About Us

BBQ Classics With a Unique Twist

BBQ Classics With a
Unique Twist

Palmetto Pig BBQ has been serving BBQ for over 15 years and is conveniently located downtown on Devine Street – just moments from William’s Brice Stadium, The Colonial Center, Carolina Stadium, the Koger Center, and the University of South Carolina’s historic “Horseshoe” campus. We offer all the southern classics you grew up loving, buffet style, with our own unique twist.

BBQ Classics

Our Story

In 1973, Gene Antley’s father and his two brother-in-laws bought out Earl Dukes of Duke’s BBQ in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Dukes BBQ grew so big and so fast, and it was working here that Gene was able to learn the ins and outs of the BBQ business. The line at Duke’s BBQ was always so long that people were being turned away regularly…So in 1998, Gene and his three brothers, Allen, Jerry, and Ricky, opened Antley’s BBQ on the other side of town in Orangeburg.

Gene was a running back for the South Carolina Gamecocks in the early 1970s, and he stayed in touch with many of his teammates. Back in his football-playing days, he used to take his football buddies to Orangeburg to eat at Duke’s. They loved the food so much that they all kept saying, “Gene, you needed to open a BBQ restaurant in Columbia!” …And that’s how Palmetto Pig BBQ came to be. 

Gene Antley

In 2002, Gene leased and eventually bought the building where the restaurant still operates today. Everything cooked at Palmetto Pig BBQ is made from scratch – homemade – using the exact same recipes that are used at Antley’s and Duke’s BBQ. Gene’s business partner, Becky Headden, helped with the restaurant for many years and now lives in Colorado. She visits as often as she can! Gene loves meeting new people and welcoming people in to enjoy the delicous food.

What people are saying...

“Some of the best barbecue in town! Very friendly staff and great service!”
- David goza
“After tailgates or catering for our tailgates. My crew and I absolutely LOVE this place best BBQ around! Their sweet tea is on point too!”
- Joy Breen
“One of the best BBQ restaurants in Columbia. They have a buffet style approach to dinning in with highlights being the pulled pork fried chicken and hush puppies. Absolutely recommend to any BBQ lover.”
- Andy Kara
“Awesome no frills place for southern comfort food. Buffet with free iced tea. Banana pudding was SO good!”
- Marissa Pastic
“Great food and price. Love the banana pudding.”
- Jason montgomery
“The food is on point! Enjoy the BBQ selected favorites! The green beans are to die for... The fried chicken is by far the best in Columbia! We will be back for plenty of seconds! All Smiles!”
- Murray riley, Jr.
“Delicious pork BBQ and fried chicken! We discovered it last year and have gone back there several times! We took vendors from out of town there and they enjoyed it as well. Every item is tasty.”
- Lauren francisco
“If you're within a hundred miles of Columbia you should come here for serious BBQ and home style fix'ins......and their hush-puppies are to die for - I can never just get a few!”
- john moore
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