The BBQ Chop Shop, 7801 N May Ave., opened five months ago, hoping to change the face of barbecue.
Owner Chad Verstuyft came up with the name as an homage to the barbecue joints where he's worked, which are scattered from San Antonio to Edmond and plenty of spots in between.
"We're using a little bit from all the places I've been," he said. "So, we're building this place from all those parts."
But Verstuyft and his wife Erin are drawing from a lot more than just the barbecue from their past.
Verstuyft's time spent in bands, promoting, skateboarding, selling wine and working in a theater projection room also helped conceive the BBQ Chop Shop.
While you're waiting for your ribs, brisket, sausage, pulled pork or turkey to emerge from the smoker out back, you'll doubtlessly notice the poster of Iggy Pop next to the entrance or the Ramones poster just to the east. Bob Dylan and Bob Marley have homes on the wall. In the hot pink ladies room, you'll be welcomed by the Rolling Stones insignia. In the men's room, patrons must park next to Clint Eastwood in full Outlaw Josey Wales regalia.
But there's much more to come.
"We're just getting started," Verstuyft said. "We've got a lot more memorabilia to put up, and eventually I want to bring in live music — maybe build an outdoor stage."
The music choice could well be piped in from The Spy, but Verstuyft says if you don't like what you're hearing, feel free to bring in your own music.
"Bring me a CD and we'll play it," he said.
Don't let Verstuyft's passion for music fool you, he's committed to great barbecue and spot-on sides.
"Everything's homemade," he said. "Right down to my gramma's brownie recipe."
After gaining a barbecue education working at Bill Miller's, Rudy's and Steve's Rib, Verstuyfts opened the Bar-B-Q Patio in San Antonio with another partner.
The southeast San Antonio spot gained great fame during his three years, earning a spot on Texas Monthly's Top 50 Places to Eat Barbecue in 2003. The partnership was destined to fizzle, and the Verstuyfts used the opportunity to move back to Oklahoma.
"We still had family here, and a lot of friends," he said.
With a little help from those friends and family, they built their own smoker behind the space that's spent most of its existence as a Pizza Hut. They use oak to keep the embers consistent and combine hickory and pecan wood to flavor the meats, which cook anywhere from eight hours for the brisket and pork to about an hour for the sausage.
Besides the sides you expect to find at a barbecue joint like beans, slaw and potato salad, the Chop Shop also sells a loaded baked potato and Cream E. Corn, which is whole kernel corn bathed in cream cheese.
Besides his gramma's brownies, which Verstuyft says are merely Texas sheet cake, they also offer Strawberry Soda Pop cake and pecan pie.
"It's perfect for the holidays," Verstuyft said.
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday
Closed on Sunday