Where can you order delicious Asheville BBQ? As locals, don’t miss our favorite BBQ restaurants in Asheville for dine-in and takeout.
This is the South, and of course, nothing beats Southern comfort food. Cornbread, hush puppies, BBQ, baked beans, and deep-fried Oreos. Sign me up!
There is nothing better than pulled pork sandwiches, Mac & Cheese, a rack of ribs, and a side of coleslaw or potato salad. Show me the kielbasa with some craft beer.
A controversial question with contentious answers: Where can you find the best BBQ in Asheville, NC? What are the top Asheville BBQ restaurants for both takeout and dine-in?
As AVL locals, we’ll share where to get delicious barbecue in Asheville and a few tips and tricks, too. Unfasten that top pant button. Let’s get started!
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6 Delicious Asheville BBQ Joints
1. Luella’s Bar-B-Que
North Asheville: 501 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804; (828) 505-7427
South Asheville: 33 Town Square Blvd., Biltmore Park, Asheville, NC 28803; (828) 676-3855
Imagine ordering giant platters of barbecue that lasts you for days. We just love Luella’s North Asheville BBQ restaurant.
Grandma Lue is Luella’s namesake. This BBQ joint is not only committed to serving delicious food but also gives back to the AVL community.
We love sitting outside with plates full of ribs and pulled pork. Their sandwiches come with a heaping 1/4-pound of meat. You can also skip the bread to order a tray. They have tempeh as well as gluten-free BBQ options.
2. Buxton Hall Barbecue
32 Banks Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
One of the most famous BBQ joints in Asheville, Buxton Hall sits across from Catawba Brewing in South Slope. Hello, perfection.
Buxton Hall is part of the Chai Pani Restaurant Family. Think South Asian street food at Chai Pani. Buxton Hall specializes in all-wood, whole hog Asheville BBQ.
Along with delicious barbecue like a whole hog pulled pork plate, you can order collard greens, burgers, fried chicken, and BBQ hash.
Buxton Hall Barbecue is full of history. Located in the old Standard Paper Sales Company building, back in the 1930s, the building housed a roller skating rink and old boat showroom.
Looking for even more spicy food? Don’t miss the best Asheville Indian Food Restaurants. Chai Pani is on the list.
3. Big South Kitchen
131 Glenn Bridge Rd, Arden, NC 28704 (Takeout Only)
One of our all-time best spots for BBQ in Asheville, don’t skip Big South Kitchen. OK; OK… Technically, Big South Kitchen resides in an Asheville suburb, but they are coming to Asheville’s downtown area soon.
Serving up barbecue takeout, Big South Kitchen cooks up stellar ribs, pulled pork, wings, and brisket. Did I mention deep-fried Oreos?! Get the Oreos…
Choose from plentiful Southern-inspired sides like steaming beans, Texas toast, and house-made BBQ chips along with endless sauces all for a great price.
Craving something different with a little more pepper? You might want to order some AVL Thai Food.
4. 12 Bones Smokehouse
River: 5 Foundy St. Ste 10, Asheville, NC 28801; (828) 253-4499
South: 2350 Hendersonville Rd, Arden, NC 28704; (828) 687-1395
Want to dine like a former U.S. President? It’s no secret that on their 2008 trip to Asheville, the Obama family hiked Craven Gap along the Blue Ridge Parkway and ate at 12 Bones Smokehouse.
I read on Today that Barack Obama ordered barbecue ribs with blueberry chipotle BBQ sauce. 12 Bones slow smokes their meat over hardwoods and cook old family favorites as well as new flavors.
Choose from baby back ribs or delicious sandwiches. At the 12 Bones South location, you’ll also find their brewery.
Don’t want to eat out tonight? Why not order in with the Best Takeout In Asheville?
5. Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ
135 Coxe Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
We are CT natives, and we actually have a Bear’s Smokehouse near our hometown. Small world; big BBQ?
Bear’s Smokehouse has a permanent BBQ food truck on Coxe Ave, which is also home to the motherload of AVL beer. You’ll be close to Chemist Distillery, too. For Asheville BBQ takeout, Bear’s Smokehouse does a fabulous job.
If a regular-sized sandwich is too small for you, you can upgrade to a “Bear Sized” beast. Don’t tell our resident AVL black bears, though…
Bear’s Smokehouse mixes delicious meats into their black beans. If spicy isn’t your jam, just order your meat sans sauce. Their sauces and rubs are gluten-free (but always double-check).
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6. Moe’s Original BBQ
4 Sweeten Creek Rd. Asheville, NC 28803
For chain restaurant BBQ in Asheville, Moe’s is where it is at. Unique to Moe’s Original BBQ, find Alabama-style pulled pork and in-house smoked meats.
Located near Biltmore Village in Asheville and with an outdoor patio, try their pulled pork, ribs, turkey, and chicken. Of course, they have those infamous Southern sides and sauces, too.
Are you ready to fill up on Asheville BBQ?
Where do you love to go for BBQ in Asheville? What is the best city, ever, for barbecue? Best state? Plus, what do you like to order? Do you have a go-to meal? I’m all about that pulled pork. Tom almost always orders gluten-free ribs. Let us know in the comments!
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