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It’s a little-discussed fact that, over the course of The Muppets, there have been 17 different Miss Piggys. Every time a contract dispute came up, the set would get quiet for a few days before a new pig in a blonde wig would show up, and the craft services table was suddenly stocked with BLTs, pork rinds and biscuits made with lard. Now that you’re hungry, here are some of OKC’s finest pork dishes.

— by Greg Elwell, photos by Mark Hancock and Garett Fisbeck

Guernsey Park

2418 N. Guernsey Ave.

guernseypark.com

605-5272

Taste buds take note. Guernsey Park recently stopped serving its tremendously delicious Thit Kho Tau pork and egg dish, but have no fear — it is not giving up on swine. This glorious half-rack of pork ribs is stacked with meat and glazed with an intoxicating mix of oyster sauce, brown sugar and Sriracha. On the side is tart and tasty kimchi cucumbers and a red chile and garlic slaw.

Pork Tamales at Tamales El Patio, sold by the dozen and 1/2 dozen.  mh
  • Pork Tamales at Tamales El Patio, sold by the dozen and 1/2 dozen. mh

Tamales El Patio

3421 SW 29th St.

605-1800

The first time a child who has eaten ubiquitous cinnamon Hot Tamales candies orders actual tamales in a restaurant can be traumatic. Help make their transition into eating real food less fearful by making sure they get pork tamales from Tamales El Patio. The richly seasoned filling pairs beautifully with the sweet corn masa exterior for a dish that is as satisfying as it is simple. If only it would sell bite-size versions in boxes at the movie theater.

Pork and Ham Banh Mi at Quoc Bao Bakery in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 28, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Pork and Ham Banh Mi at Quoc Bao Bakery in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 28, 2015.

Quoc Bao Bakery

2501 N. Classen Blvd.

760-6322

“BUN me. It’s pronounced B-U-N me,” said someone who is no longer a friend. Because what kind of friend brings pronunciation into question while you’re eating a delicious bánh mì sandwich from Quoc Bao Bakery? I’ll tell you what kind: an enemy. Let her go eat a gross turkey sub at a sandwich chain. Besides, you have a new best friend: those achingly tasty shredded pork and ham “buns.”

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The Mule

1630 N. Blackwelder Ave.

themuleokc.com

601-1400

How do you make a pulled pork sandwich better? Stuff it full of macaroni and cheese, of course! That’s what the owners of The Mule did when they created the Macaroni Pony. Served on a piece of jalapeño cornbread, it’ll kick your hunger in the gut like a donkey. Keep yourself from feeling like too much of an ass by ordering some fried cheese curds while you wait.

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Cajun King

5816 NW 63rd St.

603-3714

Hear ye, hear ye! All hail his majesty the Cajun King, regent by the grace of the buffet, defender of the pile of empty plates, head of the catfish fryer and server of the blackened pork chops. There is no shortage of swine cooked up in the Kingdom of Cajun, but none is quite as magnificent as the blackened pork chops. Put down some rice, grab a chop and pour a little gumbo on top and you’ll be living like royalty, too.

Owner Debra Ivory poses for a photo with Pork Rib Dinner at George's Happy Hog BBQ in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 28, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
  • Garett Fisbeck
  • Owner Debra Ivory poses for a photo with Pork Rib Dinner at George's Happy Hog BBQ in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 28, 2015.

George’s Happy Hog Bar-B-Q

712 Culbertson Drive

525-8111

The Bible says God took a rib from Adam to make Eve, but what it doesn’t say is how long it took the Big Guy to convince Adam not to eat her. Even in the Garden of Eden, everybody knew how good ribs were. Good news: Now you can just buy pork ribs at George’s Happy Hog Bar-B-Q, where the meat pulls away from the bone easier than a snake convincing a naked lady to eat an apple.

Jalepeno Bacon Cream Cheese Burger with fries and a coke, at the 15th Street Grill in Midwest City.  mh
  • Jalepeno Bacon Cream Cheese Burger with fries and a coke, at the 15th Street Grill in Midwest City. mh

15th Street Grill

1204 E. Lockheed Drive, Midwest City

15thstreetgrill.com

736-6575

Cows and hogs have always been friends, ever since they bonded over having nipples. So it’s nice to know that you can see those old chums reunited at 15th Street Grill when you order a jalapeño bacon cream cheese burger. The heat of the jalapeño meets the sweetness of cream cheese as a beef burger and smoked, cured and griddled pork belly resume their barnyard friendship deep in your stomach.

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