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BBQ Near Asheville NC

I will be traveling between Charlotte and Asheville early next month, and I really want to get some North Carolina pulled pork. I will probably be in Asheville for a couple of days, so anything nearby would be cool. Looking for any and all recommendations. Would prefer something along the lines of a roadside shack, but anything that really qualifies as the real deal is OK with me. The more recommendations the better, thank you!!

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  1. 12 Bones in the Arts District in Asheville is a must.

    1. In Shelby, which is close to halfway between Charlotte and Asheville is Bridges BBQ. Very good stuff.... it is right off the road on Hwy 74

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      1. re: mcap

        A cant miss stop for any true BBQ lover!!

      2. Here are a couple of suggestions that haven't appeared yet.

        Green River Barbeque in Saluda, NC. It's pretty good barbeque with some good and interesting sides available. The pork is chopped though, not pulled. Spend some time exploring Saluda, too. It's a nice little town.

        Okie Dokie Smokehouse in Swannanoa. I made it there for the first time a week or so ago. The atmosphere is nothing to write home about, but the food was good.

        I echo the suggestion of 12 Bones, though I'd go for the ribs over the pulled pork there. Their ribs are great, but the pulled pork (to me, anyway) is so-so.

        1. We ate at 12 Bones a few weeks ago. I know it has gottten good reviews, but I have eaten better. I did not care for any of the sauce nor the sides. The slaw taste like it was cooked and the bake beans were so thick you could cut them with a knife, meaning they had been cooked for a long, long time. I would not go back. The best BBQ I have had around Ashevillei is Butt's on the Creek, in Maggie Valley. You sit in a screened pourch by a creek and it is always cool. The sides as well as the BBQ is very good. The deserts are all homemade right there. They use seasonal fresh fruites for their cobblers. Very clean.

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          1. re: Mollybud

            FINALLY, someone who agrees with me that 12 Bones is not the be-all, end-all of barbecue joints!!! I, too, went once, and I will never go back. To stand in line for 20-30 minutes to get mediocre food is not at the top of my list of smart things to do. I had different sides (mac and cheese and green beans). While the green beans were good, the mac and cheese is among the worst I have ever had the misfortune to put in my mouth. I didn't eat ribs, but I noticed that everyone who had them had to gnaw the meat off the bone, which says to me "tough." I wish someone would tell me what the appeal is to the place, or is it just the "in" thing to do? I don't get it.

            I will say, the few times I have gotten chopped pork BBQ at Luella's in Skyland, it has been really good, moist with a vinegar-based sauce. Their slaw is also vinegar-based and a little spicy, and their mac and cheese (made with hoop cheese) is really good.

          2. I had planned to eat at both 12 Bones and Okie Dokie's for the first time in the near future--may reconsider 12 Bones now. I definitely second the recc for Butts on the Creek in Maggie Valley--it is a nice little gem tucked away down there (off to the right just as you enter town--watch closely). it is open limited hours and only from May until fall, so call ahead. Well worth the short drive from Asheville. And an enthusiastic second for Bridges Barbeque Lodge in Shelby--a must-go whenever i'm near Shelby.