Food & Drink

MissionBBQ: Delicious barbeque, honorable mission

By Emily Smith

For The Sun News

Mission BBQ Brisket and N’Awlins Corn
Mission BBQ Brisket and N’Awlins Corn

Barbeque isn’t too hard to find in the South even along the coast, a fact that most carnivores celebrate. Mission BBQ in North Myrtle Beach has their own distinction on the meaty business that helps them not get lost between all the competitors.

The army truck in front of the restaurant not only indicates the restaurant’s theme but also acts as a great attention grabber. Walking through the doors really brings to life the dedication Mission BBQ has to the armed forces and service members of the nation. If guests are able to focus on anything besides the delectable smell, they’ll enjoy the multitude of pictures and memorabilia hanging on every wall.

Similar to the layouts of many barbeque joints, Mission BBQ has the menu separated by meats, so customers can select their preference and order a side or two. For those who prefer having some bread with their barbeque, sandwiches are available with the brisket, pulled pork, turkey, and chicken.

Ribs are on the menu as well, and can come by the bone, or in groups of five or ten. All the meats, even the salmon, can be made into a combo meal for $3-4 depending on if you want one side or two.

Baked beans, mac-n-cheese, and cold slaw are some of the sides offered, but guests should always ask what the seasonal side is. Currently, the N’awlins Corn is on the menu and makes for a wonderfully spicy side with Cajun seasoning and bits of bacon and onion mixed in, very much tasting like part of a Lowcountry boil.

For first-timers, the crew suggests ordering one of the meats that doesn’t come with a barbeque sauce already on it. The chopped brisket sandwich comes slathered in their Memphis Belle sauce, for instance, and not everyone may enjoy it that much. The restaurant has five others to try, like the Tupelo Honey Heat that is sweet and spicy all at once, or the Smoky Mountain that comes with tang and an amazing smoky flavor.

The meat itself is slow cooked daily and teeming with flavor, even without any sauce. The brisket has been oak smoked and is perfectly tender and juicy. Mission BBQ makes it easy to order the meat in bulk, and is even willing to cater parties that number in the thousands.

Not only does this growing chain have fantastic barbeque, they are dedicated to their mission of honoring America’s heroes. Each restaurant supports the local communities in different ways and the business as a whole offers donations to many national organizations. No doubt North Myrtle Beach is happy to have Mission BBQ, a business proud to serve those who serve.

If You Eat

What | Mission BBQ

Where | 1380 U.S. 17, North Myrtle Beach

Hours | 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon-Thu, 11a.m.-10p.m. Sat-Sun, 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sun

Information | mission-bbq.com, 843-510-0500

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