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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

Reid in EAV

January 24th, 2010
8:32 pm

I’m gonna put in a plug for my “local,” Wyatt’s BBQ on Memorial Drive at Wyman, just spitting distance from Ann’s Snack Bar (Home of the Ghetto Burger). Fantastic ribs, in particular, if you time it right. They start smoking *early* in the morning and you can get them fresh around midday. (In the evening, on the other hand, you’re apt to see your slab get pulled from a rubbermaid container. Ick.)

The place isn’t much more than a tumbling down single-wide augmented by a screen porch and of course, an attached smoker/chimney. But oh so good.

Renee

January 24th, 2010
8:54 pm

I have to say D&D BBQ on Sylvan Rd it sits right in the fork it used to be a gas station. The Ribs and Rib Tips are great, as well as the sides..they also have great chicken!!
I try to go once a week, but I usually end up going twice so I can get a look at the Young Man behind the counter that makes the best sauce and banana pudding..

MOT

January 24th, 2010
9:14 pm

BBQ Street in Kennesaw on Wade Green has really good bbq, home made sides, and catfish. MMmmmm best combo ever!

MOT

January 24th, 2010
9:15 pm

Oh and Dusty’s, though we haven’t been there in years, not sure it is still there….down near town.

Hollywood Don

January 24th, 2010
9:27 pm

Got BBQ sauce on the mouse again….Pabst/Kraft based……..crackin up reading the comments……where’s Earle & Joy when u need em???

Hollywood Don

January 24th, 2010
9:31 pm

Dusty’s in Emory closed last summer

Chaz

January 24th, 2010
10:36 pm

+1 on Wyatt’s… a real contender.

Stranger...

January 25th, 2010
1:36 am

If you want to taste some NC style pulled pork BBQ with a wonderful vinegar based sauce, then you must try Dre’s Place BBQ in Villa Rica. Its just off I-20, and I go there whenever I am on the way to Carrollton. The sauce reminds me of some great BBQ I used to eat up in the mountains of North Carolina. *yum* I just need another reason to travel back that way again. (I believe it’s closed on Mondays)

G

January 25th, 2010
2:09 pm

Thompson Brothers on Cobb Pkway.

http://www.thompsonbbq.com

2445 Cobb Parkway Southeast
Smyrna, GA 30080-3011
(770) 818-9098

BBQ feen

January 25th, 2010
2:39 pm

I prefer Shane’s. Everytime I go there it’s good never dried out. They also have a couple of sauces from mild to hot to choose from, and I luv their peach tea, but I can do without their sides and peach cobbler.

Shane's Boiled Meat

January 26th, 2010
12:58 pm

BBQ Feed – you got to be kidding. You want find any fire/smoke at Shane’s ’cause they cook their meat in a crockpot. It’s not dried out ’cause it’s stew, not BBQ!

Lil Lady

January 26th, 2010
1:41 pm

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

They have an outpost location in Johns Creek where you can dine and enjoy bbq. Their banana puddin used to be good but they altered the recipe and added a mousse topping.

G

January 26th, 2010
1:53 pm

BBQ feen – No smoke coming from Shanes…. But the sweet tea (peach) sounds like it might be good.

Jan

January 26th, 2010
3:17 pm

Tim’s Rib Joint in Dacula is great. Best collard greens and ribs around.

Big Earl

January 26th, 2010
3:28 pm

Tyler (and his Dad) sound like jerks …Low Country is the best for pulled pork … Dave Poe’s in Marietta is the best beef brisket … and the Rib Ranch has the best beef ribs “Fred Flintstone size” … I prefer vinegar based sauces mostly, but I also enjoy good rubs on ribs, mustard based sauce on chicken, and I’ve even had some tasty spicy tomato based sauces; variety can be the spice of life!

WhoCares

January 26th, 2010
4:16 pm

Can someone please post the hours and tell me if this place is inside or outside the perimeter on Bouldercrest?

Vivelena

January 26th, 2010
4:22 pm

That was insulting to Betty that Tyler and his Dad went to the truck to get their own sauce — But I find it quite hilarious!! Apparently, they’re really into the world of BBQ! Lol! Good material for a commercial.

Vivelena

January 26th, 2010
4:27 pm

My personal favorite BBQ place so far in ATL is still Fat Matts Rib Shack on Piedmont just off Cheshire Bridge Road. Yummy!!

FellowTexan

January 26th, 2010
5:16 pm

Mamita I am a Texan too. Try RollingBones on Edgewood Avenue. They have very decent brisket there, although I went today and it wasn’t as good as the first time, but this is the closet I’ve come to TX.

[...] Go tell Bill Addison where to eat barbecue, besides Ms. Betty’s. [...]

EAVer

April 13th, 2010
9:25 pm

Best BBQ I’ve ever had can be found at Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse, NY.

That said, I’ll make a list from the suggestions on this thread and do some comparison shopping…