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The Pot Smoker BBQ to open in The Vista

North Augusta-based The Pot Smoker BBQ will be opening a location in The Vista.
North Augusta-based The Pot Smoker BBQ will be opening a location in The Vista.

North Augusta-based The Pot Smoker BBQ will be opening its first franchise location in Columbia next to Flying Saucer at the corner of Senate and Park Streets in the Vista.

Owner Bobby Boggs and family opened The Pot Smoker in North Augusta in 2013 and moved to its current location at 341 Edgefield Rd. in 2014. While the name is an eye-catcher, it is actually derived from Boggs' original cooking method.

"When I started developing barbecue 14 years ago with a ceramic smoker, I would explain to friends that it was cooked in a ceramic smoker similar to a ceramic pot," Boggs explains on The Pot Smoker website. "So I guess you could call it 'pot-smoked' to which  I guess I am 'The Pot Smoker.'"

The Pot Smoker sells Boston Butt, St. Louis-style smoked ribs, smoked wings and smoked chicken in addition to Southern sides such as black-eyed peas, greens, hash and rice and mac and cheese. The restaurant is also known for its three bottled barbecue sauces--Brenda's Yummy (a sweet sauce developed by Boggs' sister), Kickin' Butts hot barbecue sauce and the Tantalizing Mustard sauce.

An open date for the Columbia location has not been announced yet.

For more information, visit www.thepotsmokerbbq.com.

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