs learn the difference between bock & tap
I used to live down the road from this place and was always a huge fan of their food. I will never go back after what happened the other day. While our waitress took forever we chalked it up to how busy it was since the Cajun Fest had just ended. But while looking around for our food (which took almost 40 minutes to get there) we noticed one of the employees go into the bathroom with a girl. In a bathroom with no stalls it was pretty obvious what he was going in there to do. After about 15 minutes he and the girl returned and he went back into the kitchen. I wrote a note on our receipt and told the waitress who tried to assure us he didn't work there. Yet he was wearing their uniform and alternated between the kitchen and behind the bar. After this experience I will not be back..
Blackened doesn't nessisarily mean it's bbq. Dry chicken, burnt sausage, and tastless bbq no wonder they provide so many different sauces to drown the flavor into the food with. Top that off with a rude staff and you get a James Island local that'll be driving to Home Team for his BBQ fix.
I will never come back. Between the awful service and the blatant disrespect from management, Smoky Oak has lost a James Island local forever.
Always really like Melvins, living nearby its a great place to hop in for a little joe or a big joe. Fans of mustard based BBQ will not want to pass it up as this is a South Carolina institution.
The ribs (both dry and wet) are always fantastic, burgers are good, Hot dogs are pretty killer as well.
The sides are a bit weak, I'd say the best thing to get there is the fried okra and mac and cheese.
Nanobeerz - you are correct regarding Smoky Oak's food. It is poor - pretty much everything on the menu is underwhelming. Among other mistakes: they use far too much sugar in all their cornbread, batter, etc.
The BBQ is poor to put it mildly.
But I find their beer selection pretty good - you kind of need to know which of the taps are new and which ones are old. But they have a nice selection of tall boy bottles too - things like Rogue Chocolate Stout, etc.
This pretty much sums up their food:
Last few times I have been to Smoky Oak to have a beer with friends, I stopped at Barberito's for a burrito first.
Barbecue should stand on its own with seasoning/dry rub etc. It should not need to be lathered in sauce in order to get some seasoning. This is where Smokey oak fails. The meat on its own is tender, but flavorless. The bar, staff, and other food choices are good--the beer selection is fantastic---we go because we live close by. But the best bbq is in tennessee/kentucky.
I don't know where these people have had barbeque before. Quite possibly the worst BBQ I've ever had. You eat it for days (burping it back up) and you feel sick after leaving there. The fried Chicken is again the worst I've ever had. I guess people just like it because you get 10 pounds of food on your plate. The sides don't help out. The tea is good.
Love the bbq joint, chicken was moist and flavorful, the hash and rice is different than others i ve had but really good and the collards were delicious, great quick lunch.
Regarding our parking situation: We have acquired the Charleston Imaging Parking Lot at 1315 Ashley River Road. It is a block and a half past HTBBQ on the left (right after the strip mall with Taco Spot). This lot is available after 5PM on weekdays and all day and night on weekends. ALSO, AFTER XMAS....THE XMAS TREE PARKING LOT (RIGHT NEXT DOOR) WILL BE AVAILABLE ON NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS FOR OUR PATRONS.....HOPE THIS HELPS FOLKS!!!
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