Owner and pitmaster Mike Dial's personal story is one that's becoming more common in the barbecue business. Historically, barbecue houses established during the depression or just after WWII were handed down through families, from generation to generation. But today, with the advent of national barbecue contests or the urging of friends and family, some amateur grill masters have converted their passion into a business.
That is the case for Dial. After retiring from the US Navy, he worked for a company that entertained during the Winston Cup Races. Dial was in charge of the barbecue for the events. "Folks started telling me how good my barbecue was and said I should start my own place," Dial says. So he did, partnering in 2005 with his brother Robert Dial and Mike Melton (no relation to the famous NC Melton barbecue family) to start 521 BBQ & Grill. The rest is history!
NEW LANCASTER LOCATION
521 BBQ is growing and a new Lancaster, SC location opened in August 2017!
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OUR RIBS AREN'T
A SECRET ANYMORE
THE 521 SPECIALTY
Baby back pork ribs are hand-rubbed with 521 signature spices, smoked, then brushed with our famous 521 BBQ sauce and grilled to caramelize and seal in the taste.
TASTED OUR 521 SIGNATURE BBQ?
Our BBQ is made from choice Boston butts, hand-rubbed with signature 521 BBQ seasoning and then hickory smoked for 14 hours.