Barbecuing, like painting, usually entails the use of a brush, a master's touch, and the building anticipation to eat your finished product. Enjoy saucy masterworks with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $24 worth of barbecue fare at Back Alley Blues & BBQ.
Back Alley Blues & BBQ couples its crowded menu of Memphis-style slow-smoked barbecue with thrice-weekly sets from top bluesmen. Commence feasts with crispy deep-fried pickles smothered in ranch dressing ($5.95), or demolish the candied bacon ($5.95), whose brown-sugar dusting satiates carnivorous sweet teeth while perplexing vacationing Oompa Loompas. A meaty triad of pulled pork, chopped beef, and a hot link assemble beneath a toasted bun in the eponymous Back Alley Beatdown sandwich ($8.95), and Memphis-style smoked pork ($11.95) arrives drenched in vinegar-based Memphis-style barbecue sauce. Award-winning peach cobbler ($4.95), which an Urban Tulsa Weekly writer raves "has just rocketed to the top of my favorite dessert in Tulsa," stands little chance of surviving tableside once it arrives. Patrons can tap toes to live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and enjoy recorded renditions of Delta blues standards during the rest of the week. The Tulsa World describes Back Alley Blues & BBQ's lively interior by pointing out, "The brick walls of the old building sport huge, colorful, blues-themed murals, and one wall has a row of guitars painted by artists," not unlike the self-painted sauce-mustache masterpieces many guests leave with.