Our Food

We don't break tradition. Old Carolina Barbecue Company is a tribute to the roadside shacks found throughout the Carolinas. And in the Carolinas, pork IS barbecue. So, whether it's whole hog, whole shoulder or the bone-in pork butts we smoke on-site every night, Carolina barbecue starts with real hickory wood. Authentic flavor can't be rushed, so we cook low and slow for up to 14 hours serving you barbecue that's worthy of our Carolina inspiration.

It's in the details. Every sandwich is hand-pulled or sliced to order giving you that deep-down smoky flavor. Scratch-made sides, headlined by "Simply the World's Greatest Baked Beans," hand-rolled hushpuppies and your choice of creamy or vinegar coleslaw are prepared daily by our True Q Team who are quick to offer guests their favorite suggestions.  

It starts with a smile. Our travels throughout the Carolinas garnered recipes from third generation pitmasters. During those visits we knew there was another key ingredient just as crucial to our success; genuine hospitality. So, when you walk through the door of any Old Carolina location, you are greeted by a smiling crew member ready to take your order. And with our "Love at first bite or we'll make it right" guarantee, our team will check with you to ensure your meal is extraordinary. When it's time to part ways you'll hear a "See ya next time!"

What kind of saucy are you? While our meats and sides are Carolina-inspired, it's the five distinctive flavors on our self-serve sauce bar which tell the regional barbecue story of the Carolinas: Classic (sweet), Piedmont No. 5 (tangy), Original Gold (golden bbq), Screamin' Beaver (hot!), and Coastal Carolina (peppery vinegar). You'll find more than one to love for your pork, brisket, chicken or ribs. Find yours here.

Aww shucks. Since our opening, we've won more than 140 awards. Best ribs. Best barbecue. Best caterer. And in 2014, Old Carolina was named one of the Top Ten BBQ Chains in the USA. Recognized for our commitment to authentic barbecue and our promise of genuine southern hospitality, we can’t wait to be your new favorite.