Meat-Eaters unite! Here’s where you can go for some of the best gluten-free barbecue in Charleston, SC.
Fun fact: I actually eat vegan a few times a week. So when I do eat meat, I want it to be TASTY. As much as I love (and I truly mean love) fine dining and quirky hipster restaurants, I also love good down-home, casual barbecue joints.
All 5 of these gluten-free barbecue spots in Charleston are delicious and safe!
1. Lewis Barbecue
MAP IT (Upper Peninsula/NoMo)
Lewis Barbecue is one of the most gluten-conscious spots in all of Charleston – and it’s one of my favorite restaurants in general. The outdoor section is fabulous, especially when it’s nighttime and the tree lights pop on.
If you tell the staff that you cannot eat gluten, they will offer to get a clean carving board from the back that has not touched any bread. All their meats can be carved on that clean space. Then they will tell you which sides are good to go. All their BBQ sauces are gluten-free, so have a blast!
2. Fiery Ron’s Home Team
MAP IT (West Ashley, Upper Peninsula/NoMo, Sullivan’s Island)
All Home Team locations are super fun and laid-back. AND all of the meats and sauces are gluten-free. Most of the sides are fine (obvious ones like mac and cheese are a no-go) – their collards are delish, by the way. Just be sure to mention your gluten allergy, so they don’t put a piece of bread on your platter.
Helpful hint: They also cater, so this could be a great gluten-free catering option in Charleston!
3. Swig and Swine
MAP IT (West Ashley)
I’m gonna be honest with you for a second. Swig and Swine is not MY favorite gluten-free barbecue in Charleston. But I seem to be in the minority… especially considering it has won Best West Ashley Restaurant, Best Ribs, and Best Summerville Restaurant for this year’s Charleston City Paper “Best of Charleston 2017”!
If you want to try out the local’s beloved BBQ spot, you are safe to do so. Most of their food is gluten-free and your waitstaff can help you figure out the menu.
4. Rodney Scott BBQ
MAP IT (Upper Peninsula)
Rodney Scott is known for the slow-smoked “whole hog” BBQ. The entire Rodney Scott BBQ menu is gluten-free with four simple (and quite obvious) exceptions: mac and cheese, hushpuppies, cornbread, and breaded catfish. Everything else is good to go.
5. Poogan’s Smokehouse
MAP IT (Downtown Charleston)
Settled right in the heart of downtown Charleston (which means it’s a super convenient spot for gluten-free tourists in Charleston), Poogan’s Smokehouse has a quirky industrial vibe that I quite enjoy. All of their meats and sauces are gluten-free. Most sides are gluten-free, as are their salads.
Gluten-Free Barbecue in Charleston, SC
Where do you like to eat BBQ? Share your experiences with any of these restaurants or others below!