Most South Carolina barbecue joints don't know how to cook brisket, so we had to import Jim 'N Nick's from Birmingham, Ala. The downtown location, which calls itself Pink Pig Bar & Q by Jim 'N Nick's, is a fast-casual, order-at-the-counter joint, offering a small island of Southern culture amid the tony King Street retailers. The North Charleston location brings the same slow-cooked fare to the bargain hunters in the outlet mall district at Centre Pointe, and it does it in a sit-down, full-service format. At both locations, Jim 'N Nick's covers the barbecue classics as well as more wide-ranging fare, like fried catfish and the John T. Pimento Cheeseburger with lettuce, pickles, tomato, and pimento cheese. Yes, it's a chain, but the founders are hardcore barbecue devotees committed to preserving Southern culinary heritage. Everything from the pimento cheese to the salad croutons are made from scratch in-house, and the barbecue is slow smoked for hours on end. The pulled pork and chicken are good, but the smoked pork hot links and the sliced Angus beef brisket are the real draws. And don't forget those signature cheese biscuits, which come to the table piled high and steaming hot. —Robert Moss, Dish (Summer 2012)
Meat smoked in huge brick pits and slathered with sauce. Hand pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked turkey breast, and ribs.