JD’s SmokehouseBy Leah Chester-Davis
500 Malcolm Blvd., Rutherford College
jds-smokehouse.com | 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