Greenville has a new BBQ tour that you absolutely must try. One thing’s for sure, you better come hungry. John Nolan is booking now for his Saturday Greenville BBQ Trail Tours. He invited me to try it out last week, coincidentally, on National BBQ Day!
I’ve been on three of John’s tours now and they are incredible. He’s quite the expert on Greenville’s history and gave us some neat information about the history of BBQ in the South. Did you know that every kind of BBQ sauce can be traced back to distinctive historical roots?
First stop was Mike and Jeff’s BBQ at 2401 Old Buncombe Rd, Greenville in the San Souci community. This roadside barbecue joint opened in 1992. We were greeted by Granny, who said she’d worked at her son Jeff’s BBQ restaurant for 19 years. We were served a giant basket of cornbread hushpuppies with melted butter and iced sweet tea to get started then plates of shredded bbq butt, delicious and creamy cole slaw, baked beans… Mike and Jeff’s smokes their pork butts with Hickory, Oak and Pecan wood for 16+ hours. Can you believe they go through 300-400lb of BBQ a day? We were tempted to eat every last bite, but instead packed to-go boxes and headed to our next stop.
*Tip for your next food tour: Don’t forget to pack a small cooler! That way you can keep your leftovers cool, share them with your family and enjoy the tasty fun long after the tour is over.
Our next stop was Henry’s Smokehouse at 240 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville. Henry’s is a Greenville staple. I remember going there when I was a kid and stuffing myself full of BBQ and fresh cut homemade french fries doused in ketchup. After another cup of sweet tea, we were served a giant plate of smoked pork ribs, pulled pork, mac n cheese, sweet potato casserole and a heaping order of fries. Smoked BBQ heaven.
Last, but not least, we headed out to Bucky’s Bar-B-Q 1700 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville. Owner Wayne Preston started this BBQ joint as a roadside stand and has grown to serve more than 900lbs of BBQ a day in the summer. For their July 4th all-you-can-eat extravaganza people wind around the building hours before opening to fill their bellies with ribs, fresh-chopped bbq, potato salad, sweet or cajun baked beans, sweet potato crunch, green beans with ham and onions, macaroni and cheese, homemade cole slaw and cucumber, tomato and onion salad. We walked through the line for ribs, fresh chopped pork and our choice of two sides. Can you imagine how hard it was to choose? I talked them into a taste of three sides. With full bellies we loaded into the van and headed back.
Father’s day is coming up! This tour would make a great gift. You can email John at firstname.lastname@example.org or give him a call at 800-979-3370.
South Carolina has a new BBQ Trail too! If you dig the pig, you can eat your way around South Carolina using their very cool map. Check it out here. Take pictures along the way and use the hashtag #scbbq.