This is Earl's Rib PalaceGreat BBQ Made by Great People
Smokin’ Since 1996
Whether you’re an Okie by birth or choice or are just lucky enough to be passing through, we’re willing to bet you’ve landed here for one reason – you love great BBQ.
Well, look no further, because Earl’s Rib Palace is great BBQ. In fact, it’s more than that.
Born and bred right here in OKC, Earl’s Rib Palace has been the definition of Oklahoma BBQ since 1996. Earl’s is owned and operated by life-long friends who grew up right here in OKC. Their passion was, and will always be to create BBQ and a welcoming destination for anyone wanting affordable, authentic BBQ.
There are five Earl’s Rib Palace locations in the OKC metro, employing over 200 Okies. And of course, we are proud to be a certified Made in Oklahoma (MIO) business. But the declaration that we ARE Oklahoma BBQ stretches beyond our Oklahoma roots.
Oklahoma BBQ is about the passion, the process, and the people.
BBQ lovers are passionate! Ask ten different folks what makes good BBQ, and you’re likely to get ten different answers. Every corner of the country touts their BBQ as being the best. Hot or cold smoked, beef or pork, dry-rubbed or drenched in tomato or vinegar sauce, everyone has their preference.
At Earl’s, we know Okies. And we know what Okies want from their BBQ. That’s why we start with quality meat, seasoned lightly with our proprietary dry rub, and slowly smoke it over Oklahoma’s finest hickory kindling. We spend a crazy amount of time on our food because we believe Oklahoma BBQ is more than just barbecue sauce.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re BIG fans of sauce, and we take great pride in ours. The Earl’s sauces (Hot and Not) are still made fresh daily from the same recipes we perfected 26 years ago when we first opened our doors on Western Avenue.
We subscribe to the philosophy that great BBQ is only as great as the people who make it and the people who eat it. Lucky for us, Oklahoma is all about great people. Kind. Genuine. Proud. Loyal. We strive to deliver those same qualities with every meal we serve.
At the end of the day, we believe great BBQ should cause you to hang around for one more bite, one more joke, and one more story.
So slow down and enjoy it.
This is Earl’s Rib Palace.
This is Oklahoma BBQ.
The Story of Earlywine “Earl” Jackson
Earlywine “Earl” Jackson was born in Eastern Oklahoma in the early 1900’s. Although the exact timeframe of his birth has been debated for decades (thanks to the fact that Earl never looked a day under 42, even as a child), the summer of 1909 seems to be the closest guesstimation.
What can’t be debated is that over the course of his illustrious life and career, Earl perfected his own style of BBQ and smoked it up to the delight of dignitaries, heads of state, movie stars, outlaws, and common folk alike.
Earl’s most famous admirer was none other than The King himself. Even though his BBQ is said to have single-handedly defused the Great Texarkana Uprising of 1947, Earl took great pride in the fact that while traveling as The King’s personal chef, the rock-n-roller gained over 50 pounds. Earl considered it his greatest life’s work!
It was widely rumored that because of their close friendship, The King was the only living soul to ever learn Earl’s secret BBQ recipes. A secret he took to his throne… and his grave. (That is, if you believe he actually died.)
In 1978, on the one-year anniversary of The King’s demise, Earl hung up his BBQ-spattered apron for the last time. Following his death, Earl (and his secret recipes) became legend. In fact, Earl’s recipes were sought after by chefs and collectors from around the world.
Despite what numerous tabloid stories and conspiracy theories suggested, his secret BBQ handbook of recipes, notes, and preparation directions was locked away, far from where anyone might be able to steal it.
That is until 1996 when the family felt it was time to bring Earl’s famous BBQ back to the people of Oklahoma and the world!
On June 20, 1996, exactly 87 years after Earlywine “Earl” Jackson was born, his great grandson, Merle Jackson, bequeathed the sole copy of Earl’s Official & Unabridged Handbook of BBQ Recipes, Sides & Such to two young BBQ aficionados from Oklahoma City.
They opened Earl’s Rib Palace on Western Avenue that same day to ensure his spirit and authentic Oklahoma BBQ recipes live on.
So if you ever feel like the eyes on Earl the Pig are following you around, don’t worry—that’s just Earl keeping his eye on things.