May is National Barbecue Month, and we’re celebrating by honoring some new and inventive concepts in the metro.
By Jacob Threadgill with photos provided
1800 NW 16th St.
maplesbarbecue.com | 405-604-3344
The longtime food truck opened its 16th Street Plaza District location at the end of 2018, where it showcases true Texas-style smoked meats using post oak and two huge smokers that are manned around the clock. The Pitmaster sandwich offers pulled pork, chopped brisket, sausage, jalapeño and slaw on a bun. Be sure to save room for the custard mac and cheese that cuts like a cake and has a crispy top.
The Krow’s Nest BBQ & Catering
1715 NW 16th St.
thekrowsnestbcc.com | 405-430-0116
Located inside Saints in 16th Street Plaza District, The Krow’s Nest offers delectable mash-ups like smoked hot links and pulled pork on top of a smoked burger. The menu includes both wet and dry ribs and smoked brisket, but The Krow’s Nest also caters to non-meat eaters by smoking eggplant and tofu and offering a vegan chili twice a week.
Smoked Out BBQ
6220 Northwest Expressway, Suite B
smokedoutbbq.green | 405-985-6328
Another successful food truck to brick-and-mortar transition, Smoked Out BBQ opened in August of last year. Building off generations of a family recipe, it offers chicken, pulled pork, hot links, smoked sausage, brisket and pork ribs. It has indulgent desserts like banana pudding, triple fudge brownies, fried peaches and Apple Crescents.
Deckle Smokehouse BBQ
324 W. Edmond Road, Edmond
decklesmokehousebbq.com | 405-657-2992
Operator Andrew Liu has a successful barbecue history, and he brings his Texas-style fare — using three types of oak — to Edmond. The menu is full of huge sandwiches on housemade brioche rolls, and there is a pair of food challenges for the adventurous. But it also offers interesting side items like Asian-inspired coleslaw, edamame-spinach hushpuppies and taro root brisket tostadas.
Jo-Bawb’s Championship BBQ
7921 Northside Drive
jo-bawbsbbq.com | 405-479-0187
Jo-Bawb’s is home to an accomplished competition barbecue team, competing in some of the nation’s most prestigious events. After opening a restaurant in Wyoming, the team has partnered with local operators to open a mobile smokehouse in Oklahoma City last year. It is set up most days at Northside Drive, but check its website for details. Wednesday wing specials can’t be beat.
801 SW 119th St.
cornishsmokehouse.com | 405-703-1300
Since debuting its brick-and-mortar last year, Cornish Smokehouse stands out from the pack in the barbecue field with its smoked fried chicken and jerk sauce made with ingredients shipped from Jamaica. You can also check out its soul food offerings on Sundays.
301 W. Main St., Moore
fattyssmokehouse.net | 405-794-4584
This recent addition in Moore smokes its burgers that can be topped with smoked bologna, bacon jam, brisket or pulled pork. It also offers smoked chicken and jalapeño cheddar sausage, chili made with smoked meats and deviled eggs topped with pulled pork, sauce, bacon jam, bacon dust and chives.