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About our place

We make everything from scratch. Our meats are smoked long & slow over select hardwoods. Our recipes are both old family favorites & new ones we've just come up with. We believe that simple ingredients & lots of care in preparation make the best food. Some things on the menu change daily...if you can't live without a rib flavor you had 2 weeks ago then holler, we'll make it again if you make enough of a fuss!

Thanks for coming in...

Bryan, Angela, and all of our hard-working staff

How can you harass us?

For takeout, call either location directly to place an order:

RIVER STORE:
5 Riverside Drive · Asheville, NC 28801  ·  (828) 253-4499

 

SOUTH STORE:
3578 Sweeten Creek Road · Arden, NC 28704  ·  (828) 687-1395

BULK CATERING LINE 828-606-7880
12BONESCATERING@GMAIL.COM

RIVER STORE

Mon - Fri 11am–4pm
CLOSED Sat & Sun

5 Riverside Drive
Asheville, NC 28801

Phone (828) 253-4499
Fax (828) 253-4426

 

SOUTH STORE

Tues - Sat 11am – 4pm
TAKE OUT ONLY 4pm  6pm
CLOSED Sun & Mon

3578 Sweeten Creek Road
Arden, NC 28704

Phone (828) 687-1395
Fax
 (828) 687-1396

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12 Bones Cookbook

For lovers of the 12 Bones Restaurant as well as fans of progressive 'cue, 12 Bones Smokehouse includes signature recipes and techniques for ribs, pulled pork, and all the fixin's.

When 12 Bones Smokehouse opened in Asheville, North Carolina, many doubted that it would succeed. From a squat building in a flood plain, the owners were serving up creative barbecue that wasn't 100% true to any single region. Yet a decade later, 12 Bones is a local institution that rivals the Biltmore Estate in popularity. (In fact, it's 12 Bones alone that has been on President Obama's itinerary all three times he's passed through Asheville.)

The 12 Bones Smokehouse book is true to the spirit of the place. Everything is made from scratch - and cornbread is not optional. Inside you'll find all the classics: from the famous ribs to smoky pork, turkey, and chicken. And just like the restaurant, the book is uniquely vegetarian-friendly by barbecue standards. From tangy Pickled Okra Salad to savory Jalapeño Cheese Grits, everyone will find something to love. Addictive desserts and flavor-packed rubs and sauces - including the famous Blueberry-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce - are all here, too. So if you can't make it to 12 Bones this week, now you have the next best thing.

BUY YOUR 12 BOOKS COOKBOOK TODAY:

RIVER STORE

Mon - Fri 11am–4pm
CLOSED Sat & Sun

5 Riverside Drive
Asheville, NC 28801

Phone (828) 253-4499
Fax (828) 253-4426

 

SOUTH STORE

Tues - Sat 11am – 4pm
TAKE OUT ONLY 4pm  6pm
CLOSED Sun & Mon

3578 Sweeten Creek Road
Arden, NC 28704

Phone (828) 687-1395
Fax
 (828) 687-1396

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River Store

5 Riverside Drive · Asheville, NC 28801
Phone (828) 253-4499

DIRECTIONS TO RIVER STORE: We are roughly 1.4 miles from downtown Asheville: Take Patton Ave. west to Clingman Ave. (towards West Asheville).
Take a left onto Clingman Ave. at The Grey Eagle before the bridge. Take a right onto Lyman St. and go across the railroad tracks.

From Biltmore Village: Take Biltmore Ave. north towards downtown. Turn left onto Meadow Rd. Follow Meadow Rd approx. 2.7 miles total past the Amboy Rd. intersection (Meadow Rd. turns into Lyman St.) We are on the left after a sharp curve.

 

South Store

3578 Sweeten Creek Road · Arden, NC 28704
Phone (828) 687-1395

Approx. 15 min. drive south of Biltmore Village

 
 
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12 Bones Catering

CLICK HERE FOR PDF MENU

We're not set up to provide remote full service catering (on-site at your location). However, we'd be happy to prepare food for your party and have it hot and ready for you to pick up at one of our restaurants.

FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CALL OUR CATERING LINE:
828-606-7880  OR  EMAIL 12BONESCATERING@GMAIL.COM

TO ENSURE AVAILABILITY PLEASE SCHEDULE AND CONFIRM LARGE ORDERS IN ADVANCE - WE GENERALLY NEED AT LEAST 2.5 WEEKS, ESPECIALLY DURING BUSY SEASONS. SORRY, NO SUNDAY PICKUPS.

Do you need a quick bite for the family or are you looking to feed a wedding party of 250? Our packages are perfect for casual buffet service, everything comes in disposable pans ready for chafing dishes or your oven. We can help with planning the amount of food you'll need, what equipment you might require...everything down to the sweet tea and dessert!

Here's an EXAMPLE of our package pricing (CLICK FOR PDF FULL CATERING MENU):

  • Barbecued pork & chopped beef brisket w/sauce
  • Jalapeño cheese grits, mashed sweet taters and buttered green beans
  • Cornbread and buns
  • Plates, cutlery etc.

Please call for up-to-date pricing for your exact guest count.

 

RIVER STORE

Mon - Fri 11am–4pm
CLOSED Sat & Sun

5 Riverside Drive
Asheville, NC 28801

Phone (828) 253-4499
Fax (828) 253-4426

 

SOUTH STORE

Tues - Sat 11am – 4pm
TAKE OUT ONLY 4pm – 6pm
CLOSED Sun & Mon

3578 Sweeten Creek Road
Arden, NC 28704

Phone (828) 687-1395
Fax
 (828) 687-1396

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On-Site Rentals

HAVE YOUR PARTY WITH US!

12 Bones is available for private parties during the hours we are not open to the public. Rehearsal dinners, anniversary celebrations, and any other occasion when you want to get together with friends and family and "have the place to yourself".

For more information, please call our catering line:

828-606-7880   OR EMAIL 
12BONESCATERING@GMAIL.COM

 

RIVER STORE

Mon - Fri 11am–4pm
CLOSED Sat & Sun

5 Riverside Drive
Asheville, NC 28801

Phone (828) 253-4499
Fax (828) 253-4426

 

SOUTH STORE

Tues - Sat 11am – 4pm
TAKE OUT ONLY 4pm  6pm
CLOSED Sun & Mon

3578 Sweeten Creek Road
Arden, NC 28704

Phone (828) 687-1395
Fax
 (828) 687-1396

12 Bones in the Press

12 Bones has built quite a reputation for our tasty menu! 

Below are just some of the places 12 Bones has been nationally featured: 

THE Independent, JUly 2015

The Atlanta Journal Constitution, June 2015

What The Fung?! TV Series, FYI Network, June 2015

Edible Orlando, June 2015

Asheville Citizen-Times, June 2015

Mountain Xpress, June 2015

Asheville Citizen-Times, June 2015

Ashvegas, June 2015

Gaston Gazette, June 2015

Southern Living, June 2015

Miami Herald, May 2015

Knoxville News Sentinel, May 2015

Huffington Post, May 2015

Winston-Salem Journal, May 2015

The News & Observer, May 2015

Zagat: America's Next Hot Food Cities, May 2015

BuzzFeed, May 2015

ABC News WLOS, May 2015

Quarry Spoon, May 2015

Fathom Way to Go, March 2015

The Knot: Real Weddings, March 2015

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES, MARCH 2015

BON APPÉTIT, MARCH 2015

TUSCALOOSA NEWS, FEBRUARY 2015

PASTE MAGAZINE, FEBRUARY 2015

FROMMER'S, JANUARY 2015

TRAVEL CHANNEL, 2014

USA TODAY, 10 BEST, 2014

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES, DECEMBER 2014

ATLANTA MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 2014

TRAVEL CHANNEL, AUGUST 2014

USA TODAY, JUNE 2014

PRINT KILLER, THE BEST OF ASHEVILLE, NC 2014

GARDEN & GUN, MARCH 2014

DELTA Sky MAGAZINE, NOVEMBER 2013

STU HELM FOOD CRITIC REVIEW, ASHVEGAS.COM, NOVEMBER 2013

ASHEVILLE SCENE REVIEW, CITIZEN-TIMES.COM, FEBRUARY 2013

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES, FEBRUARY 2013

BEST OF WNC | BARBECUE, OCTOBER 2012

MARTHA STEWART LIVING MAGAZINE, OCTOBER 2012

MARTHASTEWARTLIVING.COM, OCTOBER 2012

BIG WAYNER'S BBQ BLOG, JUNE 2012

ASHVEGAS, MAY 2012

MOUNTAIN XPRESS, MAY 2012

TAYLOR TAKES A TASTE, MAY 2012

CORNELIUS NEWS, MAY 2012

USA TODAY, MARCH 2012

DEEP SOUTH MAGAZINE, FEBRUARY 2012

BON APPÉTIT MAGAZINE, JANUARY 2012

VERVE MAGAZINE, AUGUST 2011

ASSOCIATED PRESS, FEBRUARY 2011

POLITICO, FEBRUARY 2011

ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES, JANUARY 2011

POLITICO, MAY 2010

VIDEO: PRESIDENT BARACK & MICHELLE OBAMA COME BACK FOR ANOTHER VISIT, APRIL 2010

EATER, APRIL 2010

PHOTO GALLERY: PRESIDENT OBAMA AT 12 BONES, OCTOBER 2008

VIDEO: PRESIDENT OBAMA AT 12 BONES, OCTOBER 2008

VERVE MAGAZINE, JULY/AUGUST 2008

SOUTHERN LIVING, MAY 2008

ABC NEWS BEST BITES CHALLENGE, NOVEMBER 2007

RIVER STORE

Mon - Fri 11am–4pm
CLOSED Sat & Sun

5 Riverside Drive
Asheville, NC 28801

Phone (828) 253-4499
Fax (828) 253-4426

 

SOUTH STORE

Tues - Sat 11am – 4pm
TAKE OUT ONLY 4pm  6pm
CLOSED Sun & Mon

3578 Sweeten Creek Road
Arden, NC 28704

Phone (828) 687-1395
Fax
 (828) 687-1396

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RIVER STORE

Mon - Fri 11am–4pm
CLOSED Sat & Sun

5 Riverside Drive
Asheville, NC 28801

Phone (828) 253-4499
Fax (828) 253-4426

SOUTH STORE

Tues - Sat 11am – 4pm
TAKE OUT ONLY 4pm – 6pm
CLOSED Sun & Mon

3578 Sweeten Creek Road
Arden, NC 28704

Phone (828) 687-1395
Fax (828) 687-1396