FAQs / Policies

Is Melvin's Barbecue Affiliated with other Bessinger Family Restaurants?

Melvin's Barbecue is locally owned and operated by Melvin David Bessinger. Melvin's is not affiliated with any restaurants owned by other members of the Bessinger family. You can visit one of our two locations in Mount Pleasant or on James Island. Get directions here

Are all of the sauce recipes the same at resturaunts owned by different family members? Whose Recipe is the original?

Big Joe Bessinger invented the sauce in the 1930's. He passed the recipe down to his sons, who later altered the recipe to their own personal tastes.

What does it mean to be "all wood" smoked barbecue?

Traditionally barbecue was smoked over hard woods. As technology advanced, many restaurants switched their cooking process from all wood to gas assisted pits, making it easier to control temperature and reduce costs. However, using gas assisted pits robbed the meats of an authentic smoky flavor. This is why many years ago we switched back to smoking our meats over all wood using Jambo, Lang, and Oyler Pits. 

Why are you closed on Sundays?

Melvin's Barbecue is a family-owned and faith-based restaurant. We feel Sundays are a day for family and worship.

Where can I purchase your sauce?

You can purchase Melvin's BBQ sauce online here or at one of our two restaurant locations. In addition, Melvin's original mustard based barbecue sauce can be found in specialty shops and grocery stores throughout the east coast, including Publix, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Ingles, and Lowes Foods.

How long will it take for my package to arrive?

We ship orders Monday-Friday via USPS Priority Mail or FedEx Ground. Most packages will be delivered within 2-3 business days, but it will vary based on your location. 

How do I become a wholesale vendor?

Please fill out our wholesale vendor form here with your business information and we will email you with all of the on-boarding details including prices, minimums, and shipping policies. 

Can you reserve the private dining room?

Yes! We charge a $50 reservation fee and block off the room for a two hour time period. For more details, and to book, please contact our catering department by emailing catering@melvinsbbq.com. 

How do I get a job at Melvin's?

Please apply by clicking here. We will review your qualifications and contact you to set up an interview if you match our needs.

How do I Request a Donation from melvin's bbq?

Melvin's Barbecue pride's themselves on donating to various churches, schools, and community outreach programs throughout the year. For donation requests please send a detailed email including your event, needs, and Tax-ID number to marketing@melvinsbbq.com. 

Can you do a Whole Hog Catering?

Currently we do not offer this service; however, we would love for you to keep us in mind for other catering events! 

How can I check the balance on my gift card?

Gift card balances may be checked in multiple ways. You can call or take your card to one of our two locations or you can call our corporate office at 843-795-6794 ext 1. 

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