Little Pigs Bar-B-Que
6102 Frontage Road, Myrtle Beach; (843) 692-9774
Tucked away in a small, unassuming shopping center just off U.S. 17 Bypass, Little Pigs Bar-B-Q is well-loved among area locals, and locals know their BBQ. The menu reflects the style of classic lunch-counter BBQ, focusing on quality and consistency over trends and gimmicks. Slow smoked, tender pulled pork plates with traditional sides and homemade sauces are the restaurant’s specialty. Traditional tomato-based sauce, as well as popular South Carolina mustard based and North Carolina vinegar sauces, satisfy a variety of discriminating tastes. Southern sides include baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad and hushpuppies. Order sandwiches on soft, fluffy buns, or BBQ plates, available in regular or jumbo portions. Order for dine-in or carry out, including party platters and catering. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
North Myrtle Beach: 1561 U.S. 17 N.; (843) 249-6901, Surfside Beach: 1205 U.S. 17 N.; (843) 477-1801, Oak Island, N.C.: 5002 East Oak Island Drive; (910) 201-1001
Founded in 2005, Bar-B-Que House has received numerous accolades and has locations in Surfside Beach, North Myrtle Beach and nearby Oak Island, North Carolina. A range of homemade sauces are available with your meal or to take home, such as Eastern North Carolina vinegar sauce, Lexington-style red sauce, South Carolina mustard sauce and their award-winning House Sauce in Original and Spicy. Bar-B-Que House smokes all of their meats daily over hickory wood, imparting the classic flavor that for many defines great barbecue. In addition to traditional pulled pork, they offer brisket, smoked chicken and turkey in a variety of combinations. Serving sandwiches, salads and a well-rounded kids’ menu help make Bar-B-Que House a welcoming destination for families. Open at 11 a.m. daily. Oak Island location opens at 10:30 a.m.
Chuck's Steak House
9695 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach; (843) 449-7611
Since 1979 Chuck’s Steak House on Restaurant Row has made their motto “A thick steak and a cold beer will always be a great idea.” Who could argue with that? The same pride and quality that have made their steaks famous can also be found in Chuck’s tender, meaty ribs, putting them proudly in the “best of BBQ” category. Baby Back Ribs are served in both half-rack and full-rack portions, slow cooked and basted four times in a tangy homemade BBQ sauce. Happy hour guests enjoy “Chuck’s Famous Big Beer” (28 ounces served in a frozen mug) while snacking on Pulled Pork Sliders or Deep Fried Pork Shanks tossed in a Carolina BBQ sauce. Chuck’s also offers a variety of seafood entrees, steak and seafood combinations, as well as a salad bar and a kids’ menu. Serving dinner nightly from 4 p.m.
1380 U.S. 17 N., North Myrtle Beach; (843) 510-0500
Mission BBQ is on, well…a mission. With locations in 12 states the ultra-patriotic-themed Mission BBQ has set out to offer a variety of barbecue styles rather than one specific regional specialty. Choices include authentic Carolina Pulled Pork, Smoked Texas Brisket and even St. Louis-style Spare Ribs. Ten sauce options, including Texas Twang, Alabama White Sauce and Tupelo Honey Heat, reflect the diversity of tastes and flavors found across the country. Mission BBQ was founded by two patriotic BBQ-loving friends who opened their first location on September 11, 2011. With a deep sense of national pride and reverence for our military and first responders, Mission BBQ is a uniquely American experience, active in numerous local and national charity events. Open at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
7147 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island; (843) 237-7444
The appropriately named Hog Heaven restaurant is located just south of Pawleys Island and offers slow-cooked BBQ and St. Louis-style ribs, as well as fried chicken, seafood, sandwiches and appetizers. But the BBQ is what all the fuss is about. They offer a buffet with all of their smoked meats and a variety of side items changing daily. With dine-in, carry out and catering options, Hog Heaven also rents out its building for private events such as wedding receptions or family reunions. Though they specialize in BBQ, Hog Heaven also serves Low Country Boil or a traditional Oyster Roast in their catering packages. Kids under 10 may enjoy the All You Can Eat buffet at a discounted rate, making Hog Heaven a popular destination for families. Open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.