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12 Bones Smokehouse
Barbecue Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 4:00 pm


12 Bones Smokehouse

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It's time to fill out your bracket folks! Not just your March Madness bracket, your BBQ bracket! Garden & Gun magazine featured us as one of 32 amazing barbecue restaurants fighting for the Ultimate BBQ Championship. 

Round 1 ends this Friday so please vote for "12 Bones Smokehouse". Help us advance into Round 2!
32 Southern barbecue joints go head-to-head in our version of NCAA March Madness
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5 Riverside Dr Asheville, NC 28801
5 Riverside DriveUSNorth CarolinaAsheville28801
$$Barbecue RestaurantToday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 4:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 4:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 4:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 4:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 4:00 pmSaturday ClosedSunday Closed
Some of the menu items available: Smashed sweet potatoes, jalepeno cheese grits, collared greens, cheer wine and RIBS! 
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Lunch-only smokehouse serving sandwiches, platters & BBQ by the pound in a casual setting.- Google
"Corn pudding, collards, ribs with the blueberry chipotle sauce."
"Best Pulled Pork in Asheville!"
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Bruce Lafone
a month ago
This place is ALL hype, Asheville is such a hipster city and this place is a perfect example of it. True BBQ is all about simplicity: Good quality meat, a good rub, and a good smoke is all you need. Unfortunately some people screw it up with weird flavors like Blueberry- Chipotle, Kiwi- Strawberry, or Watermelon. Have been twice now just to give them a couple chances. Verdict: Greasy pulled pork (I know it will be fatty but come on, grease should not pool on the bottom of the plate). Ribs were dry, Brisket was so dry we could not even eat it, and there was no smoke flavor to the meat! The only reason I gave it 2 stars is because the sides were pretty good. Jalapeno grits were on point and the I really liked the collard greens. If you are like me and enjoy true, simple, properly cooked/ smoked BBQ there are much better choices in and around Asheville. Try Moe's, Luella's, or Okie Dokie's. Nothing fancy or any bizarre flavors, just BBQ done right.
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Colin Cole
2 months ago
Had them cater my wedding and holy moly!! It was a highlight of the wedding. Our guests could not stop telling us how great the food was. Thank you for making our reception a hit!
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Randy Howard
8 months ago
BBQ pork was greasy, with about an eight of an inch of grease in my plate...never seen that at a bbq restaurant before. There are better bbq joints in town, so I'm always perplexed seeing a line waiting to get into this place. Try Luella's or Moe's Original'll never go back to this grease hole.
Matthew Holtwick
a year ago
Amazing food! Best Pulled Pork in Asheville!! Loved the atmosphere. Stop searching and just go here!
G Besarien
3 months ago
We try to go once every couple of months.I have never bothered getting anything but the ribs. The lines are often long but the meat has never disappointed. I always check the hours to make sure they are open on the day and time we are shooting for.The shack itself isn't much to look at but every plate that comes out has been a thing of beauty, at least until there is nothing left but bones. Helpful, polite, and efficient staff and reasonable prices. I should say that we have never eaten at the one in Arden either, so I can only recommend the rib eating experience down by the river. Also while the blueberry chipotle sauce is tasty and immensely popular, it is a little on the hot side for my wimpy palette. The brown sugar regular sauce is delicious too and is just spicy enough to bring out the best of the meat flavor without making my tongue sting.. Just about everyone else on the planet including most little kids can handle the blueberry stuff though. Don't miss the corn pudding Most of the other sides are perfectly okay but forgettable. I get two orders of corn pudding every time now and carry home whatever I can't eat there. I consider everything there dessert-a-plenty and have therefore never tried the actual desserts on the menu. Five stars because the ribs and corn pudding are that good. Nobody goes to a BBQ shack for the décor and the ambiance even in Asheville.
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Erin Nelson
10 months ago
Went back in April and it was awesome. its definitely worth the wait in line!! Once food was ordered food came pretty quickly. Lots of options and it all smells really good. Can't wait to go back this November for more. Not open on the weekends unfortunately.
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Bear Thomas
5 months ago
Excellent BBQ and quick friendly service.
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Chris Fritz
4 months ago
Simply great. The BBQ was top notch, cooked well, and came with incredibly quick service.