Great Ribs… No Bones About It!
The Rib Shack is one of those off the beaten path, hidden secrets that the locals don’t want you to find out about. Located at the end of Upper Middle Creek Road, you can see the Rib Shack from the Parking Lot of Dunn’s Market. Boasting the best BBQ in the county, the rib shack has amazing food in a down home atmosphere.
The Rib Shack is not as hard to find as you might think. Let’s assume that you are headed down the Parkway in Pigeon Forge towards Gatlinburg. Take a left at traffic light number 8 and head up the hill as if you were going to Dollywood. When you get to the traffic light at the top of the hill, turn right onto Dollywood Lane. Follow Dollywood until it turns into Upper Middle Creek and then continue down this road until it dead ends. You are now at the intersection of Upper Middle Creek and Birds Creek. Dunn’s Market will be on your right. Turn left and take the first right turn that you can take, onto Pittman Center Road. The Rib Shack is just on your left.
A Few things you need to know about the Rib Shack. Number one, there is no inside dining room. You sit in a separate room from the kitchen. It is screened in with fans so it can get a little warm in the summer but the windows close and it is heated so it is nice and toasty in the winter months. Also, they do not take credit or debit cards so you will need to bring some cash. Now for the food.
They do have some of the best BBQ that you will run across on the Tennessee side of the Smoky Mountains. ALl the foood at the Rib Shack is fresh and wonderful but face it, you are going there for the BBQ and you are not going to be disappointed. Their menu is not huge and fancy: a chicken dinner, a pork dinner, a rib dinner and a pulled pork bbq sandwich. Ste to the window, choose your favorite meat and place your order. Wait on the porch for your food, pull all the smells into your nose – the smells at the Rib Shack are truly part of the eating experience. When your food hits the counter, take the time to walk to the dining room before you a start eating, you are going to have to struggle to keep from eating it right at the counter. When you sit down, you are ready for one of the best bbq meals ever. Tender, seasoned, and ready to covered with their signature sauce. Your mouth is going to be watering before your rear end hits the seat.
Get out of the ordinary. Try something a little different. Eat where the locals eat. Try the Rib Shack.
The Rib Shack
Pittman Center Road