Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Jake's Rib

OKLAHOMA: Jake's Rib
100 Ponderosa Dr

Chickasha, OK 73018


Open M-Thur 10:30-9, F-Sat 10:30-10, Sun 10:30-8

Jake's was the last of nine stops in Oklahoma over a few day's time, and it wasn't all that I hoped for. I'd heard that Jake's was one of the best in the state, and that their portions were enormous. After checking out the Christmas lights just up the road, the whole family parked while I ran in for an expensive to-go order. A small two-meat plate cost $16. It came with two sides and had marginally larger meat portions than I'm used to in a $10 combo plate, but I didn't see an overall value.

While there was plenty of meat, it can't be considered one of my better meals. The brisket had a singular consistency reminiscent of lunch meat. All crust and fat had been completely trimmed. The smokering was an odd shade of pink and abnormally thick. The slices were also abnormally large from being sliced on an extreme bias, but the smokiness and overall flavor were anything but bold. Ribs were a bit better, but they oddly serve a mix of St. Louis ribs and spares. Each rib glistened with a light brown sheen, and the most powerful flavor was salt. As with the brisket, smoke was also missing here. At least the okra was good and crispy.

Rating **
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Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.