Eat This Now: Smoked Baby Back Ribs at The Tulsa Rib Company

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American barbecue tends to be big food (the they-killed-a-cow-just-for-me kind of big food) and, when I think big food, what comes to mind is me, sitting in a restaurant, shoulders slumped, posture completely destroyed, feeling badly about having actually eaten everything.

This isn't true of the smoked baby back ribs at the Tulsa Rib Company in Orange, that (cliché alert) venerable war horse of an institution. I can finish a plate, feel really uncomfortable but still want more.


There's the unimpressive "fall off the bone' meat that every barbecue place claims to have," and then there's the "if I don't eat this quickly enough, gravity is going to take the meat off the bones for me" quality that Tulsa just does so well.

Let me order for you: smoked baby back ribs with coleslaw and "Tulsa" potatoes. The corn bread, coleslaw and cream corn are fine but the real stars are the ribs and potatoes.

The Tulsa taters are wonderful: scalloped and fried hard so the outside is nice and crisp, but with an airy and fluffy interior. Brushed with an herb butter, they're perfect to dip in the extra barbecue sauce you get. The ribs? Each rack is the size of my forearms. This is the kind of food civilizations are based on.

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The Tulsa Rib Company

954 N. Tustin Ave., Orange, CA

Category: Restaurant

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DanGarion
DanGarion

Since when did Tulsa start smoking their ribs? In the past 6 years the quality of their food has deteriorated so much that I went from my wife getting them to cater my 30th birthday to not even being considered when we go out to dinner. It's the closest restaurant to my house and I have no desire to go there any more.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Please be cordial lest you want me to not be.

DanGarion
DanGarion

Compared to some of the comments thrown out by people on Navel Grazing, I'm the freaking second coming of Judith Martin. ;)

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Dave's Guide to Blogs at OC Weekly That Are Not "Navel Gazing":

1. "Stick a Fork In It" <-- YOU ARE HERE2. "Heard Mentality"

blakex
blakex

I've been to Tulsa twice and will never return.  Their quality is abysmal and the meat is greasy.  Sides were a disappointment and I have no idea how people continue to go back here with other great options in the vicinity.  I live 2 blocks away and no matter how hungry for BBQ I am, this would be the last option.

Julia Aloha
Julia Aloha

please recommend your favorite other great options in Orange, I just moved here and so far my favorite baby back ribs are Tony Roma's but that's far away in Fullerton. thanks :-)

Rick
Rick

Sorry but Tulsa doesn't smoke their meats..........they are baked...........then grilled............there is nothing "BBQ" about this place.............Tulsa fries are good though!

Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

Freaking finally you guys write about Tulsa Rib. Best BBQ in OC and yeah, those Tulsa potatoes are fucking crack, I swear. I would do some naughty things.

The taste and price are fantastic for get togethers as they keep very well.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

We've written about Tulsa Rib over the years...

Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

Not exclusively since 2000!

Not criticizing, just happy to see it up again.

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