True BBQ was established in 2010 by Ernest and Milton Zanders of West Columbia, SC.

​​The restaurant first opened to be able to serve lunch and dinner on Thursday - Saturday. Because of customer feedback and popularity, True BBQ changed hours and opened Wednesday - Saturday to service their customers.  
This vision was birthed from 2 brothers who, one who is the chef extraordinaire, Ernest Zanders and Karen Mikell who sold bbq as a peddler across Columbia from their car. Combining Ernest's skills and vision with his brother Milton, who has extensive management experience -- TRUE BBQ was born.

​​They have worked with customers from Jim Hudson, Wentworth Printing, Cherokee Truckers, Clark's Auto, USC, Benedict, area schools, Amazon and more.

As a family owned restaurant, True BBQ is dedicated to making sure their services exceed expectations. Call on True BBQ for lunch, dinner and for catering events.
Mission statement: Great product, great service, great attitude and a clean place!

​​We look forward to seeing you at 1237 D Avenue in West Columbia, SC.

The restaurant has been featured in several media outlets and featured on WLTX and WACH Fox in Columbia, SC.​​  

Ernest Zanders and nieces recently provided bbq to Mr. Clyburn and Mr. Scalise pictured with (Hakeem Jeffries) during 2020 in Washington, DC.​​

Most recently, Ms. Braxton of Braxton Family Values visited the restaurant.​​