Nobody knows for sure when things began. The place seemed to grow out of the woods over night. Local legend says that a mysterious stranger appeared from the railroad tracks one full moon night with a pig and built a cook-shed. The rest is history. The Southern Belly BBQ has since become a local favorite, known for gut-busting creative barbecue sandwiches and sauces, ice cold locally brewed beers and beautiful friendly staff. A popular hangout for University of South Carolina staff and students and the downtown Columbia foodie scene, all are invited to come in…we have some flax golden pig tails to spin.
819 Harden Street, Columbia, SC 29205 | 803.764.3512
In 2015 Southern Belly opened a second location in Five points, Columbia South Carolina’s Historic college entertainment district. Same menu, same friendly staff, but just a walk down the hill from the University of South Carolina campus and in the center of the college food and drink scene.
Monday-Sunday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
1410 Colonial Life Blvd, Columbia, SC 29210 | 803.888.7367
In 2016 Southern Belly opened a third location at the Colonial Village on Colonial Life Boulevard and boasts parking for 100 vehicles. Just a few miles from downtown Columbia and less than a minute off of I-26, this location is super convenient for anyone visiting the Riverbanks Zoo or looking for convenient parking just outside the city. Also located next to one of the states largest employers Colonial Life, it’s quickly becoming a bustling lunch spot for Columbia’s working professionals and a favorite after church hangout for NewSpring church members each Sunday.
Monday-Sunday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
We take pride in creating high quality, slow roasted, smoked barbecue. Legendary barbecue-men swear by slow oak smoke roasting and “going the whole hog”. We’ve learned from the best. Our process from start to finish emphasizes quality, freshness, tenderness, texture, and the perfect balance of flavors, guaranteeing our customers with competition-ready barbecue.
The Southern Belly makes all of its sauces from scratch and we are always inventing new flavors to compliment our sandwiches. Whether you like traditional tomato, mustard, or vinegar based flavors, or looking for something new, we have it all and then some. Barbecue-ness at its best, throwing 7 different kinds of smoke.
Inspired by Alabama white barbecue recipes, sweet, creamy, rich, fruity and delicious
Inspired by Carolina sweet mustard recipes, smokin’ liquid gold
Inspired by Kansas City and St Louis sweet & tangy recipes, smokin‘ brown sugar, tomato and molasses blend
An Asian infused funky remoulade, creamy, sweet, and flavorful
Inspired by South American and Afro-Caribbean recipes, spicy, tangy, tomato and vinegar blend
A tango of Hot & Spicy smokin’ tomatoes
High in Midichlorians. You don’t know the power of the “dark side” sauce
Order the seven sauce sampler for you BBQ dipping pleasure
“BEST BBQ I’VE HAD”-BeastModeTraveller | TripAdvisor
“LIFE CHANGING”-Morgan C. | Yelp
“A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH…GREAT LOCAL FAVORITE!!!”-deedeekaysc | TripAdvisor
“AMAZING BBQ AND ATMOSPHERE, A TRUE HIDDEN TREASURE“-tcrews13 | TripAdvisor
“SOUTHERN BELLY = HAPPY BELLY”-ashley520 | TripAdvisor
“FUNKY AND FUN”-Kristy G. | TripAdvisor
As I’ve been driving around the South sampling barbecue, I regularly alternate between half-century-old joints and brand new, upscale smokehouses. Experienced back-to-back, the contrasts between the older and newer modes of barbecue can be striking. The classic places hew closely to the preferred meats of their region—pork...