One of the things I have come to learn to love about Oklahoma is the BBQ. I had absolutely no idea that there were so many different types and styles! I also didn’t know that Oklahoma City has it’s own style and that it is internationally known.
That’s right, Oklahoma City is world famous for it’s BBQ and most people don’t even know it!
Oklahoma City is sweet and hot. Heavy on molasses and black pepper, the sauce is often tangy and sweet. It’s often served on chicken and pork. It can be found on just about everything here, including salads.
One of my favorite recipes is a pulled pork sandwich made with Oklahoma City style sauce, onions caramelized in a local beer called Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb! Imperial Stout and brown sugar, crisp pickles, then topped with coleslaw cut cabbage on a pretzel bun. It’s easy to make, but you can’t tell!
BBQ is traditionally made on the grill, usually over a hot, open flame. Some people like the sauce to crisp up, saying that it is a little bit sweeter when it is overcooked. (I personally can’t tell the difference.) Usually it is put on meat, but it can often be found with vegetables or as a side dip.
There are a few BBQ recipes that can be cooked indoors, like Lil Smokies-an interesting dish that consists of appetizer sausages cooked in a BBQ sauce, usually in a crock pot or on the stove. There are several others, like BBQ chicken roasted in the oven.
However, most of the dishes cooked inside seem to be made with a dry rub, rather than the BBQ sauce. A dry rub is simply the spices that are added to the ketchup or tomato paste, mustard and molasses. Every family seems to have their own recipe that they use on special game days, summer holidays and days spent at the lake in the summer.