Hi friends! Proud Okie here.
Did you know that Oklahoma’s state meal consists of barbeque, fried okra and cornbread? That’s right! Oklahomans LOVE our barbeque. Pulled-pork, brisket, ribs … you name it, we eat it. That’s why, to kick-off this summer, we think you should try the best barbeque restaurants in south-central Oklahoma. There’s no better way to start your summer fun than by trying different barbeque.
Follow along as we guide you through the best meats in Chickasaw Country!
In downtown Ardmore, you will find a barbeque restaurant perfect for you to experience this summer. Their menu ranges from the classics (pulled pork, brisket and ribs) to bologna to burnt ends to the oversized stuffed spuds! You can order meat by the ½ pound, full pound or by the plate. You’ll want to save room for dessert because the banana pudding and cherry cobbler are out-of-this-world.
If you’re looking for classic barbeque, look no further than Bob’s Pig Shop in Pauls Valley! This restaurant is a staple in the community. It was opened in 1933 and has been serving mouth-watering barbeque ever since. The rustic feel and family atmosphere will make you feel right at home. You can order chopped brisket, a prime rib sandwich and even a hamburger.
There’s a reason Smokin’ Joes Rib Ranch in Davis won Best BBQ in the Best of Chickasaw Country awards for 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2021 … it’s THAT GOOD. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring Turner Falls or the Chickasaw National Recreation Area. Smokin’ Joes began in a gas station, but it quickly moved to a restaurant space because of its popularity. The menu has 11 meats, nine sides and three desserts. Oh, and don't forget the smoked ribeye on Friday & Saturday only!
As our barbeque trail comes to an end, don’t forget to try the Trail’s End BBQ in Wynnewood. Southern-style barbeque is the perfect way to satisfy your appetite. You can order meats by the pound and sides by the pint, quarter or half pan. If you want something a little smaller, try the dinner plates with a light side.
Jake's Rib is a family-owned and operated BBQ joint that has been established for over 30 years in Chickasha, Oklahoma. It's a great place to get some local barbecue flavor in massive portions. Try the meaty pork ribs with curly fries or the sliced beef dinner with tender, smoky roast beef and sides that include coleslaw, green beans and potato salad!
We hope you enjoy the delicious barbeque in south-central Oklahoma as much as we have and remember to wear your most elastic-waisted pants! While you’re exploring Chickasaw Country, use #VisitChickasaw to tag us on social media.