Thanks to Darin Moriki at the Oregon Daily Emerald for doing a great piece on The Smokehouse in Eugene, Oregon.
Aaron and Liz Speck opened their BBQ joint in May of 2008. Aaron learned the art of BBQ in Norman, Oklahoma while also earning his degree in Meteorology. He perfected his recipes and techniques while being mentored by a local pitmaster in Norman and testing his pulled pork on tailgaters at OU football games. When they loved his food, he was sure he could convince Oregonians to add it to their list of favorites. Liz was happy to help Aaron bring his delicious BBQ to Eugene, Oregon. Together, Liz and Aaron run Oklahoma Smokehouse BBQ. Aaron is the pitmaster, while Liz specializes in taking care of many details, such as running the joint and creating the website.
From the article by Darin, “Today, Speck’s small sit-down or takeout restaurant on Alder Street features four types of meats, including pork spareribs, beef brisket, pulled pork and smoked chicken breast, complemented by a customer’s choice of four sauces: mild, hot, vinegar and smokehouse. For those seeking alternatives to meat, customers can choose from a variety of options, including grilled cheese sandwiches, bowls of chili, cornbread and baked potatoes. Speck said all of the food is made from scratch including the sauces, dry rubs for the meat, macaroni and cheese and cornbread, which is made with real cornmeal. Entree prices range from $6 for a smoked chicken salad with cornbread to a rack of pork spareribs for $22. Speck said the time dedicated to smoking meats separates a Southern style of barbecue in comparison to all others. Speck said the cooking process first begins when he applies his homemade dry rub to the beef brisket, which is left to soak in for 12 hours before it is cooked for another 20 hours over a wood fire inside his six-foot black steel smoker outside of the restaurant, which he had custom-made in Indiana and drove to Oregon on the back of a trailer when he moved from Oklahoma.”
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