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The Rib Master: East Texas restaurant serves up freshly cut, cooked ribs with all the trimmings

By Christina Lane
March 20, 2013 at 11 p.m.


David Spivey opened a trailer in Teaselville in 2004, selling ribs with a special rub.

The rib master's food was so popular that Spivey closed down the trailer and went on to open three restaurants in East Texas and has more locations in the works.

"People love our rub and our glaze," Dina Hollowell, Spivey's business partner, said at their Whitehouse location.

Spivey was a paint contractor who enjoyed cooking in his spare time. As his original business began to change, Spivey saw the opportunity to go into the restaurant industry.

"He liked good food, good meat, and he enjoyed cooking," Hollowell said.

Ribs and turkey are the most popular items at the family-friendly restaurant with locations in Whitehouse, Bullard and Murchison. Rib Masters also boasts a slew of delicious sides, including potato salad, baked beans, corn on the cob and green beans, to satisfy any craving.

For two drinks and two large rib plates, which include two sides, a family can expect to spend $35 to $40 at Rib Masters, but the cost is well worth it.

"All of our meat is cut fresh here," Hollowell said. "There's no microwaving. All of our food is cooked here. We spend a lot of time training our employees. You have to know exactly when they're ready; they can't be too done or underdone."

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