Jiggs Smoke House

Bar-b-q | Roadside Stand | Sandwich Shop | Smoke House | Southwestern
One of the best

Jiggs is a shack by the side of the old Mother Road through Oklahoma. It has a front porch for settin’ a spell, and interior accommodations that include construction spools transformed into eating surfaces, as well as some kitchenette tables in a small annex near the meat counter. Wood-paneled walls are decorated with patrons’ business cards, a jackalope head, and odes to meat-eating heroes John Wayne, Bob Wills, and Marty Robbins. Washrooms are labeled “Toms” and “Hens.” The whole restaurant is perfumed by the smell of smoke and meat.

The beef jerky made here is outstanding — a tough and delicious chaw. Slices of loin as big as a handkerchief are desiccated in a dry mix of brown sugar, garlic, and cayenne pepper and slow-smoked over coarse-ground hickory sawdust for up to 24 hours. The result? Gnarled burnt-sienna-colored patches that pack a resounding harmony of beef, pepper, and smoke.

Unlike the mighty jerky, Jigg’s barbecue is all tenderness. But some of the specialty sandwiches are a different kind of challenge to eat. The Wooly Burger, for example: thirty-one ounces of smoked ham and summer sausage plus cheddar cheese, chow chow relish, mayonnaise and barbecue sauce. The menu calls it “2 lbs of fun!!!” Jiggs’ pigsickles, which are slabs of rib meat (no bones) with cheddar cheese and sauce, come in as doubles and triples. Normal-size sandwiches also are available; sausage and beef brisket are exemplary. No vegetables are available other than beans, potato salad, and potato chips.

What to Eat
Jiggs Smoke House, Jerky
The powerful aroma from this piece of jerky filled the car for days.
Jiggs Smoke House, Pigsickle
Plenty of napkins are needed for the boneless rib sandwich known as the pigsickle!
Jiggs Smoke House, BBQ Beef Sandwich
BBQ Beef Sandwich
The meat on the BBQ beef sandwich comes in large, well-sauced chunks.
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
12 stops | 334 MILES | 5 hr 46 min

There are good and interesting eats all along Route 66, from Chicago to San Berdoo. Oklahoma is especially well-endowed with restaurants that deliver good southwestern meals along with Mother Road flavor to the max. Here you find superb chicken-fried steak, some of America's finest hamburgers, awe-inspiring beef jerky, and a shockingly polite tea room.

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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