City of Charleston declares May as Bessinger’s Barbeque Month

For Immediate Release: May 17, 2017                                                   
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City of Charleston declares May as Bessinger’s Barbeque Month

Charleston, S.C. – Bessinger’s Barbeque, a popular third generation Charleston-based restaurant serving Southern-style barbeque, is being recognized this month by the City of Charleston for its tasty food and long-standing history in the community. In conjunction with National Barbeque Month, Charleston Mayor John J. Tecklenburg has proclaimed May as Bessinger’s Barbeque Month.

“I wish to thank Bessinger’s Barbeque for their family-like service, their authentic presence in the West Ashley community, and their delicious barbeque and encourage citizens to enjoy some local barbeque this month,” said Mayor Tecklenburg.

Bessinger’s Barbeque, located on Savannah Highway in West Ashley, is one of the oldest barbeque joints in Charleston.  It was opened in 1960 by Thomas Bessinger, Sr., and is now owned and operated by his two sons, Tommy, Jr, and Michael, who continue to make customers feel at home in a warm, friendly, and relaxed atmosphere. Often called the first family of barbeque in South Carolina, the Bessingers are widely known for their legendary mustard-based barbeque sauce, which has been a classic since the 1930s.

Owner Michael Bessinger commented, “It is an honor to be recognized by the City of Charleston. We think of our community as a family, and we enjoy being able to provide a spot where families and friends can gather for good company and legendary barbeque.”

National Barbeque Month is celebrated in May of each year in order to observe and celebrate the wonders of the barbeque and the many ways to cook and eat barbeque style.

Having recently celebrated its 75th year, Bessinger’s Barbeque continues its tradition of serving Southern-style barbeque, sandwiches and sides made with the highest quality ingredients at their original Charleston establishment on Savannah Highway. For more information, visit

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michael besieger bbq Under the rules of Rotary International, a member who misses a meeting is obliged to attend another Rotary group’s get-together. And around Charleston, there is no make-up meeting more popular than the Thursday lunch gathering of the St. Andrews Rotary Club, which meets at Bessinger’s Barbecue.

The truant Rotarians come, admittedly and unapologetically, for the buffet, which is otherwise open only on the weekends. Hotel pans, running more than a dozen across and sometimes as many as three deep, contain a crash course in old-timey Southern cookery: smothered chicken, fried chicken, collard greens, mac-and-cheese, fried catfish, squash casserole, hash and rice vie for plate space in advance of the ribs and pulled pork. “Our recipes are generations old,” owner Michael Bessinger says. “It’s not something we Google.”

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2013 Bessingers Barbecue TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Bessinger’s Barbecue in Charleston Wins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

The world’s largest travel site,, has awarded Bessinger’s Barbecue with the 2013 certificate of excellence!

This honor celebrates businesses in the hospitality industry, and is only awarded to those establishments that consistently receive exemplary reviews by travelers on
“We are really proud of this award, and thank all of the loyal customers who took the time to review Bessinger’s BBQ on TripAdvisor.”, said Michael Bessinger, who is owner and operator along with his brother Tommy Bessinger. indicates: “To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.”

Come see us, and find out why so many people review Bessinger’s Barbecue as The Best BBQ in Charleston!