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Sep 25, 2011 04:31 PM

Seeking WNC-style BBQ in Asheville

Hi all,
I see there are a ton of BBQ-in-Asheville posts here, and I'm getting that Asheville is not a *great* BBQ town. What I'd like to know is whether there is a decent representation of western NC-style BBQ (chopped pork shoulder, tomato-based sauce, BBQ slaw) in the Asheville area. It looks like the ever-popular 12 Bones will not qualify for this, but Luella's might (its menu lists chopped pork BBQ, as well as a ketchup-based sauce). I'm also wondering about Little Pigs BBQ and Okie-Dokie's Smokehouse (in nearby Swannanoa).

I'm really looking for this particular regional representation within (or very near) this town, with the understanding that there will likely be "better" options an hour's drive or so away.

Anyone prefer one over another? Am I missing a better option?

Okie Dokies Smokehouse
2375 US 70 Hwy, Swannanoa, NC 28778

Little Pigs
115 Bountyland Rd, Seneca, SC 29672

Luella's Barbecue
501 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804

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  1. I think you're going to have a more difficult time finding BBQ slaw than chopped pork. Okie Dokie's has pulled pork and I can't say I've ever tried their slaw so I'm not sure what kind they have. Luella's has good chopped pork but, again, I've not tried their slaw. I don't think it's BBQ slaw, either.

    1. It turns out that Okie Dokies has both red and white slaw. Their pork is pulled rather than chopped, however. And they have an array of sauces at the table to choose from.

      1. I haven't been to Luella's.

        I thought Okie Dokies did a nice job of it. It has been a few years, but I remember after my meal I ordered takeout to bring back for my SO.

        1. Thanks for the input. I guess I'm less concerned about the BBQ slaw, but good to know re: Okie Dokies. Because of their closing times, I'll have a better chance at Luella's (going tonight!), but I'll try to get to both during my stay.

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