There once was a day that the Okie Foodie did not like BBQ. There once was a day the Okie Foodie was not very smart… At one point in my life I would complain profusely every time I would be with someone and they would want to eat BBQ. I turned my nose up like I was too good for the succulent, smoked meat, and then Roy’s BBQ in Chickasha came into my life.
It was 2002 and I was a senior at Marlow High School. I was heading to a football scrimmage and happened to be riding with a fellow cheerleader, the high school football coach’s wife, and her family. I remember one fella in the car suggested that we stop in Chickasha at Roy’s BBQ since we were passing through. I sat in the back of their Suburban loathing the fact that I was going to have to put BBQ in my super hungry belly. I of course pretended I was excited to eat at this place to be polite…even though I had never even heard of it. We pulled up to this shack off of Highway 81 in Chickasha, and I’m not going to lie, I was really nervous to go in. The place did not quite look like your typical restaurant with the cinder block walls and its neon sign on top, but since I wasn’t running the show I was stuck. We walked in and sat ourselves in one of the gingham checked tablecloth covered tables and I looked at the menu with dismay. All they had was ribs, brisket, chopped pork, and chopped beef. I did not know what I was going to do as I was NOT a fan of BBQ. Usually when I was dragged into a BBQ setting, I figured brisket could be covered in enough sauce that I could at least pretend to like it. So I got my food, and literally MY LIFE WAS CHANGED. I suddenly had the most perfectly moist beef brisket in my mouth, with the perfect spicy vinegar BBQ sauce, topped off with the most amazing cole slaw and potato salad I had ever had, all complemented by Roy’s signature waffle fries. I was hooked at this point. I was OFFICIALLY a BBQ fan. This single meal at a shack in Chickasha changed my foodie life.
My sweet dear husband Joe Bob and I have our relationship based on a few things: our love of music, our obsession with OU football, and our passion for eating great BBQ. We travel the state and the country in search of BBQ even with our honeymoon spent in Memphis, TN touring the city’s fine BBQ establishments. I like to think of myself as a southern BBQ fan. As many of you know out there, there are four locations of distinct BBQ: Memphis, South Carolina, Kansas City, and Texas. I personally would like to add a fifth location of great BBQ and that is Oklahoma. We cook beef and pork equally great and have sauces here in our state that are a little on the spicy side with a strong vinegar flavor. I personally favor this flavor as opposed to a sweet Kansas City sauce or a mustard based South Carolina sauce.
Joe and I are the perfect balance of a BBQ couple. I prefer beef brisket and he prefers pork ribs. At every BBQ restaurant we get to try the food full circle. I love the brisket at Roy’s. It is perfectly moist without being greasy and is complemented perfectly with their spicy BBQ sauce and some onions and pickles. I always get the half order and find that this is plenty of food for me. I get their cole slaw, which has more of a salty, spicy flavor than normal cole slaw and their potato salad. Joe always gets their pork ribs that have so much flavor and have the perfect fall off the bone, greasy consistency. He complements his pork with baked beans which are not sweet, but have a more salty flavor and potato salad. They also bring out the perfect amount of white bread to eat with your meal.
Every time we drive through Chickasha, we make sure to stop by Roy’s for some of the best BBQ in Oklahoma. This place is usually packed. They are closed on Mondays and they kind of close when they want in the evening. You seat yourself and they do quite a few of to-go orders. This place is a true Oklahoma staple restaurant. It is a great BBQ experience that you wouldn’t quite expect here in the Sooner state. You have to pinch yourself to realize that you are not in the deep south. This is absolutely one of my top 5 restaurants of all time.