It's Labor Day weekend, and while we at the City Paper wholly support a good backyard barbecue, why not relax and let someone else cook for you? Some of Charleston's favorite barbecue restaurants are offering slow-smoked specials this weekend, and we decided to dive right into the pit.
Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ oak-cooked meat was voted Best Barbecue by City Paper readers — for good reason. Their meat is cooked for 12 to 16 hours, giving it that trademark smoky taste. Several sauces are available at the table, including a vinegar and tomato sauce, a pepper and vinegar sauce, and a mustard sauce made with whole grain mustard. Home Team will be serving some special dishes in addition to their signature barbecue this weekend: Crawfish po'boys, green chili, and the house favorite, smoked wings with Alabama white sauce.
It's a little off the beaten path, but Moose's Famous BBQ in Moncks Corner offers plenty in terms of variety. A plethora of meats are on the menu, including brisket, pork tenderloin, sausage, chicken (also in tender form), and catfish. Sides are abundant, and include but aren't limited to squash casserole, lima beans, sweet potato casserole, and peach cobbler.
For those looking for a traditional South Carolinian barbecue experience, North Charleston's Dukes BBQ (originally based out of Orangeburg) has been serving the Lowcountry for 59 years. As far as meats go, pork is all that's served, but $7.50 will get you all you can eat. Plan your visit though, as Dukes is only open on Friday and Saturday. (The non-related Folly Road Duke's BBQ might be opening this weekend, according to their phone message. Check it out and let us know!).
King Street's Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q cooks its meat for 14 hours over hickory to the point that it's practically falling off the bone. They offer some traditional dishes infused with their Bar-B-Q, including nachos, quesadillas, and salads. Worth checking out is the "Double Decker" a sandwich consisting of both beef brisket and pulled pork with a side for $8.99.
Market Street Saloon, which has revamped its menu to have a serious focus on barbecue, is offering 12 smoked chicken wings and a bucket of Miller beers for $12. Patrons can choose from several housemade sauces, including a Memphis sweet, a Kansas sauce, an Eastern Carolina vinegar-based sauce, and an Orangeburg Mustard sauce. Entertainment is available with your food as well, as the finals of the Saloon's Battle of the Bands will be held at the North Charleston location on Sunday at 6 p.m.