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Tasty rib tips with “Boss Sauce”

photo 2If you have any trouble finding Ms. Betty’s House of Ribs in Eastland Heights, just roll down your window when you’re getting close and let your nose guide you. That sweet smell of barbecue smoke perfumes the neighborhood.

This place is a true rib shack — a double-wide trailer set in a parking lot with one plastic table inside, a counter with a pass-through window to the kitchen and a sign warning customers not to fiddle with the air conditioner. The smokehouse is out back.

On a friend’s recommendation I ordered this rib tip dinner, which was a huge portion for $8. On the side: super cheesy-crusty mac and cheese and mildly seasoned but extremely tender collard greens.

photoI also ordered a rib dinner ($8.99, right) and a half chicken ($5.25).

The ribs and the rib tips had a great flavor — imbued with plenty of smoke and well seasoned. I also loved the house “boss sauce” that was an unconventional sweet soy glaze. (The other choice is a yellow mustard sauce.) I did think they both tasted reheated; I’d like to find out more about Ms. Betty’s smoking schedule and get them when they’re fresh from the smoker.

The chicken was fantastic — really moist and, again, gorgeously smoky.

This is a great place to know about if you’re anywhere nearby (East Atlanta, Ormewood Park) and hankering for barbecue.

smoker out back

smoker out back

Has anyone else been? Are there any other bona fide rib shacks around town that are worth checking out?

Ms. Betty’s House of Ribs: 1281 Bouldercrest Drive, 404-243-8484. Credit cards accepted.

71 comments Add your comment

Seth

January 22nd, 2010
9:44 am

Ms. Betty’s is awesome! I live in the area and go there quite a bit. Granted, it’s not much to look at on the outside, but that’s part of the charm. Great ribs.

Tyler Pike

January 22nd, 2010
3:40 pm

Get real John. If it ain’t vinegar based sauce, it don’t belong on ribs or BBQ. Ms. Betty’s is a joke. One time Dad and I went to try it out and realized their sauce wasn’t vinegar based. Well I got sent to the truck to grab the spare bottle Dad keeps and when I got back those jerks had told Dad he could leave. Basically they were defensive when Dad questioned them about their sauce. That taught us a valuable lesson about going out to eat.

M. Johnson

January 22nd, 2010
5:46 pm

Tyler, you and your Dad need to chill out. Ms. Betty’s ribs are good with or WITHOUT the sauce.

Tyler is a Fruitcake

January 22nd, 2010
9:20 pm

Tyler, ever here the term “to each his own?”
There are millions of people in America that detest that
yucky Vinegar based sauce.
The jerks are perhaps you and your dad.

Grammar Queen

January 22nd, 2010
9:42 pm

Tyler-is-a-Fruitcake, did you ever hear that to hear with your ear, it’s spelled H-E-A-R? Let’s be nice.

Chuck

January 22nd, 2010
10:47 pm

I kind of agree with Tyler and his Dad… but they both need to relax a bit. Maybe a lot.

I’ll try Betty’s out soon.

Bhorsoft

January 22nd, 2010
11:03 pm

I ran into a bona-fide rib shack on the road between Tallahassee, FL and Thomasville, GA a few years ago. The smoker was outside and the eatin’ section was in a 1960’s singlewide. Some of the best BBQ me and the wife ever et. We also happened to be the only caucasian faces in the place on a Sunday after church. That’s OK, Good BBQ knows no color. Oh, and I had a choice of vinegar or sweet sauce – I guess they wanted to keep Tyler happy.

The Grinch

January 22nd, 2010
11:06 pm

Good BBQ is good BBQ; it doesn’t matter what base the sauce has if it’s tasty. And if it’s REAL good BBQ, it doesn’t require much if any sauce at all.

And you guys were rude enough to get thrown out because of it? Really? That’s sad.

C

January 22nd, 2010
11:51 pm

“The Grinch” well why did they have a problem with a customer putting their own sauce on food that they purchased? I would think that standards would be somewhat relaxed seeing that this is a double wide trailer and not the ritz-carlton. I mean if they bought the food then what do they care? What happened to the customer is always right? Everybody and their brother knows that tomato based sauce does not belong on REAL bbq anyway.

who the heck...

January 22nd, 2010
11:59 pm

keeps a spare bottle of vinegar in their truck? It sounds as if Ty and Pops rarely go out to eat – so wth?

Guy loves his vinegar

January 23rd, 2010
12:10 am

From an ajc blog on the Atlanta Fish Market:

Tyler Pike

October 5th, 2009
4:40 pm

My dad makes Shrimp-B-Q that is glorious. His vinegar based Cajun Seafood Sauce just compliments the hours spent preparing the meat and shrimp to perfection. Now while technically his dish is ‘Shrimp-B-Q’, he likes to call it ‘Butt-down-B-Q’. Reason being is that once you eat some of it, you’ll sit your butt down and you ain’t movin the rest of the afternoon.

fRED

January 23rd, 2010
12:10 am

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fRED

January 23rd, 2010
12:12 am

Whoops, thought I hit tab not enter (up there, the first post).

LOL are you folks for real? Tyler made a JOKE. Maybe if you pulled your head OUT of that warm, (smelly), dark hole you have it in, so much stuff wouldn’t fly over it…………..

Just damn

Poca....

January 23rd, 2010
12:13 am

Never tried or heard of Ms. Betty’s but the best bbq that I’ve found since I’ve lived in Atlanta is JJ’s Rib Shack on Campbellton Rd, in SW Atl. Definitely nothing fancy to look at, outside or in. The meat is always freshly smoked and tender(rib tips or ribs), the side items are always great, as long as they don’t run out, and the sweet, thick and just a little spicy bbq is to die for!!! The chicken is great too. Everything is grilled right there on the grills on the side of the building. The only negatives are they sometimes run out of food early, and the wait can be EXTREMELY LONG, but it’s NEVER deterred us from waiting. Never make it home without eating some of the ribs in the car!

Poca....

January 23rd, 2010
3:37 am

JJ’s Rib Shack on Campbellton Rd in SW Atl, has the BEST BBQ. The ribs, rib tips, and chicken have all never disappointed me. The sweet, thick, and a little spicy bbq sauce, is to die for!! I can eat the sauce with just bread! The side options, though only about 5 or 6, are always good. All food is prepared on site, and all the meat is grilled/smoked right next to the building. The little “shack/building” is nothing impressive at all, but what comes out of it is! The only negatives to JJ’s is that they sometimes run out of food early, and there is usually a relatively long wait. Which just means we go early, and have patience! IT’S ALWAYS SO WORTH IT! Never made it home once without eating some of the ribs in the car!

George

January 23rd, 2010
6:34 am

Tyler and his dad need to open up their own restuarant, SOME WHERE IN THE BAYOU..Move back to New Orleans.

Joe Biden

January 23rd, 2010
8:34 am

I just wish her place wasn’t so far away…sounds good. Hey, maybe I can borrow the jet?

Laverne

January 23rd, 2010
9:16 am

I bet Tyler & his Dad have been thrown out of worse places as well, and I bet Miss Ann would have some of her hood bouncers throw them out.Even trailer businesses have their pride and codes of conduct.

The best BBQ I ever ate was in Columbus, Ga. – called Macon Road BBQ.It was in the middle of nowhere in a tar paper shack.

DSM

January 23rd, 2010
10:46 am

While I am willing to try all BBQ sauces, the ones I enjoy include vinegar. Of course, my fave is my own, a recipe passed down from my father. I say, to each to own. On the Tyler debate, I would imagine the reason his Dad was invited to leave could have been how he acted. I don’t imagine any restaurant caring if you add some of your own to your food,but I bet they do care how you act! Anyone consider that? Some people just aren’t willing to step out of their box and try something different. I have experienced many great foods I thought I would never like based on looks and description.

Louis Prima

January 23rd, 2010
10:49 am

Tyler, you should post a You Tube clip of that exchange between your old man and Ms. Betty. That sort of hijinx would be very entertaining viral content

John Kessler

January 23rd, 2010
12:51 pm

Ms. Betty didn’t strike me as the kind of person who would throw someone out. She seemed very sweet.

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 23rd, 2010
1:34 pm

I prefer a vinegar based sauce and don’t care for a tomato based sauce but if I go somewhere that doesn’t have what I want, I just pick what I think is the closest to my preference and deal with it.

Fix your thought

January 23rd, 2010
2:22 pm

“I did think they both tasted reheated”

Did you proof your story? What has happened to quality journalist stories?

joe

January 23rd, 2010
4:28 pm

Tyler – you need to chill and stop going back and getting your own sauce.
Betty’s is great

John Kessler

January 23rd, 2010
5:43 pm

Fix –

“I did think” is the past tense of the emphatic “I do think.” Maybe a little clunky, but not ungrammatical…

Gahorn

January 23rd, 2010
5:49 pm

The best ribs are at my house cooked with mesquite wood and accompanied by my wife’s potato salad baked beans and her homemade BBQ sauce. I just can’t eat be satisfied at a restaurant anymore.

slickwillie

January 23rd, 2010
6:21 pm

You know, I looked up the definition of barbecue and I not one time did I see that a sauce had to be made a particular way for it to be considered barbecue sauce. I saw references to different types of styles. Most of the time the only reference to a sauce was a “seasoned” sauce. To each their own I say. Be creative. There may be another sauce waiting to be created that beats all. Enjoy yourselves and good eating!

mamita

January 23rd, 2010
6:50 pm

As a native Texan having grown up on beef barbeque, I have been unable to locate a good place for it. Any suggestions?

outonleave

January 23rd, 2010
7:15 pm

John, I live up Bouldercrest a piece from Betty’s (which has been through three or four or five incarnations since I’ve lived here), and I agree that the food there is wonderful.
One area in which I find myself disagreeing with you, is your bothering to explain to Fix the basic rules of grammar after he proved himself to be not only poorly-educated in grammar, but courtesy as well.

Nice “journalist story”, imho.

dagnabit

January 23rd, 2010
7:15 pm

smacking tyler- big talk from a keyboard.

Peace

January 23rd, 2010
7:29 pm

Its no wonder the world is the way it is today. You all can’t even converse about barbeque without behaving like idiots!

Jaw Drop Mountain

January 23rd, 2010
7:47 pm

L

January 23rd, 2010
8:11 pm

I’m going to try it!!
Thanks for all of your comments!

Quagmire

January 23rd, 2010
9:42 pm

Anne-Caroline Brown

January 23rd, 2010
11:19 pm

John, have you tried Community Q on Clairmont (same strip mall as Bojanic)? The brisket and mac and cheese is so good it will make you cry. They also have the BEST black eyed peas I have ever had in my whole entire life …. cooked with big chunks of ham and rosemary OMG so good…. BUT they are not on the menu and they only have them sometimes…. in my book, best Q in the city. Their ribs ROCK also…. OMG I am craving some now! Too bad it is so late… maybe lunch tomorrow.

AC

Marvin Mangrum

January 24th, 2010
8:20 am

C the freaking customer aint always right, and whatever moron that said that is probably well gone. If you dont like the way I fixed it get your money back and leave!

Paddy

January 24th, 2010
8:59 am

Guys, if it is really great Bar-B-Que you don’t need or want sauce on it. And I do believe Tyler and his daddy are pulling your combined legs and laughing behind their hands.

Ol Guy

January 24th, 2010
9:14 am

Hey John, don’t you just love it when your thread gets hijacked by idiots who want criticize any and all who respond,and then it goes off to best BBQ-I-Ever-Ate-land. Thanks for the info on Miss Betty’s, I’ll try it soon. That’s the reason I read your stuff anyhow.

BBQ Sauce

January 24th, 2010
9:28 am

My favorite part of eating BBQ is the regional differences in sauces. Each one has it’s time and place. I personally love the Memphis style dry rub on ribs, a honey-based sauce on chicken and all kinds on pulled pork. I grew up around sweet sauce, but really enjoy the East North Carolina vinegar style too. I do agree that great BBQ can be eaten with no sauce.

I will have to check her place out.

pgb

January 24th, 2010
9:54 am

I love Ms. Betty’s ribs! I no longer live over there and will still drive over there when I get a craving for her ribs. She is incredibly sweet and the old adage is true, you can taste love in her cooking.
Enjoy!

ATLien

January 24th, 2010
9:59 am

Save the ” the best bbq is at my house” comments. Unless you plan on opening the doors of your house and letting all of us try it.

ribguy

January 24th, 2010
10:06 am

tyler chill out, head back to your trailer.

Hontas

January 24th, 2010
10:15 am

I have to agree w/ Poca, JJ’s Rib Shack is worth the drive and the wait. And if the BBQ is really good then it really doesn’t need sauce. I say that because I always get my sauce on the side even @ JJ’s. And I totally detest BBQ baste in sauce…YUCK!!!!

Paddy

January 24th, 2010
10:20 am

Bar-B-Que Sauce…….I like sauce also. The sweet kind I will leave for others. It is rare that you find great Q. But when you do ,leave the sauce in the truck. A great rub and well prepared is the true meaning of Bar-B-Que IMHO. But if you must use sauce, wait till the food is on the table.

John Kessler

January 24th, 2010
10:28 am

OK — I’ve nixed a few of the more vulgar and combative comments that don’t really have anything to do with the subject. But my feeling is that anyone who wants to talk about the BBQ he makes at home, anyone who wants to argue the grammar and syntax of a post, and anyone who wants to pour a little vinegar sauce over these proceedings should be allowed to snipe.

Also – thanks for the recommendations buried in this comments section….I’ll be sure to make some notes.

MFOUTOUHI

January 24th, 2010
10:42 am

I am disgusted with the filthy language that goes with commenting on a fun topic – food! I’ve lived in Atlanta over 40 years and ohhh….if we could go back to the courteous and lovely way people treated each other when I arrived here. When I read some of the language on here, it only reinforces my thoughts that we have more than enough lowlifes in Atlanta. I really should ignore them, but it’s a sad commentary about this city. Anyway, I’m a Williams Bar-B-Que gal up by the Big Chicken in Marietta. they have an all you can eat special for 10.00

Jay

January 24th, 2010
10:51 am

Call me crazy…but does this plac hav a website?

mcm3m

January 24th, 2010
12:14 pm

you have never had ribs until you’ve had WW BOSS. THEY WILL BE MOVING BACK TO DECATUR NEXT TO REDLOBSTER ON CANDLER RD IN FEBRUARY. THE RIBS FALL OFF THE BONES. The sauce is very thick and rich and spicy and hangs on the bone. Sometimes I just ask for the sauce. It is finger licking good. THE RIB TIPS ARE GREAT THEY ALSO HAVE VEGGIES AND THE PEACH COBBLER IS AS GOOD AS GRANDMAS. BREAKFAST is also served there, very traditional Southern fare.

M. Johnson

January 24th, 2010
7:04 pm

To answer one comment above, Ms. Betty does sell beef ribs. You’ve given me a reason to go back and try them!

enick

January 24th, 2010
7:08 pm

Mfoutouhi- I agree with you about Williams Bros. BBQ. Very good.

Also, I’d like to recommend Low Country BBQ. However, I think they only cater.