From the Discover South Carolina Official Vacation Guide by Lynn Seldon.
"Whether you spell it barbecue, barbeque, BBQ or simply Q, South Carolina offers more diversity when it comes to this tasty food than any other state in the nation. From various meats and sauces to delicious restaurants and award-winning pit masters, the Palmetto State is right on 'cue."
I can think of some folks north of South Carolina's border who might disagree with some, if not all of this statement.
Why, South Carolina even has its own group, called the South Carolina Barbeque Association.
Its history stretched back to Native Americans.