Melvin's Barbecue: A Charleston Tradition

The locals know that Lowcountry barbecue is a one-of-a-kind experience. Tender pulled pork shoulders, basted in that unique tangy mustard's the Charleston way!

Melvin Bessinger's Barbecue Restaurants are a South Carolina tradition that began in 1939. Generations later, Melvin's is still famous for serving the finest St. Louis style pork ribs, pork shoulders, chicken and pulled pork barbecue - not just in Charleston, but the whole South!

Melvin's serves Big Joe Bessinger's legendary Golden Secret Recipe barbecue sauce. It's a recipe passed from generation to generation - spoken but never written down - and it's the real deal. With so many barbecue choices in Charleston, why not choose the original?

But you don't have to take our word for it. Come on down and experience the one-of-a-kind flavor and friendly service at one of two Melvin's Barbecue locations in Mt. Pleasant and James Island.

So, welcome to Melvin's Barbecue! Be sure to check out our menu. Read about Melvin's history and the Bessinger family. Learn all about catering your next Charleston SC event, and see where you can buy our famous barbecue sauces. From 'South Carolina's 1st Family of Mustard-based Barbecue,' we'd like to say "Thanks for your continued support, y'all!"

the legend

A South Carolina tradition since 1939, Melvin Bessinger's BBQ Restaurants are beloved and famous for the best St. Louis style pork ribs, chicken and "All Ham" BBQ in the South. But don't take our word for it, come on down and experience the flavor at one of two locations in Mt. Pleasant and James Island. Thank you for your continued support, y'all!

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What people are saying...

  •  Food was amazing!! Pulled pork, coleslaw, mac & cheese, beans,banana pudding. Like Heaven. A+++ 

    Miss Cary Cooper - Los Angeles, CA
  •  Everything was great on Thursday. The food, service, staff, etc. was all great. We have used ya'll numerous times for our jobsite barbecues, and have had continuous success with it over the last few years. We hope to continue this trend and relationship with Melvin's in the future. 

    Chris Pettit - M.B. Kahn Construction Co. Inc
  •  You need to open a Melvin's in Greenville, SC. It would be great! 

    Tom Jenkins - Taylors, SC
  •  Awesome service as always, food was out before I finished paying. Keep up the excellent work! 

    D.L. Kirkland, Jr. - Charleston, SC
  •  Very good fries. We loved the seasoning on them. Well sized burgers! 

    The Saygers-Mohs
  •  Loved your Mac & Cheese! 

    Tom - Mt. Pleasant, SC


Melvin's Barbecue celebrates 75 years
January 28, 2015
Melvin's is excited to announce its most recent brand "refresh" including a new logo, website, social media presence and updated menu.
Melvin's brings on the burnt ends
February 6, 2015
A South Carolina barbecue institution so identified with pork that it 25 years ago adopted a smiling pig as its logo is venturing deeper into beef barbecue territory.