Tuesday, December 8, 2009

BBQ Chop Shop

7801 N. May

Oklahoma City, OK 73116


Open M-Sat 11-9


Update: This joint is CLOSED. Call 405-802-5966 if you'd like them to cater.

2009: This new joint is Nichols Hills is run by an unlikely couple in a (barely) remodeled Pizza Hut. Cutting the meat behind the counter is not the large burly pit master stereotype, but instead a diminutive, bespectacled fan of the Ramones and Black Flag. Each foil-wrapped meat is taken from the warming oven, unwrapped and sliced right there in front of the customer. Custom cutting requests are welcome, so I asked for some crustier ends of the brisket. A three meat plate of brisket, ribs and pulled pork was easily enough for two. Cole slaw and creamy corn on the side were both very good, but the meats stole the show.

Ribs were huge with incredible flavor. The smoky meat had perfectly rendered fat throughout with a bold flavor from the good crust and a simple rub. Brisket slices were very moist with smoke flavor throughout. The crust and smokering were impressive, and the these slices were the first to disappear from the plate. Pulled pork, an OKC staple, was equally moist, and the texture was perfect. Bits of fat and deeply smoky crust were mixed in with the flavorful meat. Sauce was served on the side, but the meat needed no adornment. After eating at several lackluster joints in OKC, it was good to find a newcomer that is such a solid performer.

Rating ****
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Jake said...


The Oklahoman's video review of the place.

Beat NAVY!

Gene Rickman said...

I have gone to two bbq joints just because you rated them 4 stars Mishaks in Garland and the OKC Chop shop and neither of them disappointed. The chop shop was delicious. Some coworkers and I went for dinner last night and it was amazing. I have recently moved to OKC so please keep the Oklahoma reviews coming.

BBQ Snob said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'll have six more reviews of OKC joints coming online in the next couple of weeks. You might also want to try Bedlam BBQ.

Gene Rickman said...

Bedlam is a regular dinner spot for us. it is also pretty good.

Anonymous said...

This place is not closed. I just went there today and it was great.

Chad said...

Hey, thanks for supporting us and helping promote our catering business... The number above is posted incorrectly it is actually 405-802-5966. Thanks again guys for the support!!

Anonymous said...

It's closed and there is a for lease sign on the premises.


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.