Here in Oklahoma, BBQ is more than just a meal—it's a food group. And around these parts, it doesn't simply mean throwing down some hot dogs and burgers. Adding these BBQ stops is necessary if you're visiting soon or planning a trip.

One of my favorite things about moving from California to Oklahoma is getting quality BBQ in virtually any town you visit, regardless of size. I've rounded up some of my top suggestions for the best BBQ in Oklahoma.

Looking for the best finger-licking, need-multiple-napkins BBQ? Here's a list for your next road trip:

  1. OKC: Leo's Barbecue
    Featured on Food Network, Leo's Barbecue is a must-visit in Oklahoma City. Known for its tender ribs and delicious baked beans, Leo's has been serving classic BBQ flavors that locals and visitors rave about. Leo's is one of the first BBQ spots I visited when I started working in downtown OKC.

  2. Davis: Smokin' Joes Rib Ranch
    Smokin' Joe's Rib Ranch in Davis is famous for its massive portions and mouth-watering ribs. It's the perfect stop to indulge in a hearty BBQ while enjoying the charming small-town atmosphere. We go here every time we camp down in the Sulphur/Davis area, and we always have leftovers. It is one of my favorite ribs.

  3. Tulsa: Burn Co Barbeque
    Burn Co Barbeque in Tulsa is renowned for its perfectly smoked meats and innovative BBQ dishes. With a focus on quality and flavor, Burn Co has become a favorite among BBQ enthusiasts. It is a must-go when I visit Tulsa for a work event!

  4. Ponca City: Danny's BBQ Head Quarters
    In Ponca City, Danny's BBQ Headquarters offers a true taste of Oklahoma BBQ. Known for its brisket and homemade sides, Danny's delivers a satisfying BBQ experience that keeps patrons coming back.

  5. Lawton: John & Cook’s Real Pit Bar-B-Que
    John & Cook's Real Pit Bar-B-Que in Lawton is a community staple. Its slow-cooked meats and signature BBQ sauce make it a go-to spot for anyone craving authentic BBQ.

  6. Pryor: JL's Bar-B-Q
    JL's Bar-B-Q in Pryor is famous for its flavorful meats and friendly service. Whether you're a local or just passing through, JL's offers a BBQ experience that feels like home.

  7. Sallisaw: Wild Horse Mountain BBQ
    Wild Horse Mountain BBQ in Sallisaw is a hidden gem that BBQ lovers must try. Its rustic charm and delectable smoked meats make it a great place to stop for a hearty meal on the road.

  8. Broken Arrow: Smokies Hickory House
    Smokies Hickory House in Broken Arrow delivers some of the best hickory-smoked BBQs in the state. Their ribs and pulled pork are especially popular, drawing BBQ fans from all around.

Whether you're a local or a visitor, these BBQ joints are worth the drive. Bring your appetite and plenty of napkins because Oklahoma BBQ is an experience you won't want to miss. Enjoy the smoky, savory flavors that make our BBQ scene one of the best in the country!

Now, fellow Okies, who did I miss?