Oklahoma boasts a diverse, rich BBQ tradition, a Fourth of July staple. If you’re traveling in Shawnee for the Fourth, make it a long weekend of exploring some of the best BBQ in town (in between the downtown Independence Day celebrations, of course). Start at Billy Boy Bar-B-Que for casual scratch-made comfort food on the side with multi-hour smoked ‘Q as the main star.
Van’s Pig Stands is a local chain famous for ribs, burgers and southern sides. Their Famous Pig Sandwich is a must, or get the Big Rib Dinner served with Texas Toast. On the side, baked or green beans, cole slaw, fried okra and mac and cheese are all popular picks. Save room for their dessert, including rum pie and carrot cake.
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RibCrib BBQ and Grill is another local chain favorite serving up brisket, ribs, sandwiches and sides in a low-key environment. Try the award-winning championship ribs including baby backs, St. Louis style and ribsanity. There are plenty of sauces to choose from, but Oklahoma (sweet and sticky) is a local favorite.
Robb’s Smokehouse offers the brisket dog, Polish sandwich, rib dinners and homemade sides like a smoked spud, and nothing ends it as nicely like as a house cookie for dessert. Try them all and find out for yourself why Oklahoma barbeque is so crave-worthy.