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521 B-B-Q & Grill

7580 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, SC - (803) 548-7675
One word: Marcia. Call ahead to see if she’s cooking, because she makes possibly the best tasting hushpuppies we’ve eaten anywhere in the country—crunchy, gnarled, brown beauties. 521’s BBQ is top-shelf pig, and their housemade spicy vinegar sauce can be ranked with Carolina giants Stamey’s, Lexington #1, and Bill Spoon’s. And remember: no one cooks hushpuppies like Marcia.
87% Approval Rating (16 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Hushpuppies
Chopped BBQ Tray
Barbecue Plate
Rib Plate
Chopped BBQ Sandwich
Fried Bologna Sandwich

Highlighted Reviews

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Chris & Amy Ayers - Photos (4)
Roadfood.com Editor
"If it wasn’t for our Roadfood friend Amy Howington, we might never have stopped at 521 BBQ & Grill. All we needed to hear was, “They make their own vinegar sauce,” and we were on our way. Tucked in a small strip south of Indian Land High School on Highway 521 (toward ..."   [Read More]
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Michael Stern - Photos (6)
Roadfood.com Editor
"An inconspicuous storefront in a commercial strip by the side of the two-lane, 521 B-B-Q & Grill is a conspicuously worthy barbecue destination. Not that there's anything wrong with the menu's extra-thick fried bologna sandwich, but it would be a crime to come here and ..."   [Read More]
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Tom Lewis - Photos (2)
November 02, 2011
"I was skeptical as I pulled into the parking lot at the 521 B-B-Q & Grill. As a seasoned BBQ cook and lover, the joint just looked out of place among the neat shops, and it's located at the corner of a strip mall. As I exited my vehicle the smells of BBQ and smoke ..."   [Read More]
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Susi Godfrey
January 25, 2010
"We luckily moved within five minutes of 521 BBQ and discovered it by accident. Its unassuming exterior was surrounded by cars and that was good enough for us to try the first time. We've not found anything as good or better since. I'm hooked on the BBQ which I as ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

7580 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land, SC
(803) 548-7675

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
There are no words to describe how tender these ribs are, nor how flavorful. When the meat slides off the bone, you practically can hear the piggy juices ooze inside the caramelized-sauce coat that encloses the meat.
"There are no words to describe how tender these ribs are, nor how flavorful. When the meat slides off the bone, you practically can hear the piggy juices ooze inside the caramelized-sauce coat that encloses the meat."
Michael Stern





A plate gets you one more item than a tray, in this case the baked beans at the upper left (plus a cup of slaw). They are wonderful beans, their sweetness tempered by the tang of barbecue sauce.
"A plate gets you one more item than a tray, in this case the baked beans at the upper left (plus a cup of slaw). They are wonderful beans, their sweetness tempered by the tang of barbecue sauce."
Michael Stern


The chopped tray: lean BBQ, crinkle-cut fries, and 521's unparalleled hushpuppies.
"The chopped tray: lean BBQ, crinkle-cut fries, and 521's unparalleled hushpuppies."
Chris & Amy Ayers


We would never suggest ordering a fried bologna sandwich in lieu of 521's superlative barbecue, but it's nice to know that it's available if needed. An application of house mustard sauce did wonders for the thick slab of oinky pork.
"We would never suggest ordering a fried bologna sandwich in lieu of 521's superlative barbecue, but it's nice to know that it's available if needed. An application of house mustard sauce did wonders for the thick slab of oinky pork."
Michael Stern


The pork you get on a plate of barbecue is very gentle-tempered and as subtly delicious as food can be. To spice it up, there is a thick sweet/tangy sauce and a thin pepper-vinegar sauce that is quite hot. This is a close view of the Q after an application of the hot stuff.
"The pork you get on a plate of barbecue is very gentle-tempered and as subtly delicious as food can be. To spice it up, there is a thick sweet/tangy sauce and a thin pepper-vinegar sauce that is quite hot. This is a close view of the Q after an application of the hot stuff."
Michael Stern


Tangy vinegar and red BBQ sauces.
"Tangy vinegar and red BBQ sauces."
Tom Lewis


A plate of rib goodness.
"A plate of rib goodness."
Tom Lewis


A BBQ tray doused with colorful pepper flecks from 521's house-made vinegar sauce.
"A BBQ tray doused with colorful pepper flecks from 521's house-made vinegar sauce."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Generous pork topped with tangy barbeque slaw on a soft, steamed bun.
"Generous pork topped with tangy barbeque slaw on a soft, steamed bun."
Chris & Amy Ayers


I knew I'd like this place the moment I entered: the lined-up tables with worn checked cloths, the roll of paper towels on every table and, best of all (but not shown here), a staff of extremely friendly, sassy and entertaining waitresses added up to perfect BBQ-eating ambience.
"I knew I'd like this place the moment I entered: the lined-up tables with worn checked cloths, the roll of paper towels on every table and, best of all (but not shown here), a staff of extremely friendly, sassy and entertaining waitresses added up to perfect BBQ-eating ambience."
Michael Stern


521's porcine mascot greets customers with his hoof-up approval.
"521's porcine mascot greets customers with his hoof-up approval."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Located in an unpreposessing strip mall, 521 isn't going to win any beauty contests. That's fine; you can't eat beauty, but you CAN eat some of the best barbecue anywhere when you step inside.
"Located in an unpreposessing strip mall, 521 isn't going to win any beauty contests. That's fine; you can't eat beauty, but you CAN eat some of the best barbecue anywhere when you step inside."
Michael Stern



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