Elevated Barbecue at Smoke on Upper King


Barbecue joints usually bring to mind a pretty relaxed atmosphere, nothing too fancy. Some of the best barbecue restaurants are in remote towns around Charleston and are well known for their great tasting food, but not necessarily their ambiance.

Meet Smoke on Upper King Street. Here you get both: terrific atmosphere combined with outstanding barbecue. Co-owners Roland and Michael Feldman saw a need for a barbecue restaurant on Upper King Street so they stepped up to the plate, so to speak.

The rock n’ roll atmosphere of Smoke BBQ speaks to the edgy, yet up-scale reputation of the other Upper King restaurants that surround Smoke. A plate of barbecue isn’t exactly fancy, so the Feldman brothers didn’t strive to make Smoke something that it wasn’t. Instead, they kept the look casual with a trendy vibe.

Roland, the chef at Smoke, has a degree from Johnson & Wales in Colorado and has worked with James Beard Award-winning Chef Jennifer Jasinski in Denver and Peninsula Grill Chef Graham Dailey. To develop Smoke’s own unique barbecue brand, Roland created a typical smoke shack taste, with extra attention to detail, such as pickling the jalapenos with a special blend of spices and making his own sauerkraut for pastrami sandwiches.

Michael, who runs the front of the house, has experience as a manager at Hyman’s Seafood and operating the Andolini’s franchise.

Smoke has been incredibly popular since opening almost one year ago. The team there has truly taken barbecue to the next level and the elevated experience is one you don’t want to miss. For more information, find Smoke BBQ on Facebook or call 843-805-5050.