If Tulsa is known for anything, it’s great barbecue. There seems to be a joint on every corner yet many flock to the big chain restaurants; those places have nothing on what real Oklahomans can produce. Asking locals as well as a little digging will bring a plethora of little-known but fantastic restaurants that produce mouth-watering barbecue.
You don’t have to ask around to find the best and most succulent ribs in T-town…they’re listed right here and waiting for you to eat and leave with a ring of barbecue sauce around your satisfied smacker.
Located at 41st and Peoria, Elmer’s offers barbecue that is not only delicious, but weekly specials and giant portions. When customers and staff say that you can smell the smoke before you arrive, they aren’t kidding. It’s a true Tulsa staple. Elmer’s offers home-town goodness and is famous signature sandwich, the “Badwich”. Parking is usually plentiful and hours are 11am to 8pm Tuesday through Thursday with an added extra hour on weekend evenings.
Knotty Pine is the quintessential barbecue joint. Their sixty years of service to the Tulsa community has not gone unnoticed. Their charter restaurant, located in West Tulsa, burned to the ground years ago, much to the sadness of the customers. They rose from the ashes to open not only one but two new places in the area. Checkered table cloths and flesh flowers adorn the tables but the real wows are the sauce and baked beans. Parking is abundant at both locations.
Like many barbecue joints in the area, Joe’s is an Oklahoma staple and was built on a love of barbecue and a pipe dream that came to fruition thanks to dedication and meat-loving customers. Joe’s is special for many reasons but one is that they are located next door/in the historic Cain’s Ballroom for lunch on weekdays but during special Cain’s concerts, in the evening as well. Tuesdays are “all you can eat” barbecue for $14.99. Parking is plentiful.
Dining at Anthony’s is akin to eating a home-cooked meal by our mommas. Not only is their sauce fantastic, so are their desserts. The establishment goes above and beyond to provide the best service imaginable which is what us Southern folks expect out of a great place to dine out. Parking is great and the dining room is open from 11:30am to 8pm weekdays with shorter weekend hours.
Leaving chain barbecue restaurants behind is so easy when regular old’ joints like these are available. The smokiness of the meat, the love put into the sauce, and the hometown personality of the staff shines through in every visit.