Hite’s Bar-B-Que

Worth driving from anywhere!

Behold the rib cut. Not for the pantywaist, it is a great mass of protein taken from the midsection of a smoke-cooked hog. Crackly skin clings to the top of a thick stripe of belly, which is barely attached to a quartet of ribs, the whole huge meat monument set aglow by a film of tart mustard sauce. Rib cuts are unique, and they are the pride of the pit at Hite’s Bar-B-Que.

Of course, skin, ribs, and chopped pork are independently available, and that may be how you have to get them if you arrive late. Connoisseurs frequently buy all the rib cuts early. That’s OK. Each element, separately, is delicious. Skins could almost be a meal themselves, they are that meaty. Crunch into one and pork flavor fairly explodes across your tongue. The chopped meat is presented as a motley pile: some soft pieces that are off-white and double-bite size; some golden shreds, some mahogany-colored crunchy bits, dark chewy bits – all of them quietly singing that subtle duet of swine and smoke together. Spare ribs are as good as anywhere, the bones clad in meat that offers just the right resistance to healthy teeth, oozing porcine goodness with every chew.

Other than sections of hog and smoke-cooked chicken, Hite’s dining menu includes cole slaw and hash on rice. That is all. I am not counting the butcher case in the front room that holds a cornucopia of ready-to-cook pork in season (November through Easter): chops and loin roasts and bacon, and also sausage and mush and liver pudding and souse, not to mention tails, feet, and neck bones, plus lard at $5 per gallon. All these are for taking home, not eating on premises. In fact, there is no place to eat on premises unless you count a few al fresco tables at the other side of the parking lot by a tranquil pond. Everything Hite’s serves is take-out, and most is sold by the pound. Sandwiches and plates are available for dining outdoors or off dashboards.

Hite’s is now a third-generation operation, and it remains true to central South Carolina barbecue tradition in every way – not just in its focused menu, its pit, and its devotion to whole hogs, but also in its limited hours of operation: Friday and Saturday only, from 8am to 7pm.

What to Eat
Hite’s Bar-B-Que, BBQ Chicken
BBQ Chicken
Whole chicken hums with Hite's tangy mustard sauce.
Hite’s Bar-B-Que, Chopped Meat Dinner
Chopped Meat Dinner
South Carolina hash on rice isn't pretty, but tastes great.
Hite’s Bar-B-Que, Spare Ribs
Spare Ribs
Bubba uses a cleaver to separate spare ribs hot from the pit.
Hite’s Bar-B-Que, Rib Cut
Rib Cut
The rib cut includes crunchy-fatty skin tender ribbons of meat & hefty ribs.
Hite’s Bar-B-Que, Skins
Sinful skins: huge-flavored strips of wickedly crisp pork
Directions and Hours
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 227 MILES | 4 hr 13 min

Hash (on rice) is the star side-dish at barbecue parlors throughout South Carolina. A byproduct of whole-hog cookery, but frequently also made with beef, it can vary from soup-loose to stew-chunky. It delivers intense barbecue flavor, but beyond that dreamy duet of meat and smoke, it can vary from relish-sweet to savagely peppery. True Barbecue

10 stops | 286 MILES | 5 hr 42 min

South Carolina is a magnificent barbecue state with diverse regional styles. Heading north by northwest from the coast, you'll eat red-sauced, mustard-sauced, and minimally-sauced pork, with hash on rice being a common denominator among nearly all of the state's great whole-hog parlors. Restaurants in the southeast tend to have normal 6-day-a-week hours, but many of…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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