Pit-Fired Since 1939
"Everything was great as usual! We enjoyed the ribs, chicken, hash & rice, beans, and banana pudding at our catered dinner. Thank you!"
- David T., Augusta, GA
At Maurice’s Piggie Park, our passion is to serve gourmet pit-cooked BBQ in our own authentic South Carolina style with exceptional quick service, in a friendly, family atmosphere.
Our barbequed meats are smoked naturally with local 100% hickory and oak wood in a one-of-a-kind barbecue pit that operates 24 hours a day. We take pride in being a second and third generation family-run business and one of the few remaining bbq joints to never use gas or electric heat to cook our barbeque. Every day, hundreds of pounds of meat are cooked for hours on our centrally located bbq pits for a consistent flavor and delivered daily to our convenient restaurant locations. We also give special attention to our Hamburgers, made every day with fresh ground, hand-pattied beef for a perfect cooked-to-order burger.
We take just as much care with our side dishes as we do with our meat. Hash is our most popular comfort food made with high quality ingredients and a secret family recipe; after one taste, you’ll be hooked! Cole Slaw and Potato Salad are homemade fresh each day with quality local produce. BBQ Baked Beans are slow cooked with our signature Southern Gold sauce and chunks of smoked meat. And don't miss your chance to taste the best Onion Rings around, fried fresh to order with local Adluh mill flour. Banana Pudding is one of our favorite recipes, perfect to top off a BBQ plate. After preparing all this, we still find time to squeeze hundreds of lemons a day for a popular choice of Fresh Squeezed Lemonade.
Our customers are the most important ingredient to our success and we consider them friends. We welcome each and every customer with true southern hospitality. Our desire is for every customer to leave with a full stomach and a smile on their face, as we holler “Y’all Come Back!”
Piggie Park offers a quality catering service, serving businesses, churches, parties and special occasions with 30 to 5,000 guests, with our everyday favorites, fancy finger foods or buffet dinner menu with spectacular service from our family. For many decades, we’ve believed in supporting local businesses and using quality local ingredients including South Carolina meats, produce from the local farmer’s market, and locally milled Adluh flour. We love our South Carolina roots and work hard to give back to the community by providing hundreds of jobs and supporting local high school sports and our much-appreciated military.
South Carolina fell in love with our unique pit-cooked BBQ in 1939, when Maurice's daddy, Joe Bessinger, opened his first restaurant in Holly Hill, SC. Joe's secret recipe for tangy mustard sauce was a hit with the locals. Word soon spread and a new tradition was born.
Maurice began cooking with his dad at the tender age of 9. When it came time to open his own restaurants Maurice took everything he'd learned from Joe, including the recipe for his secret sauce, and opened Maurice's Piggie Park in West Columbia, SC. After opening additional restaurants across the state he pioneered the concept of the "Pit-Stop" locations where customers could drive in for the great taste of slow pit-cooked pork.
Today Maurice's sons Lloyd and Paul, his daughter Debbie and his grandchildren carry on the family's BBQ heritage. They still pit-cook each pork ham for 24 hours over hickory wood coals using Joe's original secret sauce recipe. All the BBQ they serve is cooked at the original fire pits in West Columbia and delivered daily to their "Pit-Stops" across the state.
This new generation has one simple focus – to serve the best pit-cooked BBQ in South Carolina. Just like Joe did it back in 1939.