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Bessinger’s weighs buffet’s fate, bourbon bar

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.”

[Read more…] by Hanna Raskin, Post & Courier, 12/16/15

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!