AT hasn't been out on the barbecue trail lately, but Natalie Mikles has.
Mikles, a writer for the Tulsa World, has published a couple of recent stories on prize-winning Oklahoma barbecue. Just the other day, the newspaper published a feature story on Sperry's Donny Teel, who was proclaimed "one of the world's greatest barbecuers."
Since we haven't eaten at Buffalo's BBQ, we can't vouch for this claim. But Mikles has plenty of evidence to support the headline that Donny Teel is the real barbecue deal. He works out of a trailer on Highway 11 in Sperry. On weekends, he's on the road to barbecue competitions around the country.
From the sound of it, Teel sells lots and lots of smoked meat. Mikles recommends Buffalo's ribs, sliced beef sandwiches, and smoked pork.
Some other barbecue recommendations from Mikles:
• Wild Horse Mountain Bar-B-Q, south of Sallisaw
• Smokehouse Bob's, N. 11th Street in Muskogee
• Leo's B-B-Q, N. Kelly in OKC