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The King has entered the building

The King of ‘Que, that is.

And he delivers.

To the Campbell.

We’ll just let you ponder that a moment while you click over to our reservations page. ;)

Capp Crowder, the “King of ‘Que,” has opened his new Capp’s BBQ restaurant on Route 66, half a block from the Campbell.

Crowder, a 1994 graduate of the University of Tulsa who played wide receiver for the Golden Hurricane, opened his first restaurant in Okmulgee in 2008.

“I was in the mortgage business my entire life, and when it went kinda crazy back in 2008, that’s when I moved over to the barbecue business,” Crowder said.

Crowder hasn’t forgotten his TU roots. He said students can use their Gold Cards in the restaurant, and he offers free delivery to the TU campus.

He’ll deliver to The Campbell Hotel, too.

Crowder said he smokes his barbecue “slow and low” — 12 to 14 hours for brisket, and about eight hours for pork shoulder — and makes his own sauce.

He hesitates to define his style of barbecue, which is influenced by several regions: It has the dry-rub seasoning favored in Memphis, accented with the customer’s choice of a sweet, Oklahoma-style sauce or a spicier, Kansas City-type sauce that Crowder describes as “gritty, vinegary, not too hot.”

Crowder leaves the amount and type of sauce to the diner’s discretion, trusting the meat to stand on its own rather than drowning it in seasoning — the mark of a confident pitmaster.

In addition to ribs, brisket, and pulled pork, Capp’s offers smoked turkey and chicken — which he suggests as a healthful option for dieters — as well as fried catfish and shrimp for those less interested in counting calories. Sides include fries, okra, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad and onion rings, and trays are garnished with thick, crunchy dill pickle slices and pepperoncini. Beginning today, beer will be available to wash it all down. Other beverages include several kinds of pop, iced tea, and Southern-style sweet tea.

All meals come with a side of easy humor and are served in a comfortable, welcoming dining room with an eclectic decorating scheme that celebrates Route 66, Midwestern baseball, and of course TU football.

Capp’s is located at 2604 E. 11th St., half a block west of The Campbell Hotel, and is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. For more information or to place an order, call (918) 699-0007.

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One Response to The King has entered the building

  1. Linda says:

    That’s definitely on my list for my next Tulsa visit.

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