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“not BBQ in my opinion” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Bessinger's Barbecue

Bessinger's Barbecue
1602 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-6257
843-556-1354
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Ranked #202 of 758 Restaurants in Charleston
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Buffet
Oneonta, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“not BBQ in my opinion”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We had rotisserie chicken. All you could taste was SMOKE! Yuck! With my eyes closed, I could not have identified what meat I was eating- there was no taste of chicken, only smoke. .There did not seem to be any seasoning on the chicken, or anything resembling barbeque sauce. For the sides, I chose green beans, which were very overcooked, with some unidentifiable spices, and steak fries, which would have been ok except that they were all soggy from the juice from the beans. The meal came with a typical corn muffin, and one large onion ring, which was by far the best part of the meal!
This was not an experience I"d ever want to repeat.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Oneonta,New York
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Gruesome”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Billed as slow rotisserie chicken over wood fire. Well, all you can taste is wood smoke and cooked so long the meat has the consistency of hot cereal. I hope this is not representative of all southern BBQ.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Charleston
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“The real BBQ deal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This place is classic BBQ, southern style! They've been doing it for decades now, and that includes secret family recipes. Lately they're adding some "perky" specials like Fried Green Tomato burger that's supposedly amazing, and a real deal too!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tuscumbia, Alabama
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Best Smoked Chicken!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This place is awesome. I had the rotisserie chicken plate. My wife had the pulled pork plate. I must say that chicken was the best smoked chicken I have ever had. We were very impressed with this place. I would recommend Bessinger's to anyone that enjoys BBQ. Carolina at it's best!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Canon City, Colorado
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Bessinger's - an incredible place for an outstanding lunch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Wow! We were delighted to discover Bessinger's while vacationing in South Carolina. The half chicken was cooked to perfection - amazingly tender and flavorful. The
Little Joe basket had a sandwich with the best pulled pork I have ever tasted along the giant onion ring as an especially delightful treat. We fell in love with the Hickory Red Sauce. The staff was helpful and pleasant! Thanks to Bessinger's for a great BBQ experience.

Charlie and Heather Zimmerman

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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