Pitmaster Aaron Siegel is steadily building a Lowcountry barbecue empire. At the original West Ashley location, you can munch on tender ribs, chicken, and pork while listening to blues and roots rock-centric live music, while out at the Sullivan’s Island the slightly larger menu includes smoked turkey and barbecue shrimp. Siegel now has a third location in the works for Williman Street, just around the corner from the City Paper. Home Team also serves up a yummy Texas-style salt-and-pepper brisket. The result of a gut-busting R&D tour through the Lone Star State, it is arguably the best brisket being served in the Carolinas today. The fat quite literally melts in your mouth, and the beef itself is seasoned to oh-boy perfection. Note: Be sure to take your blood pressure meds beforehand — it’s aggressively salted. Siegel’s ribs have been singled out for particular praise, too, being voted Most Life-Changing Rib by Esquire readers and earning Home Team the designation Best Rib-Sticking Joint in America by Southern Living magazine. However, if it’s your first time at Home Team, you have to order Siegel’s smoked chicken wings paired with the mayonnaise-based Alabama-style barbecue sauce. Cool, creamy, and tangy, it’s the perfect match for the smoky chicken and arguably the best barbecue sauce in town. —Robert Moss Dish, Winter 2016


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