12 Bones Smokehouse

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The BBQ scene in Asheville is heated, and sitting on the forefront of flavor is 12 Bones.

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Steven Reinhold


Modest accommodations house some of the finest meats in the area at 12 Bones’ Riverfront Location in Asheville. Their savory BBQ is accompanied by a bouquet of designer sauces and a creative list of southern inspired sides. Asheville’s outdoor community religiously flocks to 12 Bones and when the President is in town he dines here as well! Enjoy a decadent, southern-inspired meal at 12 Bones to fuel your next Blue Ridge Adventure!  

What Makes it Great The Appalachian Mountains yield hardwoods which are coveted fuel sources in the BBQ industry. The meat at 12 Bones is smoked “long and slow” over fires stoked with these select hardwoods. Everything at the restaurant is made from scratch and bursting with flavor. 12 bones covers all the bases with their list of designer BBQ sauces. The sauce list includes a Carolina inspired mustard-based sauce, a “down-east” vinegar based sauce as well as hot and mild flavors. The court of sauces is crowned by the world famous Blueberry Chipotle sauce which pleases the palate with a blend of sweet and spicy.

The menu at 12 bones offers patrons a variety of smoked meats including; chicken, pork, turkey, brisket and ribs. Creative sandwich options are also available. The “M.L.T.” offers veggie lovers a tasty option with a smoked Portobello mushroom, fried green tomato, lettuce and pesto mayo on wheatberry bread. On the opposite side of the culinary, and calorie spectrum lies the “Hogzilla!” On the “Hogzilla” you’ll find sugar bacon, bratwurst, pulled pork and pepper jack cheese deliciously combined on a hoagie.

Who is Going to Love It< Opt for an early lunch at 12 Bones. This BBQ joint enjoys a cult-like following and crowds grow quite large during peak hours. Arrive at 11:00 when they open, enjoy your meal, and then head to the great outdoors for the afternoon's adventure.

River enthusiasts will love 12 Bones location in The River Arts District. Pair your float trip with the finest swine around!  Begin, or end, your river adventure in the River Arts District then enjoy a return, or bon voyage meal at the 12 Bones Smokehouse.

Directions, Fees and Parking 12 Bones Smokehouse is located at 5 Riverside Drive in Asheville’s River Arts District. The Smokehouse is open for lunch only, Monday through Friday from 11am-4pm. During busy hours parking can become tight, additional parking can be found across the street at The Curve Art Studios.   


12 Bones Smokehouse

5 Riverside Drive
Asheville, NC, 28801
35.584552, -82.566863

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