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Bessinger’s Barbeque featured in People Country magazine

Charleston Regional Business Journal

Bessinger’s Barbeque restaurant in Charleston is featured in a special country-themed issue of People magazine set to hit newsstands Friday.

Bessinger’s is the magazine’s “Barbecue of the Month” pick. An article on the restaurant, located on Savannah Highway, highlights its “sweet, tangy” mustard-based sauce and, as a side note, its onion rings that resemble doughnuts.

“Honing recipes brought over by 18th-century German settlers, the Bessingers have been in the biz since 1946, when ‘Big Joe’ Bessinger opened a restaurant,” the article says. “Today his son Thomas Bessinger and his boys Tommy, 47, and Michael, 32, run the carousel wood-burning pit that slow cooks pork, chicken and ribs slathered in the family’s secret sauce.”

In the article, the restaurant shares a recipe for a basic version of its sauce. But the Bessingers admit they had to leave out some of the ingredients to defend the secret family formula.

The March issue of People Country is the first of five country-focused issues to be published this year. The newsstand-only issues feature a look into the lives of country music stars and the country lifestyle.

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