By Terry Harpole For the WPT
MABEN — Barbecue has long been a favorite of young and old in summer, winter and about any time. The community has its share of barbecue businesses, and in driving by, one can see they are doing well.
Ross’ Ribs and BBQ on Highway 15, just north of Faye’s Package Store, opened June 26. It is a family-run business, as the children of the Rosses can be found there helping out.
This place is in the same spot where Ronald Ross’ in-laws, Jesse and Goldia Burchfield, had a barbecue business and sold fruits and vegetables for more than 20 years while Jesse was employed at Bryan Foods in West Point. This was in addition to the entire family being employed to clean the Maben Methodist Church and the Maben Home Bank. So, this is a family that does not mind work.
Ronald is also employed by Waggoner Trucking hauling Nissan cars, and his wife, Christie, works at the Webster County tax assessor’s office.
Plans are to have a walled-in porch with tables able to seat 20 people and flatscreen TVs on the wall with access to sports channels. If customers call in or come in and place orders, they can keep up with all the sports while waiting.
Also, Christie Ross, like her parents, loves growing plants and plans on having flowerbeds around the business.
Ross’ Ribs and BBQ is open every Saturday, and has pulled pork, ribs and barbecue plates to go or to eat while there.