Tasty ‘Cue is Waiting for You at the New Capp’s BBQ

By on August 31, 2012

Until about a week ago, if you wanted great barbecue in Tulsa you’d have to leave the city. You’d head up north to Sperry and Donny Teel’s domain, or south to Broken Arrow to Oklahoma Joe’s. Or go to Northside, or make it an early meal and have lunch at Burn Co. Today, good barbecue is as close as 11th Street. Just head a bit beyond Lewis and pull in at the Capp’s BBQ sign. Capp’s isn’t in the same league as the aforementioned places, but there’s still tasty ‘cue waiting for you there.

Walk inside and you’ll find traditional BBQ decor.

Knotty pine walls with tin accents and lots of framed photos. Capp Crowder, the owner, played football for TU, but the decor is ecumenical, with posters for baseball games and rock concerts crowding Crowder’s football mementos. Everything is brand-new, but Capp’s isn’t. It’s an established barbecue in Okmulgee. It attained unwanted fame 3 years ago when a huge truck crashed into it, but Capp rebuilt. Now he’s come to Tulsa. (The Okmulgee branch is still open and popular as ever.)

The menu has a full array of delights including loaded baked potatoes and fried catfish and shrimp. All the usual meats are available: sliced brisket, chopped brisket, pulled pork, smoked turkey, chicken and bologna. I ignored these and as always went for my favorite BBQ dish. And here it is.

A slab of ribs! (It’s $21.) Accompanied by a pint of potato salad ($4) and a side order of okra and cole slaw ($1.49 each). The cole slaw was very sweet (I liked that) and very good. The fried okra were even better and came in a big portion; next time I’ll get a pint of that. The potato salad was about average but a very good average it was and we happily finished it. Now, the ribs. Let’s zoom in closer.

As I said the ribs aren’t up to the standards of the region’s reigning champs. In fact they were a bit mushy. That’s because they’d been smoked so long. But they have a fine flavor, lots of smoke and spice and meaty goodness, and my friends and I happily devoured the whole big slab. And if you live in midtown, it’s so close to home! We finished our dinner before, had we gone to Oklahoma Joe’s, we would have arrived in Broken Arrow.

Now you’re probably missing my usual literary reference, and I can’t let that happen so here it is.
I’ve been reading the Iliad. It’s exciting and full of action; all but the last few pages takes place over the course of four or five days. The characters are for the most part surprisingly rich and vividly brought to life. Achilles develops over the course of the action in a way reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. And in fact if you read it in a good translation (I read Fagles) it’s on a par with Shakespeare in hypnotic mastery of surging language.

But when it comes down to it all these guys do is fight and eat barbecue!! Yes the meat is grilled rather than slow-smoked but that’s all they eat. They never bother to eat fish. And in fact the food, as well as sating hunger, has a social function of healing, of bringing people together. Here, in almost the final scene, is Achilles making peace with Priam.
“Expertly they cut the meat in pieces, pierced them with spits
Roasted them to a turn and pulled them off the fire.”
“But now at long last,” says Priam, who has been grieving for his son, “I have tasted food again.” Finally he is content. Eat at Capp’s and you will be too.

Capp’s BBQ
2604 E. 11 Street
699-0007
http://www.cappsbbq.com

Open 11 AM to 10 PM every day except Sunday, when they are closed.

Long article which I didn’t read on why they eat meat not fish in the Iliad.
http://rzeszow.academia.edu/PiotrBerdowski/Papers/994921/Heroes_and_fish_in_Homer_Palamedes._A_Journal_of_Ancient_History_3_2008_75-91

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Brian Schwartz: Author

Born in NYC, age 0, on my birthday. College in Oxford at age 16. Law School in New Haven, Conn. 6 years travel in Africa and Asia. Haven’t done much lately. Still, I’m the only Tulsa member of the little-known Omega Society.  www.theomegasociety.com

I speak enough Chinese to order food not on any English menu. Spanish French Italian too (not fluently but food-ently) My favorite restaurant is Jean-Georges in New York. But those NYC chefs would sell their soul to get the produce available from the farms around Inola.

“A writer writes alone. His words tumble forth from a magical inner void that is mysterious even to himself, and that no one else can enter.” And yet, the most important thing to me the writer is YOU. Without you to hear them, my words are worth less than silence.

Brian Schwartz

About Brian Schwartz

Born in NYC, age 0, on my birthday. College in Oxford at age 16. Law School in New Haven, Conn. 6 years travel in Africa and Asia. Haven’t done much lately. Still, I’m the only Tulsa member of the little-known Omega Society. www.theomegasociety.com I speak enough Chinese to order food not on any English menu. Spanish French Italian too (not fluently but food-ently) My favorite restaurant is Jean-Georges in New York. But those NYC chefs would sell their soul to get the produce available from the farms around Inola. “A writer writes alone. His words tumble forth from a magical inner void that is mysterious even to himself, and that no one else can enter.” And yet, the most important thing to me the writer is YOU. Without you to hear them, my words are worth less than silence.

12 Comments

  1. Jeremiah

    August 31, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    So many bbq places in this town. For some reason though, maybe your review, I actually want to go to this one. Nice article. I will be checking it out soon.

  2. Matthew

    September 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I’m confused. Burn Co is on 11th but isn’t “in Tulsa”. Capp’s is on 11th but IS in Tulsa?

  3. Larry

    September 4, 2012 at 11:56 am

    They are only 8 blocks apart. I will stick with Burn Co for now.

  4. Tulsa Food Guy

    September 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    What about Elmer’s, Albert G’s, Billy Ray’s & Watt’s? All solid options “in town”. Brian mentioned Burn Co. but that it’s only open for lunch.

    Looking forward to trying Capp’s. Never been to the one in Okmulgee but if it’s close to being as good as it’s counterpart in Okmulgee, Massey’s, then it’ll be a great addition to Tulsa’s BBQ scene.

  5. Cooter Brown

    October 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Back Alley Blues and BBQ down town is very solid as well. That’s in Tulsa as well.

  6. Marsha

    October 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Had the brisket sandwich, the bread fell apart and if there had not
    been BBQ sauce it would have been hard to swallow (very dry)the favor was good if you could get it down!!

  7. Brian Schwartz

    October 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    You’d have to be crazy to order fried catfish at a barbecue. Crazy like a fox! My second visit, a lot better than the first, and the catfish was incredible, right up there with Tulsa’s finest. The huge loaded baked potato ($7) wasn’t bad either… in fact the BBQ seasoning on it made it great. It’s topped with your choice of BBQ. Finally we had a Cappwich, their signature sandwich. A soft bun loaded with tasty chopped brisket, hot links, bologna. I poured on lots of their homemade BBQ sauce and it was great too.

  8. steve bradley

    December 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    we picked up food from the Tulsa store on Dec. 5…dinner for two.
    I have eaten BBQ around town for many years and this is the worst we have experienced. You should not be allowed to charge people for food this bad. The ribs were dry and cold, brisket was dry and bologna was only slightly better. Side orders were just OK.

    Many other places to eat BBQ in Tulsa and all will get my business before going back to or recommending Capp’s to friends.

    What a disappointing way to give away $21.79

  9. Shannon Beasley

    December 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Capps BBQ is the most HORRIBLE place to spend your time and money. I went to visit Capps BBQ in October bad experience. There was a black guy choking a white women who appeared to work there. I ask the server who was trying to take my order at the time, where was the owner. She said that’s him there I said the one that’s choking his employee. The server paused and did not say anymore I could tell she was afraid to answer anymore of my question. With a owner like him I would be to. I ran back out to my car with my husband to tell him what was going on. The girl that was being choked was running out of the back door to her car. The owner chased after her to her vehicle and began to punch her in the face as she was trying to get away from the angered employer. CAPP IS A WOMAN BEATER I will never eat there ever.

    • Tulsa_ld

      December 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      -I assume you called law enforcement? If not, please forgive my initial mistrust of your version of events…

      Tulsa_ld

  10. T jones

    March 13, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    What??? Woman beater?? What happened?

  11. Jacman

    September 23, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Ate in Capps on friday, this stuff would make good dog food, exactly what i did with it…..wont go back..

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