Where to find this tasty summer staple.
Few things pair with summer as perfectly as Oklahoma barbecue. The number of accolades accumulated by the joints on this list may surprise you and should certainly excite you. They’ve satisfied hungry travelers from across the country, and this summer could be your turn to try barbecue you can’t find anywhere else but here on Adventure Road.
The Butcher BBQ Stand
Arrive early because you do not want to miss this champion-level barbecue. The father-and-son team has been named grand and reserve grand champions close to 100 times for their ribs, brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, chicken and melt-in-your-mouth burnt ends. Other menu standouts include apple pie baked beans and the Rednexican Nacho: tortilla chips topped with white queso, roasted corn and beans, BBQ sauce, fresh cilantro and jalapeño and your choice of brisket or pulled pork.
Bob’s Pig Shop
Let the tempting smell guide you to an Oklahoma favorite since 1933. Bob’s Pig Shop in Pauls Valley smokes delicious brisket, ribs, pork, bologna and offers Tex-Mex favorites like tamales, chicken enchiladas, burritos and more. The flavor can’t be beat, nor can the rustic atmosphere and neighborly service.
Ray’s Smokehouse BBQ
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Returning to his Norman roots, former footballer for the University of Oklahoma and the New York Jets Darrol Ray is now a major player in the barbecue game. Ray’s Smokehouse in Moore and Norman serves up dinner combos made with its award-winning smoked meats and sides. You know it’s good if it’s known for “ribs so tender you don’t need teeth!”
Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch
A generous platter of flavorful barbecue is the perfect way to commemorate an adventurous day exploring Davis. Fit for two, or an extra hungry one, lunch and dinner at Smokin’ Joe’s features your choice of pulled pork, smoked ribs and sausages, homemade potato salad, baked beans, fries and a variety of desserts. Available to dine in or take to enjoy by the lake!
Clark Crew BBQ
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Earning over 700 Top 10 Awards and World Championship titles, it’s safe to say Clark Crew BBQ knows a thing or two about competition-quality food. You can choose from nearly every protein imaginable, including turkey and burnt ends. The menu also boasts spuds, brick oven pizzas, house-made desserts and exciting sides like crispy fried pork rinds, deviled eggs, cheese curds, loaded cheese fries and cornbread.
Back Door Barbecue
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With technical skills honed in fine dining experience comes a refreshingly unique style of barbecue on Uptown 23rd Street. Back Door perfectly executes all the beloved staples of great barbecue along with fantastic sides and interesting additions like smoked duck and lamb. Just wait until you try The Hotcue: a grilled cheese on Texas toast with chopped brisket and locally made Schwab hot link.
From Leo’s Barbecue on Facebook.
After being featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Leo’s Barbecue has rightfully received the recognition as a top contender in Oklahoma barbecue. Its hickory smoked ribs, brisket, hot links and bologna are quality every time, but the friendly staff that takes care of you will have you hooked. Don’t forget the classic sides and a slice of the famous Strawberry Banana Cake.
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