Moe's Original Bar B Que brings taste of Alabama to Myrtle Beach SC area barbecue scene

There’s a new smoker in town, and this one bucks the Carolinas in a way sure to please your palate.

Moe’s Original Bar B Que in Pawleys Island SC offers fresh smoked pork and other meats daily served up Alabama style, and the folks of the Myrtle Beach SC area are taking notice.

Husband and wife owners Alex and Meg Lonon always wanted to open a restaurant at the beach, so the pair – one a graduate of Alabama and the other Tennessee – constructed Moe’s.

They serve a hearty pulled pork, chicken (barbecued and fried, on occasion), wings so tender they fall off the bone, turkey, ribs and much more along the entrée side. The freshly prepared food is juicy, hot and delivered right to your table, is available for pickup or can even be ordered for home or work for a small fee.

Don’t be late, however, as the menu warns you that when it’s gone, you’re out of luck.

Although some might think Roll Tide has no place among the world of Carolina barbecue, the restaurant has received positive reviews from customers in its first couple of months.

“We have a few who say you’re in South Carolina so you should serve South Carolina barbecue,” Meg Lonon said. “Overall we’ve had very positive comments. Alabama is a great mix of cultures.”

The most popular dish at the restaurant thus far is the pulled pork. Moe’s Original Bar B Que offers a traditional sauce, but an Alabama sauce made with mayonnaise, cider vinegar and some other secret ingredients is available and delicious. Meg Lonon said the unique sauce is mostly served with chicken wings and on sandwiches, which also can change daily.

For example, a Thursday feast to give thanks for is the smoked turkey sandwich. The behemoth, on a grilled bun, has the sauce, cranberry sauce and marinated cole slaw.

Although the meats are the centerpiece, the sides can steal the show. Homemade favorites like collard greens cooked with ham, red beans and rice with a spicy kick and some added meat, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, potato salad, sweet potato casserole and many more are worth the drive from Alabama itself, much less the short jaunt down U.S. 17 from Myrtle Beach SC.

Then there’s the cornbread. The sweet and savory masterpiece has a touch of sugar and jalapeno, and then is grilled in butter to a perfect constitution, melting in your mouth as a perfect complement to any meal … or just enjoyed on its own.

You can find the sides posted daily on Moe’s Original Bar B Que’s Facebook page by clicking here.

As tradition in the South, banana pudding is always offered as a dessert, but other offerings depend on the Lonon’s mood.

“We make coconut cream, peanut butter, Mississippi Mud and even pumpkin pie at this time of year,” Meg Lonon said. “It’s basically whatever we feel like cooking every morning.”

Sounds just like home, doesn’t it? That’s the atmosphere laid out for you in true southern hospitality fashion at the little eatery just off the roadway. You can enjoy your food inside, on the screened-in porch or out by the fire pit and cornhole game.

There are plenty of TVs if you want to catch your favorite sporting event, and a full-service bar – with a nice wine selection – is sure to please any looking for an adult beverage with their barbecue.

Moe’s Original Bar B Que opened the week before Labor Day weekend and Lonon said traffic has been steady despite missing the busy summer tourist season.

“We feel very blessed … it’s been pretty steady 7 days a week,” she said. “It’s just like the beach. It picks up on weekends and we’ve done a lot of catering already.”

Moe’s Original Bar B Que is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.