For nearly 36 years, Elmer’s BBQ has brought the authentic, hickory-smoked barbecue to Tulsa diners. Brisket, ribs, sausage and other meats are all “off-the-chain,” owner Keith Jimerson says. Elmer Thompson was the original proprietor, who ran the joint for 20 years with his wife, George Ella; their deaths within a year of each other in the early 2000s closed the restaurant. “It was a Tulsa tradition for so long, and I wanted to re-open it … that’s why I’m here,” Jimerson says. Elmer’s is closed Sunday and Monday, but you can get your tender, delicious barbecue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 4130 S. Peoria; elmersbbqtulsa.com.