Sticky Fingers

17 locations (many more coming soon) across the Southeast — and the world

Two high school buddies quit their jobs and their meaningless existences as ski bums to move east and join a third friend in a Lowcountry barbecue venture that serves Memphis-style ribs, make it rich, and now threaten to take over the national scene? Yep, that’s Sticky Fingers all right. It’s been a wild ride for Todd Eischeid, Jeff Goldstein, and Chad Walldorf, creating and expanding their empire of tender pork and sauce. From its inception in 1992, the barbecue juggernaut has kept its eyes solidly fixed on controlling the barbecue chain landscape, and still does, beating out chain newcomer Jim N’ Nick’s and a host of other worthy local contenders to take first prize this year for their ribs.

Their website, which, in addition to providing an ever-ticking countdown clock for their next grand opening in the far-flung Sticky Fingers Empire, now responds to typing in — a URL that formerly housed a rather interesting collection of graphic pornography. Site use reportedly more than quadrupled after owner Jeff Goldstein posted a referring link with the text “Not the kind of pork you were looking for?”

Of course, being featured on several network TV shows, selling ribs on the Home Shopping Network, and having a line of sauces in over 2,000 grocery stores nationwide could also have slightly contributed to their name recognition. Regardless, the ribs are good and the future is bright for the little rib shack that could. May their smoke always blow south and their empire encompass the known world.

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