Born and reared in the Piedmont of NC, I grew up with heavily smoked pork slightly touched with a sweet red sauce. So SC que is real different for me. I've been taste-testing here in the Midlands of SC for awhile and thought I'd share some opinions. Please add your thoughts...
There are a few good woodburners in the Columbia area (I mean besides Piggy Park which I don't care for) and two spots right in town that have decent roast pork (no smoke) if you're really jonesing for pig.
Little Pigs on Alpine Road has the real thing. Nice buffet. Pay, go down the line, but walk past the pulled pork. Turn around 180 degrees and find the pickin' station. That's where the extra good meat is. Sides are great. Probably my favorite Columbia BBQ spot so far.
The Boar's Nest outside of Irmo is new. Great buffet setup. Smoked pulled pork with a nice flavor. Good sides. 'Pups are good, plus they include a brownie on the line. Definitely a must-try. Mmm.
Hudson's Smokehouse on Highway 378 between Columbia and Lexington has real smoked barbeque. Pretty good, but NO HUSHPUPPIES! No buffet - no inside dining for that matter. But I'll stop there again whenever I'm in the neighborhood.
Pseudo-Que: (Electric or gas)
Palmetto Pig off Huger Street has a reasonable buffet and pretty good food. Their hash is very tomato-ee, which I don't care for.
Bo Pigs is across the river on Knox Abbott Drive. Similar to above except I like their hash and sides better. Try their fish stew or any of their soups.