12 Bones Smokehouse – Asheville, NC – Brad Nevin

12 Bones Smokehouse – Asheville, NC

This was the first Q stop of our President’s Day weekend trip as we geared up to see Assembly of Dust at Stella Blue that night. Last time in Asheville, a fellow Realtor recommended a ‘rib joint down in the hood by the river’ and that’s all we had to go on. Fortunately, we knew there would be no problem finding the place as we got down in to the industrial part of town where a BBQ joint just loves to hide. After taking a promising road for a few miles, we turned around and backtracked for a bit…we knew we had to take action and find this place soon. So what’s the best way to find a BBQ joint?…roll down the windows and start sniffing! Our QPS did not let us down and as we turned a corner, there it was…12 Bones Smokehouse in all its glory. Wouldn’t you know it, there was a line of people out the door to the parking lot, and that’s ALWAYS the sign of a winner.

This place is really cool and has a diverse menu to say the least. On the way in we befriended a nice couple who love to travel and try new BBQ, just like us. So we all chatted as we approached the counter and had to finally make a decision…they have blueberry chipotle marinated ribs for goodness sakes, so it was a little tough to narrow the choices. I went with the pulled pork plate with collard greens and mashed sweet potatoes, while my partner in crime went with a full slab of ribs with collards and baked beans. The inside has tons of seating and a sauce station with sweet, mustard, vinegar and jalapeno BBQ sauces…damn right!

We opted to sit outside under the tin A-frame at one of the many picnic tables with attached napkin dispensers…nice touch guys. The pork was killer…big hunks of it with nice bark on the ends. My veggies were good too, and the collards had a little something extra to bind them and provide more of a casserole texture. I sampled a few ribs too, and I am torn I must say. While the marinade is really good, sweet and spicy, they might have been just a tad over cooked…the bark was very hard in certain bites. Don’t get me wrong though, I nailed 5 or 6 of them and cleaned my plate. We enjoyed a good local pale ale with our meals and snapped some pics for the blog. 12 Bones is in a great spot and has that old school feel that makes the BBQ experience all the more enjoyable. I dig it and would definitely make a return visit!

5 Riverside Dr
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 253-4499


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3 Responses to “12 Bones Smokehouse – Asheville, NC – Brad Nevin”

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  2. on 04 Mar 2009 at 7:54 pm Evan

    i went here about a month ago. my brother in law used to live in asheville and he told me this was were to go for Q. i had the pulled pork and i thought it was pretty solid as well.

    the damn good corn pudding (there words not mine) was really good as well and so was the mac and cheese.

    go if you are in the area. sort of a hip/cool bbq spot.

    btw> i had a hard time finding it as well, its down by the river (not i a van) in the art district.

    i give it a 7 out of 10

    bye now. evan

  3. […] a few pimento cheese.  Overall, it was not (and I did not expect it to be) on par with the Moes, 12 Bones, or the Fox Brothers of the world…but it was one of the most enjoyable BBQ sandwiches I have had […]

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