I have chased the Maples Barbecue truck down a few times. Sometimes it’s not been where I can get to it in time and often it was sold out. Thank goodness they now have a brick and mortar located in the Plaza District.
I’m not going into the whole Franklin Barbecue speel, as I’m sure everyone has heard the story of how Maples studied the famous East side Austin joint that people line up for hours at. All I’m going to say about that is …thank goodness we don’t have to drive to Austin. You can get that beautiful experience right here in Oklahoma City now thanks to Todd Woodruff and his crew, namely pittmasters Cody Davis and Zach Edge.
Made in the style of Texas BBQ, basic salt and pepper rubs, a simple spray of apple cider vinegar, and a lot of tender-loving, slow-smoking care go into their meats. As in 12-14 hours over post oak only (i.e. really good wood). They’re picky about their meat quality too, using USCA prime beef, just about the best quality brisket you can find around these parts.
If none of that means anything to you, just know it’s really good stuff!
And their sides are pretty doggone tasty as well! Those beans…swoon.
Burnt. End. Beans.
Need I say more? And the Custard Mac & Cheese is pretty awesome as well.
Maples is a very casual setting with picnic tables to sit at community style.
We visited Maples over the holidays and I just love seeing my girls together as Kayla was home from California. According to her, good BBQ is hard to come by in sprout-loving Cali, so when she’s here she craves some good ol Southern BBQ.
There is a small bar at Maples.
And a cute little patio outside which will be nice later in the spring to sit at and watch the popular Plaza District happenings at.
Before we left, I had to go look at for the smokers. I knew they’d be around back…and had a pretty good idea where.
Anytime you see wide open windows in late December you know there’s a ventilation need of great proportions. Like post wood oak smoke…
And there they were in all their glory. These make our smoker at home look like a tin can.
On a side note, apparently the real treat is the beef ribs served only on Saturdays until they sell out so one day soon, we’re going early and getting us some of THAT goodness!
Our family is crazy about BBQ.
Or possibly just plain crazy.
1800 NW 16 St
Oklahoma City, OK
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