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12 Bones Smokehouse

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3578 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden, NC 28704-2506
+1 828-687-1395
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I am by no means a vegetarian and I have had all the meats they offer. I took my wife for the first time and I ordered the all sides plate just so she try as much as possible. The sides are just as amazing as the meats. She was able to enjoy cheese jalapeño grits, green beans, corn pudding,... More 

Thank ciswpcc
Athens GA
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I saw the story about this restaurant on the food network and had to try the blueberry chipotle ribs. Also had the brisket and pulled pork as sides ( small portion). The glaze for the ribs was unique and very tasty. The brisket and pulled por were also excellent. This is a great place for great food. Not fancy, not... More 

Thank Thomas M
Kensington, Maryland
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223 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ordered carry out and I was amazed at how tender the ribs were after being heated at home. The blueberry sauce is amazing and should not be missed. Great sides, great ribs, great restaurant if you want amazing ribs.

Thank sk1952
Fletcher, North Carolina
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44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The hours are limited, which makes it hard to enjoy the incredible deliciousness within, so getting a bite to eat here makes it even more special. If I time it just right, I can order before I leave work and pick it up on the way home. The pork sandwiches are LARGE on toasty buns - I usually eat it... More 

Thank mattersfact2
Columbia, South Carolina
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1,303 reviews
476 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 524 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To my surprise, the pulled pork we recently bought to take home proved to be well short of excellent. I’ll continue to order pulled pork here when the opportunity arises, but I’ve stopped thinking of the Arden store as a detour-worthy destination.

Thank Citallwic
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

This is a must visit BBQ place. If you live ribs and good BBQ then you do not have to look any further . I would suggest putting this on your Asheville to do list foodie or not you will love it

Thank mikerL1364JM
Arden, North Carolina
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74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Great ribs and sides served quickly in a tin plate! Cornbread comes with meals and is good. Restaurant has a choice of sauces and is rustically decorated to entertain while you eat inside, outside there are picnic tables.

Thank andreabrysn
Asheville, NC
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58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Both the riverside and the Sweeten Creek branches are great. My husband always gets dry ribs; I like BBQ sauce; we're both happy. Chicken also good. Great sides include mac & cheese, collards, mushroom salad (when they have it), smoky potato salad. Sometimes a wait at lunch, but takeout is also good

Thank BlueRidgeWoman
Lutz, Florida
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

My wife & I visited this location on New Years Eve day, because the other location was closed. We had the baby back ribs & found them more than delicious! We heard this was a great place & it did not disappoint. We have tried NC ribs in the past & fond the vinegar base used in most NC ribs... More 

Thank michael g
Columbus, GA
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110 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

We arrived shortly after opening time for lunch on a weekday and had no wait. All of us chose the pulled pork, which was delicious with any of the four sauces provided (I liked the Jalapeno and the Mustard). The side dishes were unusually great for a BBQ place, especially the grits but also the greens and the smoked potato... More 

Thank rwirtga

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3578 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden, NC 28704-2506
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Arden
  • Phone Number: +1 828-687-1395

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