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Finest Barbecue

JD’s Smokehouse

By Leah Chester-Davis

Finest Barbecue

500 Malcolm Blvd., Rutherford College | 828-522-1227

Ribs, chicken, pulled pork and brisket—oh my! Pick your platter at JD's Smokehouse, our readers' selection for best "Barbecue" in our annual Carolina's Finest contest!

JD’s Smokehouse is a standout in the Carolina’s Finest competition. They took the top spot last year and again this year, no small feat in the barbecue category. The hardwood smoked meats are dry rubbed, and cooked low and slow by folks who have perfected the process.

Whether your choice is ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket or chicken, you can’t go wrong. A wide range of sides is also available. JD’s is only open Thursday through Saturday, so plan accordingly to be part of what they call a weekend celebration.

Currently, they offer curbside pick-up during the pandemic. Watch for the opening of a second location in Caldwell County sometime next summer.

I’ve never had genuinely delicious food more perfect, BBQ or otherwise, than what I’ve eaten at JD’s.

—Johnny Miller, Statesville, a member of EnergyUnited

About the Author

Leah Chester-Davis loves to explore North Carolina. Her business, Chester-Davis Communications (, specializes in food, farm, gardening and lifestyle brands and organizations.

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