Food & dining

A stop at Swig & Swine was mighty fine

The Swig & Swine is a bourbon and barbecue joint on the Savannah Highway.
The Swig & Swine is a bourbon and barbecue joint on the Savannah Highway.

En route to the Charleston Tea Plantation, we had to stop in at Swig & Swine, a bourbon and barbecue joint on the Savannah Highway, if for no other reason than its name. As we pulled into the parking lot, a huge pig logo painted on the wall greeted us with the words: “Horrifying Vegetarians since 2013.”

So far, this seemed like our kind of place.

Appetizers included pork rinds & pimento cheese ($7), but we skipped to the main barbecue plates. I went for the pulled pork, half a pound for $12 including two sides. I chose the best corn pudding known to mankind, and decent collard greens served in paper containers on a metal tray. The shredded pork was simply dolloped into a mound on the paper covering the tray.


The barbecue was smoky and flavorful and moist and the sauce – actually, five of them – came in squirt bottles, including jalepeno, South Carolina mustard, and Alabama white. I took home enough food for another meal. My husband’s beef brisket ($17) was equally wonderful.

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On the Swig side of the menu, there were several bourbons and “Moonshine,” where for $10 you chose any three swigs from among apple, peach, white lightning, caramel, blackberry, or strawberry.

Too bad we had no room for the banana pudding or bourbon chocolate pecan pie. Next time, it’ll go great with the Moonshine.


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