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Jiggs Smoke House

Clinton, Clinton, OK - (580) 323-5641
Posted By Michael Stern on 6/7/2008 2:14:00 PM
Jiggs is a big shack by the side of the old Mother Road through Oklahoma. It has a front porch for settin’ a spell, and interior accommodations that include two construction spools transformed into eating surfaces, as well as some kitchenette tables in a small annex near the meat counter. Wood-paneled walls are decorated with patrons’ business cards, a jackalope head, and odes to meat-eaters’ heroes John Wayne, Bob Wills, and Marty Robbins. Washrooms are labeled “Toms” and “Hens.” The whole restaurant is perfumed by the tantalizing smell of smoke and meat.

In the meat case are hams, slab bacon, and summer sausage that proprietor George Klaassen smokes over slow-smoldering hickory, as well as big flaps of beef jerky that have been marinated in a brown sugar-pepper mix, smoked, then air-dried to the point of supreme chewyness. The jerky is rugged stuff and intensely flavored – one good slab is tastebud-entertainment for a long day’s drive.

Although much business is smoked-meat-by-the-pound sold over the counter, the tables are occupied at lunch and through the afternoon with customers who come for beef barbecue bathed in splendid spicy-sweet sauce, as well as sandwiches dubbed pigsickle. These are broad patties of mesquite-smoked boneless pork rib infused with sauce, topped with melted cheddar cheese, dressed with mustard and mayonnaise, and hefted into a five-inch bun. Meals are served on butcher paper with a paper napkin underneath rather than on plates. This is a practical presentation, because when you are done you can easily wrap up all your drippings and, while doing so, be wiping spilled sauce off your fingers.

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The meat on the BBQ beef sandwich comes in large, well-sauced chunks.
"The meat on the BBQ beef sandwich comes in large, well-sauced chunks."
Cliff Strutz





The powerful aroma from this piece of jerky filled the car for days.
"The powerful aroma from this piece of jerky filled the car for days."
Cliff Strutz


When we pulled up in our rented sedan, we were the only non-pickup truck in the parking lot.
"When we pulled up in our rented sedan, we were the only non-pickup truck in the parking lot."
Michael Stern


Plenty of napkins are needed for the boneless pork rib sandwich known as the Pigsickle.
"Plenty of napkins are needed for the boneless pork rib sandwich known as the Pigsickle. "
Cliff Strutz


Loaded with Jiggs' lip-smacking sauce, these are some first-rate BBQ beans.
"Loaded with Jiggs' lip-smacking sauce, these are some first-rate BBQ beans."
Cliff Strutz


Jiggs' large menu hangs over stacks of homemade BBQ sauce, tomato relish, and chowchow.  Sausage surprise anyone?
"Jiggs' large menu hangs over stacks of homemade BBQ sauce, tomato relish, and chowchow. Sausage surprise anyone?"
Cliff Strutz


Decor at Jiggs includes antlers, cowboy pictures, and a saddle.
"Decor at Jiggs includes antlers, cowboy pictures, and a saddle."
Cliff Strutz


A necessary Roadfood stop west of Oklahoma City
"A necessary Roadfood stop west of Oklahoma City"
Michael Stern


Good reading, good eating
"Good reading, good eating"
Michael Stern


Interior decor at Jiggs includes an outdoorsman's Christmas wreath, made of red and green shotgun shells.
"Interior decor at Jiggs includes an outdoorsman's Christmas wreath, made of red and green shotgun shells."
Michael Stern


Miscellaneous seating is available, although it would be difficult to eat a jumbo Jiggs sandwich from that saddle in the background.
"Miscellaneous seating is available, although it would be difficult to eat a jumbo Jiggs sandwich from that saddle in the background."
Michael Stern



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