Once a mainstay of Johns Island, Hickory Hawg moved across town and now operates out of an old Wendy's building on Rivers Avenue. Their technique remains the same, though. The pork shoulders are cooked over wood, with no gas or electrical assistance, and you can taste it. The chopped pork is smoky and delicious, and it's served with a thick, red sauce that's sweet and peppery, whether on a plate with hash and rice, hushpuppies, and barbecue slaw or atop a sandwich bun with pickles. There's barbecue chicken and baby back ribs, too. All in all, it's top-notch 'cue — especially the chopped pork — and a very welcome addition to the North Charleston dining scene. —Robert Moss, Dish (Winter 2011)
The signature flavors of the meats and the red pepper/vinegar sauce are directly inspired by the famous joints of central and eastern North Carolina.