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Poogan’s Smokehouse is now open on East Bay Street downtown in the former Social Restaurant & Wine Bar.

Poogan’s Smokehouse

Proving that the culinary scene is still very much enthralled by all things casual, Poogan’s Hospitality Group this summer jettisoned Social Restaurant + Wine Bar to make room for a restaurant where the advertised specialty is pork and beans.

The “pork and beans” served at Poogan’s Smokehouse isn’t exactly traditional, though: Under chef Jeffrey Myers’ direction, it’s made with hickory-smoked pork belly, sorghum-glazed black-eyed peas, hot chiles, Dr Pepper and chocolate.

“The new Smokehouse allows the kitchen to play, with barbecue as the backbone,” managing partner Daniel Doyle was quoted as saying in a release announcing the restaurant’s opening.

Other dishes on the menu at Poogan’s Smokehouse include buffalo pork rinds, fried chicken, duck purloo and kale salad, as well as pulled pork, short rib, sausage and ribs from the smoker. Barbecue plate prices range from $14-$32. “Charleston needs an affordable take on Southern food on East Bay Street,” managing partner Brad Ball says.

Located at 188 East Bay St., Poogan’s Smokehouse is open daily for dinner from 5-10 p.m. Weekday lunch runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; service starts an hour earlier on Saturdays and Sundays. To learn more, call (843) 577-5665 or visit

Hanna Raskin