From Catfish to Hog, and Ribs to Wings – Asheville Barbecue Is The Best

Asheville BarbecueNorth Carolina BBQ makes world headlines, and the dishes served up at Asheville Barbecue joints stake claim to that fame. Some may call it a sin to not try Asheville’s barbecue restaurants while visiting this foodie city. We’ve got the insight on where the locals eat and what they love to order. if you love pulled pork, catfish, wings, or ribs, you are going to love Asheville’s BBQ restaurants.

1- Luella’s Barbecue – Located on Merrimon Avenue, Luella’s is a favorite among the locals. It serves up some of the best pork and the pineapple upside down is a must try if you like pineapple of course. The sides vary each day, so some of the specialties are not always available. The wings have won best wings in Asheville before, making wing night a treat! With a full bar and daily lunch specials, Luella’s is a great spot for lunch or dinner. They also offer catering, including weddings.

2- 12 Bones – Made famous by President Obama, 12 Bones is an icon in the River Arts District of Asheville. 12 Bones is only open for lunch, and their blueberry barbecue sauce is a must take home with you item. There is usually a line out the door, which proves its popularity and, of course, its yummy goodness. Sit indoors or out, and enjoy a local beer or Southern sweet tea (it is really good here). The service is fast and efficient, and we’ve never had a bad meal. Many love the corn bread pudding and the home cooked greens! 12 Bones is only open Monday-Friday from 11am – 4pm.

3- Buxton Hall – James Beard Nominee (the Oscars of the food industry), Elliott Moss, has created something special. The atmosphere is inviting. Located in what is known as the South Slope, this place takes on characteristics of smoking the whole hog Eastern North Carolina vinegar based style. The open kitchen gives you a birds eye view of the chef in action. The brussel sprouts are amazing here, and the smoked chicken is a favorite. If you feel adventurous try the fried catfish!

4- Moe’s Barbecue – Moe’s is also a local hot spot. It’s off the beaten path of the typical tourist route. They pulled pork is yummy and the ribs fall off the bone. Many rave about the banana pudding. Local beer is available on tap, and the coleslaw is vinegar based. With two locations, Weaverville and Biltmore Village area, it offers convenience of takeout or dining in.

5- Little Pigs Barbecue – This is the oldest barbecue location in Asheville. Hailing from the 60’s, Little Pigs is family owned and a great dive for lunch or a quick bite. They do not serve alcohol, including beer. It is located near the hospital and many of the medical facilities, making it an easy place for a pulled pork sandwich on the run. It’s probably the fastest choice for barbecue, however we recommend it if you are on the run.

Honorary Mention- Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack – With a name like Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack how can you not be curious? It’s not technically barbecue, however if you want some great chicken, you’ve gotta go to Rocky’s. It’s also a local favorite! The sauce choices are HOT!, so we recommend mildium. Fans love the coca-cola chocolate cake and anything chicken! The pimento cheese, bacon, and chicken sandwich is unbelievable! Beer and wine are available for purchase.