Tender Ribs At Master Blaster BBQ

Thursday, July 11, 2002 - by Janet Wilson
Master Blaster BBQ, located at 5835 Lee Highway has good, tender ribs.  Click to enlarge all our photos.
Master Blaster BBQ, located at 5835 Lee Highway has good, tender ribs. Click to enlarge all our photos.

We recently visited Master Blaster BBQ in their new location at 5835 Lee Highway – the corner of Lee Highway and Airport Road (once upon a time this was the location for Walt’s Bar-B-Que). They opened for business in their second location on July 8. They will still be operating the Master Blaster at the corner of Central Avenue and Rossville Boulevard where they have been for eight years.

The restaurant was rather quiet except for the television which was making a lot of “static noise” since the cable must not be turned on yet. Most everyone working at Master Blaster BBQ was very friendly and made you feel welcome.

Judging from the menu, this is strictly bar-b-que so don’t go expecting burgers and fries or anything of that nature.

Wayne and I both ordered the Rib Plate (small-end) ($8.12), which is accompanied by two sides (your choice of Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, or Potato Salad) and a bun. The ribs were extremely tender and easy to get off the bone. However, they were also very messy (but then I don’t remember eating many ribs that weren’t). It seemed there was a faint vinegar taste to the ribs, which was a little stronger than I like – although Wayne felt they were delicious and had no problem with the vinegar taste. It wasn’t so strong that I would not order them again – because they were good ribs! In fact, when they were reheated for lunch the next day, the vinegar taste was gone and they were better than the first time.

I did not like the Cole Slaw – or Wayne’s Potato Salad. To me they seemed to be the kind you buy pre-made at Sam’s (no offense, Sam) – and I just don’t like it. It’s that “too sweet” thing for me again – I guess I just have a low tolerance when it comes to putting sugar into everything. The Cole Slaw had a sweet taste and the Potato Salad included sweet pickles. As far as restaurants go, about the only Cole Slaw I like is at Bea’s – to me that is the perfect Cole Slaw! Neither of us had a problem with the Baked Beans.

The Master Blaster BBQ menu at this location includes (in addition to the Rib Plate we ordered) Shoulder Plates ($8.12); Chicken Plates ($6.50, $7.31 for white meat); Chicken Sandwich ($3.79, $4.25 for white meat); Rib Sandwich ($5.41); Shoulder Sandwich ($4.93); Slab of Ribs with two sides and four buns ($19.49); ½ Slab of Ribs ($10.83); Whole Shoulder ($27.06); and ½ Shoulder ($13.53). There you have the full menu – of course this does not include beverages.

You might want to go by and help welcome Master Blaster to the neighborhood during the hours of 11:00 AM and 11:00 PM Monday through Thursday, and until 3:00 AM on Friday and Saturday. They will be closed on Sunday.

And remember – if you know anyone who eats out a lot we have the perfect gift for them or even for yourself. We have the Adventures coupon books with even more coupons – 86 in all. These are perfect gifts for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and many other occasions. By using our Adventures book during 2001, Wayne and I saved over $436 that would have been spent out of our own pockets – and we didn’t even use all the coupons. To make shopping easier for you, we have credit card capability on the Chattanooga Dine Out site. We ship the same day you order (unless it’s Sunday) so your books should be received within approximately three days.

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