I promised a review of Henry's Smokehouse after several Chowhounders recommended it for barbecue near Clemson, so here goes!
First, the place was a little harder to find than I thought it would be! I-385 going into town had some construction going on, and of course Mapquest didn't list that on the map I printed. But after a few turns and some luck I was able to find it.
The restaurant itself is smaller than I thought it would be. Even though it is in one of the busy parts of town, it is no bigger than some of the NC barbecue joints I've visited. The woodpile wasn't very impressive, I assumed it would be bigger. Maybe I couldn't see all of it?
This was the first SC barbecue I've experienced. It did have a smokey flavor. The barbecue seemed to be more "pulled" than "chopped" as I'm acustomed, with plenty of browns as part of it. The sauce was ketchup-based, but not sweet like Lexington-style. The barbecue itself tasted slightly bitter. I went for the mild sauce. Slaw wasn't as finely chopped as in NC either. Actually I ate at the Dinosaur Barbecue in Syracuse, NY in October and went for their "carolina-style barbecue." I thought it tasted nothing like NC barbecue and was disappointed. Little did I know it was SC-style barbecue, but it was not nearly as good as Henry's Smokehouse.
I thought Henry's was good. I wouldn't take it over good Eastern NC style wholehog barbecue, but I would definately stop again.
The hushpuppies were good too. Didn't care for the sweet tea.
While in Clemson I ate at Skin's hotdogs. I didn't find anything spectacular about my hotdog, although I realize this isn't the original.
Thanks fellow Chowhounders for the recommendation for Henry's Smokehouse!
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