Thursday, March 8, 2012

Spiced Right Rib House (Roswell, GA)

635 Atlanta Street
Roswell, GA 30075

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A lot of people ask me how I can eat BBQ every day. It's actually pretty simple...I don't. As much as I wish I could, it's not always possible. This past week I had a craving for some properly smoked meat. Usually when this occurs, I'll hit up some of my favorite spots such as Fox Brothers, Community Q, Heirloom, or G.C. BBQ. I try to keep official "hunts" reserved for other times just in case it happens to disappoint and can't satisfy my "carnivorous craving." It's kind of our rule. If we're craving BBQ, then don't do a "BBQ Hunt." I made an exception to this rule for Spiced Right Rib House to hopefully quell the hunger. We didn't make this exception because we've necessarily heard great things about the Rib House, but it was mainly due to convenience and hunger pangs.

We pull up...empty restaurant. I try to make conversation with the young man working the register. He informs me that he thinks Spiced Right uses pine for their smoking. This can't be true and our small talk is over. If you don't know, pine is considered a resinous wood. These types of woods can burn off harmful toxins or tars in the smoke and thus aren't usually used for BBQ. The smoke byproducts can sometimes cause allergic reactions or just make you plain sick. We placed our order of brisket, ribs, and pulled pork with two Lone Stars and hoped for the best.

The interior is decorated with old beer signs and has a small stage for blues on the weekend. Besides us there was only one other table occupied. A couple to-go orders were placed throughout our meal, but it didn't really fill up anymore than that. When our food came out, Jamie and I were both pleasantly surprised. It actually looked like good BBQ! The big, meaty spare ribs (hickory smoked...not pine) were very good. They were smoky, properly seasoned, and not too overcooked. These were a far better option than the Dreamland chain not too far down the road. My first bite of thick-cut brisket was just as pleasing. It had a nice salty crust and the meat was also cooked well. Unfortunately, the first bite was the best part of the meat as the rest was too tough and had not had enough time to reach that perfect 195-205 degree internal temperature. The pulled pork was also satisfying and moist with nice pieces of bark throughout our serving. It made a decent sandwich on their white bread with pickles and one of their two house sauces.   

Overall, Spiced Right is your best option in Roswell. It was solid enough to leave us satisfied and on our way stuffed.


  1. I drive past this place all the time and always wonder about it. I'll try it for lunch soon. Thank you for the review.

  2. Had recently gone hiking through the nearby trails while my truck was being repaired. I stopped by after about 3 hours on foot. Had a beer and the BBQ salad.........I never finish salads after the "good stuff" is gone, but I loved this one. I didn't have a guy at the register who's woodology ended my conversation, but honestly the girl who rung me up left me speechless.