TULSA, Okla. - Since the penultimate decade of the last century, I have searched for the answer to the eternal question. This sacred query was posed most eloquently by Chris Rock in the 1988 film I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, but truly, it has confounded humans since the days of Adam and Eve.
How much for one rib?
At Elmer's Barbecue in Tulsa, I finally found the answer. It's $2.29. And I ordered two of them to keep the company of the one that came included with the Badwich, the culinary Frankenstein that hasn't stopped tickling my tastebuds since Friday.
Less experienced diners can order a Nelson Plate and sample all four of Elmer's meats (ribs, chopped beef, smoked bologna, hot links), or they can toggle to the All-American level and devour all four meats in the same sandwich. And just in case diners don't get all the intestinal distress they need from the fearsome foursome and a thin sauce that mixes sweetness and vinegary bite in perfect proportion, Elmer's adds jalapenos, onions and a pickle on the side.
How dedicated to meatcraft are the fine folks at Elmer's? They add rib chunks to the green beans, turning an otherwise pedestrian side into a spectacular compliment to the raw power of the Badwich.
So if you're en route to a game in Tulsa, Stillwater, Norman or Fayetteville and your route takes you near Elmer's, by all means, stop and grab a Badwich. But be careful. It just might grab you back.