Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats
Sign In | Register for Free!
Restaurants Recipes Forums Eating Tours Merchandise FAQ Maps Insider

Van's Pig Stand

717 East Highland, Shawnee, OK - (405) 273-8704
One of the great barbecue outposts of the Southwest. The 2 essential items made here: pork ribs that are muscular and yet velvet-tender, crusty with glaze, and packed with flavor; and the pig sandwich, which is vividly-sauced hacked hunks of pork in a bun with Van's own zesty relish.
100% Approval Rating (13 votes)

Scorecard

5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Big Rib Dinner
Curlie Q Fries
Vanized Baked Potato
Fried Okra
Pig Sandwich (large)
Meringue Pie

Highlighted Reviews

rating
Michael Stern - Photos (7)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Opened in 1928 in Wewoka, Van's now has four locations in Oklahoma, including one in Norman, one in Moore, and another in Shawnee; this particular place on East Highland has been a Pig Stand since 1935 and is the oldest family-owned barbecue in Oklahoma. It is said ..."   [Read More]

Submit photos Submit a review See more reviews...

Map & Web Site

717 East Highland, Shawnee, OK
(405) 273-8704

http://www.pigstands.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:Yes
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
A close view of Van's ribs gives a good sense of their textural delight. The big rib dinner is one full pound -- 5 to 9 ribs. The regular dinner is 3/4 pound and the junior dinner is 1/2 pound -- 2 to 4 ribs. With the meat you get two side dishes and a slab of Texas toast.
"A close view of Van's ribs gives a good sense of their textural delight. The big rib dinner is one full pound -- 5 to 9 ribs. The regular dinner is 3/4 pound and the junior dinner is 1/2 pound -- 2 to 4 ribs. With the meat you get two side dishes and a slab of Texas toast."
Michael Stern





The name 'pig sandwich' has been trademarked by Van's. This close-up shows how chunky the pork is. You can also see hints of the excellent relish the kitchen adds to the formula.
"The name 'pig sandwich' has been trademarked by Van's. This close-up shows how chunky the pork is. You can also see hints of the excellent relish the kitchen adds to the formula."
Michael Stern


Van's has been serving pig sandwiches for more than three-quarters of a century. It remains one of the essential barbecue parlors between Memphis and Oklahoma City.
"Van's has been serving pig sandwiches for more than three-quarters of a century. It remains one of the essential barbecue parlors between Memphis and Oklahoma City."
Michael Stern


Curlie Q fries are available as one of the two side dishes you get with dinner, or as a large order unto themselves, for $1.95. These are some grand potatoes!
"Curlie Q fries are available as one of the two side dishes you get with dinner, or as a large order unto themselves, for $1.95. These are some grand potatoes!"
Michael Stern


Old-fashioned graffiti covers the wood backs of Van's booths.
"Old-fashioned graffiti covers the wood backs of Van's booths."
Michael Stern


It is said that the Vanized potato was invented when grandma Vandergrif decided she didn't want to waste baked potatoes that went unordered at dinner time. This twice-baked beauty is mixed with little bits of bacon.
"It is said that the Vanized potato was invented when grandma Vandergrif decided she didn't want to waste baked potatoes that went unordered at dinner time. This twice-baked beauty is mixed with little bits of bacon."
Michael Stern


Here is the oldest barbecue in Oklahoma. That sign next to the pig for the 'Charcoal Room' refers to a somewhat more refined dining area ... but where the menu is pure Van's.
"Here is the oldest barbecue in Oklahoma. That sign next to the pig for the 'Charcoal Room' refers to a somewhat more refined dining area ... but where the menu is pure Van's."
Michael Stern



What is Roadfood?  |   Submit Content  |   Privacy Policy  |   Contact Roadfood.com   Copyright - Roadfood.com