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Red River Smokedown: Who’s got the better ‘cue?

Posted October 8th, 2015

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Some homeless people in Oklahoma City will likely enjoy some good Texas barbecue in the near future, thanks to a bet Gov. Greg Abbott made Thursday that, if the Las Vegas odd-makers are correct, he will lose.

Abbott and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin agreed to send barbecue to the state of the winner of Saturday’s Red River Rivalry. In the unlikely event of a Longhorn victory, Fallin said she would sponsor 600 meals to be served at the Capital Area Food Bank in Austin. If the No. 10 Sooners prevail, Abbott will ship barbecue from Railhead BBQ of Fort Worth to City Rescue Mission, a non-profit that works with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

“I felt a little bad about accepting this bet because UT doesn’t stand a chance,” Fallin said in a statement released by Abbott’s office. “The Sooners are going to bring home a win, and a lot of barbecue from Texas for the City Rescue Mission.”

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Abbott, a University of Texas alumnus who seemed unfazed by the 1-4 Longhorns’ long odds for victory, said: “In the history of the Red River Rivalry, the Texas Longhorns have come away with more victories than Oklahoma ever has, and I expect this Saturday to be no different. In the unfortunate event the Sooners pull off a win, the Oklahoma City Rescue Mission will receive some of the finest barbecue Texas has to offer – a prize valued far more than any trophy.”

So who is promising better barbecue?

The food at Railhead is rated a whopping 26 out of 30 by Zagat, which calls the ribs and brisket “melt in your mouth.”

Head Country, in Ponca City, Okla., hasn’t been rated by Zagat as far as we can tell, but Yelp gives it a middling 3.5 stars.

Yelper “Bill F.” of Pond Creek, Okla., awarded Head Country two stars: “This place is OK as far as non-Texas BBQ is concerned. The meat is usually good (except the hot links-yuk!) but the sides are below average. But, as a qualifier, I have been to very few Oklahoma BBQ joints where the sides are NOT pre-packaged. The sauce is probably their best item. The locals rave about it, anyway. I have definitely had better BBQ.”

 

 

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