The barbecue nap is a necessary thing after devouring the best a city or state has to offer. You got your ribs, your brisket, your cornbread, your mac and cheese and a beer. That nap is need to soak in all that heat, flavor and nirvana. Then get you refreshed so that you A) do it again at night or b) do anything productive.
12 Bones, as well as Buxton Hall, made me realize that I’ve been living in a barbecue lie. I know nothing of authentic BBQ until you have it at the real place. Located in the River Arts District, it’s a joint that’s only open Monday-Friday at lunch from noon-6pm. It’s often that they run out of certain items because of their massive popularity, so plan accordingly. No need to camp out like Franklin in Austin. I went at 3:30pm on a Wednesday and everything was available.
I went with the Blueberry Chipotle rub for the ribs and that shit was fine like your momma. If you just want try a bit of everything, you can get such small amounts of everything (brisket, ribs, pulled pork) and squirt some sauce on them. They also had brown sugar rubs, poblano and “nekkid” (salt and pepper).
I endorse it, as does No. 44 Barry and Michelle:
The very first thing that Barack and Michelle Obama did on their vacation in Asheville, NC today was hit up 12 Bones Smokehouse, a celebrate local ‘cue joint that the first couple has a special fondness for, having dined there while campaigning back in 2008. For lunch the POTUS and FLOTUS chowed down on BBQ ribs, mac and cheese, corn bread, baked beans and greens, all washed down with sweet tea. The two immediately followed their southern food feast with a rigorous mountain hike in a nearby park.
You can take some sauces and rubs to go home like I did. I got the bacon sugar…. yes, it’s a thing.
The interior is bare and rough. As you will see, there’s graffiti on the walls where you leave your mark or declare your allegiance to a racist demagogue. I wanted to write one pro-45 writing, “How’s that working out for you, comrade?”