Barbecue comes in many forms and flavors, so when I decided to make a solo visit to Bett & Bev’s BBQ in Jefferson for the first time, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the stand-alone restaurant tucked in next to a new bridge being built on Highway 4.
What I ended up with was a delicious, “six-napkin” lunch.
I arrived at about 12:15 p.m., one of four or five people there to eat. I ordered a pulled-pork sandwich combo with frips (French-fried potato chips), coleslaw and a Coke. I had no more settled into a table by a window than I looked back to find a growing line of people waiting to order. By 12:30, the parking lot was full of cars, and the people coming and going for lunch kept up a steady place.
I understood why when I took my first bite of my sandwich. Visitors are given a choice of sweet or spicy barbecue sauce, and I asked to have some of both. I started out thinking I would eat only half of the sandwich, taking the rest home to my husband.
The problem was, the meat was so tender and tasty, and the barbecue sauce so tantalizing, that I just kept on eating, wiping up the barbecue sauce from my hands and mouth about every few bits, hence the six-napkin lunch. About halfway through the sandwich, I added the spicy sauce, which had a kick but wasn’t so hot it numbed my mouth or made my eyes water.
Before I knew it, my entire sandwich was gone, and I had little room to finish the fresh, creamy coleslaw or the frips, although what I ate of both was delicious. I just couldn’t believe I ate the whole sandwich.
There’s no doubt this place, open for four years, has made quite an impression and draws a healthy crowd. Bett and Bev don’t own the place; it’s owned by their grandson, Adam Glawe, who named the place after his grandmothers. He did catering and sold barbecue from his concession trailer for a number of years before his patrons convinced him to open the restaurant so they could buy the food year-round.
You know the food is liked when people go out of their way to go to a restaurant that is tough to get to. You’ll know you’re there when you see a large wooden sign announcing Bett & Bev’s BBQ and that the meat is “Cooked slow, served fast.”Bett & Bev’s BBQ
901 N. Elm St., Jefferson
Mon. and Wed.: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thur. – Fri.: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Closed