Charleston, SC Restaurant Reviews

Swig & Swine

January 16, 2015

One of my favorite new restaurants to open in West Ashley recently was definitely Swig & Swine. I love me some good pork and boy, does Swig & Swine have some good pork!

I mean, basically.

Also, your body weight in pulled pork seems to do the trick.

The first time I went with friends, we couldn’t decide what we wanted, so we ordered the Family Platter (Smoked Chicken Wings, Ribs, Smoked Turkey, Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket, Smoked Pork Belly, Homemade Sausage, w/ 3 sides, $38), since it had basically everything on the menu.

Seriously. Everything but the kitchen sink.

Seriously. Everything but the kitchen sink.

All of their meat is amazing. The ribs and the chicken wings are something else entirely, and the brisket is so flavorful. I’m not as crazy about the pork belly, but that’s more of a texture thing for me.

Talk about a successful before and after pic.

Talk about a successful before and after pic.

The pulled pork is smoky and yummy all on its own, but that’s unnecessary because Swig and Swine has 4 different sauces you can use, a sweet red, Carolina mustard, vinegar, Alabama white, and they’re all delicious. My favorite is the mustard and it might be one of the best mustard sauces I’ve ever had. Their sweet red is also great, and you’ll like the Alabama white if you like that white sauce at Japanese restaurants (which I do).

If you love BBQ sauce, this is the place to be. Photo via Swig & Swine's Website

If you love BBQ sauce, this is the place to be. Photo via Swig & Swine’s Website

For the sides, we chose Mac & Cheese (obviously), Beans w/ Brisket, and Pickled Vegetables. The mac and cheese is awesome, I highly recommend it if you like a classic shells-and-cheese-style macaroni.

Seriously good macaroni.

Seriously good macaroni.

The baked beans are tangy and meaty (from the brisket) and smoky, and just great all around.

Beans, beans, the magical fruit...

Beans, beans, the magical fruit…


The pickled vegetables are the perfect texture, not too soft, not too crisp and I love the taste of the vinegar they’re soaked in.

And what an array of veggies!

And what an array of veggies!

On a follow-up visit, we got the same family platter, which we split between 4 of us, so we managed to have some room leftover for dessert (Banana Pudding or Mini Pies, $5). I went with the chocolate pecan pie, which was served as a mini-pie-for-one with homemade whipped cream on top, which was nice and fluffy and just a touch sweet. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

It's so cute and miniature!

It’s so cute and miniature!

Lily got the banana pudding, which I’m normally not a fan of, but this was pretty darn good. It tasted like real bananas and not banana flavoring, and was nice and creamy and topped with something that had the consistency of meringue.

It tastes much better than it looks, I promise.

It tastes much better than it looks, I promise.

Ben May got a blueberry cream pie (I think that’s what it was), and it was thick and creamy with fresh blueberries on the bottom. We were all very quiet as we ate our desserts, which is very unlike us, so that’s how you know it was good.

This definitely had a different name than "blueberry cream pie" but I can't for the life of me think of what it was.

This definitely had a different name than “blueberry cream pie” but I can’t for the life of me think of what it was.

If you get a chance to go to Swig & Swine, you definitely should. Get the family platter and let me know what your favorite meat or side is!

This is exactly how a classy roadside BBQ joint should look.

This is exactly how a roadside BBQ joint should look. Photo via Swig & Swine’s Website

Swig & Swine
1217 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Swig & Swine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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  • Katie Perkinson January 16, 2015 at 10:52 am

    This restaurant has been the topic of convo this week. I really want to go!! It is always so crowded!! That mac n cheese and banana pudding has me sold.

    • Queen of the Food Age January 16, 2015 at 11:40 am

      You really should, I love it.
      They do an awesome family deal too that I think is for takeout if you didn’t want to deal with the crowds. It’s 2 quarts of sides, a gallon of tea or lemonade, and 1 pint of swig & swine sauce and you can choose from pulled pork, brisket, turkey, or 1/2 chicken for $32-$48 (depending on the meat), which I think is a great deal.

      If you do go eat in, I definitely recommend the family platter so you can try a little bit of everything! Let me know what you think when you finally try it 🙂

  • Anthony DiBernardo January 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you very much for your kind words, I take a lot of pride in our little BBQ Joint and Im glad you enjoyed it. Please introduce your self next time. But be warned, I work a lot of crazy hours and might not be there.

    • Queen of the Food Age January 26, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Absolutely! I love your little BBQ joint, and I tell everyone I know to go there. You keep cranking out great BBQ and I’ll keep saying good things about you. I’ll be sure to say Hi next time I come in!

  • Stonehenge Tiger January 19, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    This bbq is above anything I have experienced in SC, Tn, Tx, Ky, and NC. Ive eaten a lot of que in 70 years and this holds its own with the BEST. Moist, smoky, excellent sauces, and the brisket made me feel like I was in Austin all over again. Its not Salt Lick good, but close enough for SC. Yum.

    • Queen of the Food Age January 26, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      I’ve never been to Salt Lick; I’ll have to add it to my list!

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  • STEVE May 31, 2015 at 2:39 am

    I haven’t had a chance to get here yet. Pulled in the parking lot one night, but the place was packed and we had plans. I highly recommend Smoky Oak on James Island. I’ve been to just about all the other BBQ joints in Charleston (other than Swig & Swine, obvi), and that’s my favorite. I bring every visitor there. Go on a Friday and get the special. They have burned tips only on Fridays. Thank me later.

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      Smoky Oak is definitely on my list! I’ll be checking it out soon! You definitely need to make it by Swig & Swine. I’m addicted 🙂

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