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Bluffton BBQ. Where Pigs Fly & the Mayor Pro Tem is Pit Master

by Mary Chong
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I’ve never seen pigs actually fly but at Bluffton BBQ in South Carolina they seem to — and fly they do…right out of the smoker and into your waiting belly!

Located in downtown Bluffton on State of Mind Street in South Carolina the evening we visited the area was quiet and perfect for an evening stroll.

You can spot Bluffton BBQ right away by the bold sign on the wall and their cosy patio. The place is casual and quaint with self-serve water and iced tea. Decorated like a shrine to pigs we enjoyed just looking around at all the details in the room while we waited for our food.

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This place has personality. Visit the website and you’ll hear blues music playing on the page, cute slogans like “girls in bikinis eat free; their boyfriends pay double”, more pigs and a welcome page that states “Don’t be scared, you are paying for the barbecue, not the service… mediocrity is not on our menu.”

I spy with my little eyes barbecue awards and Tyler Florence

Seeing a large photo and autograph by a celebrity chef on the wall, trophies and ribbons a plenty on the mantle, and paper towels on the table is a good indicator that the potential for real saucy eats is soon to arrive.

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Bluffton BBQ – Smokey, saucy and satisfying

Portion size was right on for us, and we ate it all. What was nice was when the pit master himself came by to see how we were doing. A friendly man, we spoke for a while, and he presented me with his business card which stated that he was the “Mayor Pro Tempore” – Latin meaning ”Temporary Mayor” – at the time we visited the official Mayor was a woman. I’m not sure how old the card is…but again, it doesn’t matter – this is a food review after all!

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For dinner, hubby and I shared the “Fat Bastard Plate” $25 US
– Half pound of pulled pork, three ribs and half-chicken with two sides (our choices were coleslaw and sweet potato casserole). It wasn’t overly smokey; the meat was moist and flavourful.

The barbecue wasn’t extraordinary, but it was delicious. It’s the friendliness, small-town charm of the restaurant and meeting the pit master that make the trip worth the visit!

Next time you are in Bluffton, South Carolina drop in for some friendly conversation with “The Mayor Pro Tempore of Bluffton” and have some barbecue – you won’t be disappointed.

Bluffton BBQ
11 State Of Mind St, Bluffton, SC 29910
Open Wednesday to Saturday only.



Check out the TripAdvisor page to read more reviews of this restaurant.

Read more about Bluffton in our article:
Bluffton South Carolina – A “Charming” Photo Essay
Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Head, South Carolina – a Review

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