I have several places on my list to try in the Tulsa area and unfortunately most of them were closed by the time I arrived in Tulsa on a Saturday evening or don't serve at all on the weekend.... Doh!
So I went with one that has some relationship to one of the big players in the Kansas City BBQ scene and was open on a Sunday..... Oklahoma Joe's BBQ
According to the Oklahoma Joe's website this is a sister restaurant to the famous location that Anthony Bourdain has placed on his list of 13 places to eat before you die. Those are some pretty big shoes to fill.
So I went with a lighter two meat option choosing pulled pork and bologna with the standard sides of beans and spicy coleslaw that comes with twice buttered one sided toast and a sliced of wheat bread. There were three of us on this trip so my mom went with the rib and one meat option choosing pulled chicken, and my wife went with the sliced brisket. We also ordered a 1/2 pound of burnt ends. So we pretty much had all the meats covered but the sausages.
The pulled pork looked good and wasn't overly folded, chopped, spindled and mutilated. The moistness was there but I wasn't getting a lot of flavor. I made the best of the opportunity to try the hot sauce available on the table. It helped a lot although I didn't find it hot.
I tried a bit of my mom's pulled chicken. I've never eaten sawdust to try it's true texture but in my imagination the texture of this pulled chicken would be what sawdust texture would be. Didn't get a lot of flavor out of it either.
I've always thought that chicken breast in a Q-Raunt is risky to begin with because it is difficult to get right at the best of times. Pull it apart into smaller chunks and you're just asking for texture problems in my opinion.
The beans were pretty good with a couple of different types of beans, pieces and shreds of meat, and just a hint of spiciness in a sweet sauce. The spicy coleslaw was kind of a thin white sauce style of slaw with I believe some cayenne pepper added for just a very slight bit of heat. My mom ate it so it's not overly spicy.
The one sided toast was.... well.... it was one sided toast buttered on both sides. You also get a piece of wheat bread served under one of the meats. I used the wheat to make a little bologna sammich and the one sided toast worked for a palette cleanser between the other bites of meat.
Overall I think Oklahoma Joe's is a decent option for a Q-raunt and obviously from the lunch crowd on a Sunday it's a popular option in Broken Arrow. At the same time knowing that Oklahoma Joe's is an institution of the Kansas City BBQ scene. A scene I have not yet made it to try personally. I'm hoping it's not what I'll be eating when I finally make it to Kansas City. Because while I would probably add it to my regular rotation if I lived in the Tulsa area. I wouldn't make a 6 hour drive to eat it like I'll be making when I finally get to K.C..