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  • 10 years in business

Years of experience with variety of cooking styles and event execution


BBQ, barbeque, barbecue, bar-b-q bar-b-que — no matter what you name it, Tulsans know excellent cooking whenever they smell it. At Southfork Smokeshack, we’ve had years of experience to cultivate our own family recipes for the excellent in grilling and barbequing, or is it barbecuing? No matter how you spell it, we absolutely know how to make it right. From our beef, pork, and poultry to our sauce recipe, to our smoky flavor, you can’t go wrong with Southfork Smokeshack. We have few of the amazing food to ever come out of a smoker or off the grill. Our smokers are well-known for the appetizing smoky taste that have put into each bite of our succulent meats. You won’t regret visiting one of the best Tulsa barbecues, the Southfork Smokeshack. Our barbecue catering can offer your next event with smoky pork, beef, poultry. We'll get our smokers going, making sure we are barbecuing up a number of the most excellent Tulsa barbecue for you, your family and your guests. We'll take our barbeque fresh off the grill from or our smokers, and bring it to your occasion fresh and hot. We take our grilling and barbecuing seriously at the Southfork Smokeshack. Don’t forget our well-known BBQ sauce. We also have our known recipe barbecue baked beans. You can always try them in our regular barbecue or our spicy barbecue. Whatever you need for your special event, we can be sure to be barbequing a number of the best cooking in Tulsa. One cannot live on barbecue alone. As we, at the Southfork Smokeshack are taking pride of our fresh-from-the-smoker and delicious pork poultry, beef, our savory barbecue beans recipe, our smoky barbeque sauce, or our other classic barbecue restaurant sides, like coleslaw potato salad, we also offer traditional breakfast cooking from 6:00-10:00 a.m. The same love and care we put into our barbecuing, all of our meats go right into our sausage and biscuits gravy, or our homemade rolls of cinnamon. If it might not be barbecuing or grilling, it’s still good eating. Southfork Smokeshack hopes to be the best Tulsa barbeques. We love to do grilling and make sure that the barbeque we serve is one of the most excellent that you can have. Whether you spell barbequing, barbecuing, BBQ, or just call it plain old grilling, we always stand by our saying: “It’s better than good.”


We prepare full-service catering and highest quality food around. I am a certified chef and owner. We have culinary experience in all cuisines. We can fill every need of our clients.


I have 18 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. I have cooked at Hollywood movie premiers and helped open over 15 restaurants, including my own in Lawrence, KS. I say, "Let your love for friends and food be your guide." I would love to help cater your next event!


Are you looking for someone to cater your next event. Please let whiskey ribber BBQ cater your next event. We offer pulled pork, chopped or sliced brisket, hickory smoked chicken and ribs. We also add sides such as potato salad, coleslaw, Whiskey Ribbers award winning BBQ beans and corn on the cob. We look forward to hearing from you!


I cater to business meetings, social events, holiday gatherings, businesses treating their employees to lunch/supper, weddings, and any event that needs good food!


The Flying W Ranch is located in the heart of the Flint Hills in Chase County, Kansas. The Hoy family arrived in the 1870s and continues to raise cattle today. The ranch is headquarted in our home, a 1890s homestead with a historic three-story barn, nestled in the Cottonwood River Valley. The ranch normally has 25 horses, 300 cow-calf pairs and 3,000 stocker cattle. We have been welcoming guests on our 9,000 acres for the past several years to enjoy our beautiful scenery, wildlife, and to share in our ranching heritage. We provide horseback riding, lodging for 2 – 50, dining and catering and special events throughout the year.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.
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