Roll over Memphis, and tell Kansas City the news — when it comes to BBQ, bubba, Greenville is no slouch.
So says the Web site Livability.com, which ranked Greenville third in its list of the top 10 places for BBQ in the United States.
Just one caveat: The site said it based its list on cities other than those typically assumed to be 'Q Meccas, such as the aforementioned Memphis and Kansas City.
"We purposely avoided places that you'll find if you Google 'best BBQ cities,'" the site said. "We're serving up cities that you may not have considered or maybe not even heard of. After all, does the quest for the best barbecue ever end?"
Greenville's ranking shouldn't be too surprising. The Web site noted that the city was already on the map with many BBQ aficionados. And while 'Q snobs may bicker over who has the best BBQ, the Carolinas are generally regarded as the birthplace of American BBQ, thanks to Spanish colonists who introduced pigs to the continent when they settled in the Lowcountry in the 16th century and were taught how to cook and smoke the meat by Native Americans.
To make its picks, the Web site counted the number of barbecue restaurants a city had, looked at the quality of restaurants by examining customer reviews, and in some cases, conducted its own taste tests.
Among area BBQ joints getting a shout out was Henry's Smokehouse, which has a location in Mauldin on Woodruff Road. Said the Web site: "Everything at Henry's is done by hand. Cooks hand pull all the pork butt and toss out all but the choicest portions. In addition to BBQ and ribs, they offer sweet potato casserole and sweet tea. Locals love to pour on the mustard/vinegar sauce."
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