If 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.
I 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.
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.