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North Carolina is famous for its down home soul food and for serving up some of the best barbecue in the South—and Asheville lives up to the hype! You can find two distinct types of barbecue in town: Lexington and Eastern; both are pork-based but differ in the cuts of pork and the type of sauces they are served with. A town in full support of local farmers, a few of Asheville’s barbecue joints even serve locally-sourced hogs. (Feature photo: Buxton Hall)

Whether the meat is cooked slow and low for 15+ hours over hardwood coals, cooked in vinegar-based sauces, or perfectly smoked and seasoned, Asheville bar-b-que is comfort food at its best. Find beef brisket, smoked chicken, ribs, pulled pork and country classic sides like baked beans, cornbread, collard greens, slaw and banana pudding at most barbecue restaurants in Asheville. See our Top Places for Southern Food if you've got a hankerin' for fried chicken and more southern staples.

Check out these BBQ restaurants below for some finger-lickin’ good food for dine-in or take-out!

Best BBQ in Asheville

Bear's Smokehouse Asheville

This smokehouse in Asheville’s South Slope offers award-winning K.C. Style BBQ with signature items like brisket burnt ends, smoked sausage, loaded baked potatoes, and more. They also offer vegan… read more

Huli Sue's BBQ

Located in Asheville’s historic Grove Arcade, this mouth-watering BBQ & Grill serves up a Hawaiian spin on Texas BBQ. Dine on island time enjoying Hawaiian flavors, fresh fish, Texas BBQ,… read more

12 Bones Smokehouse

The lines may be long, but it’s worth the wait for this locally loved BBQ joint. Enjoy the Southern style, slow-smoked barbecue and scratch-made sides while they last- when they sell out, they… read more

Little Pigs BBQ

Serving locals and visitors alike since 1963, this family friendly barbecue joint serves meats smoked over hickory wood plus popular broasted chicken and hushpuppies. Known for their fast and… read more

Buxton Hall Barbecue

This South Slope BBQ joint is the shared vision of James-Beard nominated chefs. They serve wood-smoked, whole-hog East Carolina BBQ and traditional Southern sides. Try a bourbon and Cheerwine… read more

Moe's Original Bar B Que

Featuring award-winning Bama-style, wood smoked pulled pork, ribs, turkey, and chicken, this hidden gem is off the beaten path, but well worth a visit! Traditional Southern sides made fresh daily… read more

Luella's BBQ

It’s all about the bbq and scratch-made sides at this local joint that draws inspiration from family recipes. Feast on ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and chicken with sides like fried okra, collards… read more

Huli Sue's BBQ

1 Page Ave Suite 150 Asheville NC

Moe's Original Bar B Que

Bear's Smokehouse Asheville

Moe's Original Bar B Que

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