Flavors of Chickasaw Country: Van's Pig Stand

Did you know Oklahoma has a state meal? I didn’t either! The meal was approved in 1988 by the 41stOklahoma Legislature and includes some of my favorites. The official dishes are fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, black-eyed peas, chicken-fried steak, strawberries and pecan pie. I’m full just thinking about all of that food. 

I think it’s fitting that part of the state meal is barbecue pork. Barbeque is a staple in Oklahoma. In every town, big or small, you’ll find incredible Oklahoma barbeque. One of our favorites is Van’s Pig Stand in Purcell!

Just like barbeque is an Oklahoma tradition, Van’s Pig Stand is an Oklahoma tradition. The first Van’s Pig Stand was opened in Oklahoma in 1928 during the oil boom. Even though oil booms come and go in Oklahoma, Van’s has stayed consistent. 

Van’s Pig Stand has all the meat you could want – ribs, brisket, turkey, pulled pork, sausage, hot links and chicken. After trying every type, I can honestly say every meat was incredible, and I can’t pick a favorite. If you want to try something a little different, I suggest the brisket burnt ends. But hurry, these go fast! 

Want to learn more about Van’s Pig Stand? Watch this video. 

Are you ready to visit Van’s Pig Stand? I am! I can’t wait to go back, and eat all the barbeque. When you visit, remember to use #routecc, and you might be featured on our social media!

I’ll see you at Van’s, 




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