Please, help yourself to some salt.
I cannot guarantee an unbiased review of Steves Rib, because I know for a fact that I am biased. What Ill try to do here is be fair and accept your critique of that fairness.
No, I dont hold a financial stake in Steves Rib, nor do I have any connection to the owners. I have just eaten a lot of barbecue from Steves. The location in Edmond is a couple of blocks from the house where I spent the majority of my childhood and about equidistant from my old high school. For a year, I ate at Steves nearly every other day.
What Im saying is, its hard to separate my wistful longing for my carefree youth from the chopped brisket sandwiches I got from Steves.
Of the two locations, I prefer the one in Oklahoma City because its most like the one I grew up with. Here you walk along a glass case, ordering as you go before you reach the register. No waiters or waitresses. Not much waiting at all, really.
And the food is just classic barbecue. My personal favorite is the smoked turkey. It has a pretty clean flavor with just a hint of smoke. What youre really getting is a moist slab of tender meat to dress with Steves sauce. Between the sweet and the hot, I go for the hot, but your mileage may vary.
Steves barbecue is not the kind Id eat dry. It doesnt have that deepdown smoky flavor that carries the meat all on its own. But it doesnt have to, because the sauce packs a nice wallop.
You can get your brisket sliced or chopped, and I like the latter. That big pile of meat soaks up the sauce and makes for a very tasty sandwich. Its also a bit fattier, which means its juicy and more flavorful than the sliced.
one meat I can take without the sauce and still be happy are the ribs.
Steves Rib is aptly named, I guess, because these are nicely done and
really swallow up the smoke. The bark on the outside has enough chew to
be interesting, while the meat underneath is tender and sweet.
the side are baked beans that have a nice kick of sugar and spice,
although Id avoid the french fries if I were you. If you are desperate
for some starchy goodness, upgrade to the premium side list and get a
baked potato. Its worth it just to see them squirt enough liquid butter
to drown a lobster into the stillsteaming potato, but Id recommend
eating the thing while youre at it.
They have different kinds of fruit cobbler, which is usually a good bet, but one I rarely make. Im too taken with the giant slabs they call chocolate brownies, which are a sure thing.
Is Steves Rib good barbecue?
think so. But I cant be sure that half the flavor isnt provided by my
nostalgia gland. Whatever your opinion ends up being, it wont change
me one bit Ill keep going to Steves because its in my blood. Or
its in the sauce.
After so many years of going there, Im pretty sure Ive got some of that sauce running through my veins.
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