The more I think about barbecue, the more I start thinking that it’s one of our most important road food traditions.  The reason that it remains vital, besides the fact it’s good, is that it cannot be tamed.  It can’t be gotten out of a can; it can’t be frozen ahead.  BBQ doesn’t negotiate, and it suffers fools badly.  Barbecue requires time, smoke, and above all, skill.  Which is why attempts to corporatize it ultimately fail.

— Alton Brown

Feasting on Asphalt, Episode 2 - I Smell Pork

Smoke Daddy's Review of Betty Roses Little Brisket

<<Update: This location has closed, but there are two open locations in Abilene.>>

My favorites here were the banana pudding (don't miss this), the potato salad, and the slaw.  

MAIN FARE:Betty Roses Spread

  • Brisket - Held in a pan of water, so it is warm and moist... although still a bit chewy.
  • Rib - Fall off the bone.  Also held in water?  Pork has a serious 'funk'... mine tastes like sardines.
  • Sausage - Commercial sausage... Hillshire Farms?  There is a trace of spice on the finish.


  • Beans - Thin sauce, but good flavors.  Not mushy.
  • Potato Salad - Sour cream; shredded carrots; mostly mashed texture. Very good.
  • Slaw - Crunchy, sweet, & creamy.  Very good.
  • Sauce - Translucent & Tangy.
  • Banana Pudding - Homeade. Still warm... Delicious!

ATMOSPHERE:Betty Roses Pit

  • Converted gas station has good drive-up appeal
  • Small joint feel.  Friendly.
  • Smokehouse/Pit area adjacent to kitchen
  • First electric knife action on the tour
  • Relatively new management?
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