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Big Anthony’s BBQ Wins Accolades for Offerings

Contributing Writer

GREAT TEAM: Kimberly and Anthony Fobbs opened Big Anthony’s BBQ in 2011, and already the restaurant has won many accolades for its offerings. Anthony is a University of Tulsa graduate and played basketball for the Hurricane in the 1980s.

ANDREW MURRAY for GTR Newspapers

It only takes a few minutes to locate a barbecue restaurant in Tulsa. Most locals can’t deny that a vast array of mom-and-pop establishments as well as national barbecue chains sit throughout the city limits.

While Big Anthony’s BBQ may appear on the surface to be just another rib and brisket joint, the restaurant, owned by husband and wife team Anthony and Kimberly Fobbs, combines home-cooked dishes, a cooking heritage and southern hospitality.

“We started cooking in our church,” says Kimberly; “although, Anthony has been cooking since he was 10 years old.” In the last five years, Anthony’s work in catering and competition cooking brought about the opportunity to expand into restaurant ownership.

Big Anthony’s, which opened in 2011, has proven to be both the fulfillment of a longtime dream for the Fobbs and an outlet for Anthony, a University of Tulsa graduate and basketball player—shedding light on the reason behind the business’ name.

“The restaurant has given him the chance to meet and help new people,” she says.
Big Anthony’s location at 8151 East 21st Street is admittedly hidden and can be a challenge for newcomers to find. However, “since we opened during the economic recession, the location and its affordability have proved to be such a blessing,” says Kimberly.

Customers walking in can expect local memorabilia, including artifacts from Anthony’s basketball days, and freshly-made dishes, including cornbread muffins, garlic butter mashed potatoes, brown sugar baked beans and bacon cabbage cooked to order. Kimberly makes the desserts, many of them springing from her imagination, such as caramel apple bread pudding, buttermilk pie and various cakes.

Clearly, food quality ranks number one on the Fobbs’ list. That is also evidenced by Anthony’s guarantee that patrons need not douse their meat in sauce to improve or hide its flavor. “The only sauce you’ll find will be on the side and never on your meat,” he says. “I want people to actually be able to taste the meat and not have it drowning in sauce.”

Three homemade sauces are available: Jack Daniels Honey Lemon, 5 Peppers BBQ Sauce and regular BBQ Sauce.

“When our customers walk through our doors we want to give them the experience of a top-quality atmosphere with friendly conversation while also delivering the best barbecue in Tulsa.” says Anthony.

On the first Sunday of each month, Big Anthony’s offers a veterans’ special, where two people can dine for the cost of one at $8.99.

However, tasting is believing. To place an order, call 918-561-6227, or visit

Updated 07-30-2013

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