Barbecue Joint Opens in Aiken
A new barbecue joint that has been in the works for the last few months opened this week in Aiken.
Pot Smoker BBQ, which first opened in North Augusta, will now have two Augusta-area locations. A third opened in Columbia, SC, last spring.
Bobby Boggs, founder of Pot Smoker BBQ, said the restaurant has drawn heavy traffic in its opening week, as the restaurant has eased into business with limited hours.
The restaurant is located at 651 Silver Bluff Rd, the location of the former Buckwheat’s Bar-B-Que. Philip Pye, the franchisee who opened the Pot Smoker location in Columbia, finalized a deal to lease the building from former Buckwheat’s owner Dewayne Jones.
“What makes us different from every other barbecue restaurant in this entire region is that we take our time to smoke the meat properly,” Pye said in a video published by the Aiken Standard on Thursday. “We do not cut corners, we do not refrigerate our meats…straight from the smoker, straight to the consumer.”
Pye followed his father into the restaurant business and has done everything from managing multiple Firehouse Subs franchises to launching his own tapas concept in Columbia. In an interview in January, Pye said he came to the Pot Smoker with his father and tasted the barbecue that Boggs had been cooking up ever since he and his family starting selling it out of a mobile unit in 2013.
Boggs said the restaurant will be a mirror of his restaurant in North Augusta.
Pot Smoker BBQ is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.