Asheville lives up to the reputation that North Carolina has for producing some of the greatest barbecue in the South and down-home soul cuisine. There are two different styles of barbecue in the area: Lexington and Eastern. Both use pig as its main ingredient, but their serving sauces and hog chops vary. Asheville is a community that fully supports its local farmers; some of its barbecue restaurants even use pigs that are raised nearby.
Asheville barbecue is the finest comfort meal, whether the meat is cooked slowly and low for more than 15 hours over hardwood embers, cooked in vinegar-based sauces, or expertly smoked and seasoned. Most barbecue restaurants in Asheville provide beef brisket, smoked chicken, ribs, pulled pork, and traditional southern sides such baked beans, cornbread, collard greens, slaw, and banana pudding. If you’re craving fried chicken and other southern favourites, check out our list of the Best Places to Eat Southern Food.
Asheville’s Huli Sue’s BBQ
This mouthwatering BBQ & Grill, which is housed in Asheville’s iconic Grove Arcade, offers Texas-style barbecue with a Hawaiian twist. Enjoy Hawaiian cuisine, Texas BBQ, fresh seafood, unique island beverages, large country cakes, and other dishes while dining on island time.
Smokehouse Bear’s Asheville
This South Slope smokehouse in Asheville serves award-winning K.C. Style BBQ with specialties like loaded baked potatoes, smoked sausage, and brisket burnt ends. They also have a selection of craft beers as well as vegan choices including tempeh and Impossible Meatloaf. Open seven days a week, with delivery and online ordering options.
Asheville’s Moe’s Original Bar B Que
This undiscovered treasure is off the usual road but is definitely worth a visit since it serves award-winning Bama-style, wood smoked pulled pork, ribs, turkey, and chicken. Along with delectable desserts, traditional Southern sides are prepared fresh every day.
Asheville’s 12 Bones Smokehouse
Even though there may be huge lineups, the popular BBQ restaurant is worth the wait. While supplies last, take advantage of the Southern-style, slow-smoked barbecue and freshly cooked sides. When they run out, they close.
Asheville Little Pigs Barbecue
Since 1963, this hickory-smoked barbecue restaurant has been serving both residents and tourists. It is also known for its renowned broasted chicken and hushpuppies. Stop in for a combination plate and enjoy their renowned quick and friendly service.
Asheville’s Buxton Hall Barbecue
James-Beard nominated chefs collaborated on the design of this barbecue eatery in South Slope. They provide typical Southern sides as well as whole-hog East Carolina BBQ that has been wood-smoked.
Asheville’s Luella’s BBQ
This neighbourhood restaurant, which takes its inspiration from family recipes, specialises on scratch-made sides and barbecue. Enjoy sides like fried okra, collard greens, spicy vinegar coleslaw, and more while you chow down on ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and chicken. On the weekends, brunch is served there. Merrimon Avenue 501