by Gerry Mak in Cool Travel on Tuesday 12 October 2010

Obama knows. Now I know. 12 Bones Smokehouse in Asheville, NC, is the shit. I know some dyed-in-the-wool North Carolinians may think blueberry chipotle barbecue sauce is for effete Northerners, but fuck that.
That shit was good, the ribs were smokey and juicy and falling off the bone, and a half rack was a reasonable $10 with two sides (the greens and cucumber salad I had were top notch). Last time I listened to locals in this neck of the woods was in Memphis. People told me Central BBQ was for tourists and the real deal was to be had at Bar-B-Q Shop. So I went there. It sucked. Central is way better, I don’t care if it’s my Yankee-ass taste buds telling me that.