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12 Bones

If you live anywhere near Asheville, North Carolina and have any inclination toward barbeque, 12 Bones Smokehouse is already on speed-dial: 828.253.4499. Even if you’re a few states away, this one is worth burning a few frequent flier miles. There may be better blueberry chipotle baby back ribs somewhere else on this planet. But when the racks that come out of Tom Montgomery’s smoker are this good, who cares? His pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked turkey and chicken are right up there too. There’s also mac and cheese, jalapeno cheese grits, damn good corn puddin, smoked potato salad, sweet vinegar coleslaw, mashed sweet potato, collar greens and watermelon salad for desert for desert if you’re lucky.; And since barbeque can make you thirsty, 12 Bones pours a selection of local microbrews. Glitzy it’s not. River Road would make a nice backdrop for somebody's last supper with Tony Soprano. The building looks like a place you’d top off with unleaded, a bag of ice and some night crawlers. Fear not. Once you get a whiff of what’s coming from the kitchen, you’ll know you’re in the right place.

12 Bones Smokehouse

5 Riverside Road

Ashville, NC 28801