11 Things Only Oklahomans Do & Love

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Are you or someone you know from Oklahoma and have specific traits, traditions, or food cravings that others find amusing? If so, we’re guessing that one or more of the following may have influenced those chuckles. Without further ado, here are some of Oklahoma’s favorite things to do, eat, and generally love!

11 Very Oklahoman Things to Do, Love, or Believe

If you do, love, or believe in one, maybe two, of the following, you may not be an Oklahoman. On the other hand, three or more is a fairly effective litmus test for weeding out folks from the Pan Handle state!

#1 Rocky Mountain Oysters (AKA Calf Fries)

Rocky Mountain oysters, also known as mountain oysters, meat balls, prairie oysters in Canada, or calf fries in Oklahoma, are prepared from the testicles of a bull. After being peeled, dusted with flour, pepper, and salt, and sometimes pressed flat, the organs are often deep-fried. The most common serving of this dish is as an appetizer.

#2 Watermelon is a Vegetable

The watermelon has been formally classified as a vegetable in Oklahoma, while being considered a fruit everywhere else. Not just any veggie though; 15-plus years ago the Oklahoma House of Representatives decided to make the watermelon the official state fruit instead of the strawberry, and the rest is history.

#3 Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks Are All “Coke”

Offer an Oklahoman a “pop,” and you might get a strange look. Why do we refer to our pop as “Coke”? Native Oklahomans refer to all soft drinks as “coke“, even applying it to other beverages like Sprite and Dr. Pepper, ever since soda hit the state.

#4 Can I Get That Deep Fried?

Step into a traditional Oklahoma fare restaurant (this author knows of none) and just about every menu item will begin with “fried”! You’ll likely see Fried Okra, Fried Onion Burger, Fry Bread, Fried Pies, Calf Fries, and Chicken Fried Steak, to name a few!

#5 The State Fair is Our Mecca

Two of the main attractions of the OK State Fair are the delicious cuisine and well-known musicians. Whether it’s skewered, deep-fried, wrapped up, smothered, sprinkled, heaped, drizzled, or dipped, Oklahomans will flock towards it.

#6 Country Music Reigns Supreme

Roy Clark, Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Blake Shelton, Ronnie Dunn, Mel McDaniel, Hoyt Axton, Roger Miller, and many more country music luminaries are from Oklahoma. It comes as no surprise that Oklahoma’s country and western music scene is thriving and a staple of the state.

#7 Barbecued Meats

It might be difficult to describe what exactly Oklahoma BBQ is. Oklahoma style barbecue is a mashup of many popular barbecue styles. The Texas take and several other southern approaches are among the styles that creep their way into OK restaurants. With the addition of Texas’ love of brisket, this combination creates a cooking style that has certain characteristics with tomato-based sauces from Memphis and Kansas City. Regardless of their origins, Oklahomans love barbeque!

#8 Oklahomans Will Either Drink You Under the Table or Be the World’s Biggest Lightweight

In Oklahoma, only businesses that sell alcohol are not permitted to sell beer that has more than 3.2 percent alcohol. While the beer sold at grocery stores and gas stations may seem identical to popular brands, it is really a specifically formulated mix with a reduced alcohol level. It could be difficult to get intoxicated off the grocery store specials if you’re accustomed to drinking regular ABV beer.

#9 Slightly Different Lingo

There are a few terms that appear in Oklahoman language that a visitor would first find difficult to understand. The most frequent substitution for “going to” or “about to” is “fixin’ to.” Other expressions, such as “bless your heart,” may deceive a visitor from out of town into believing they are being blessed. Actually, this is a quiet jab. Oklahomans are too polite to express anything blatantly hurtful!

#10 Embrace the Cowboy Lifestyle

It might be difficult to describe what exactly Oklahoma BBQ is. Oklahoma style barbecue is a mashup of many popular barbecue styles. The Texas take and several other southern approaches are among the styles that creep their way into OK restaurants. With the addition of Texas’ love of brisket, this combination creates a cooking style that has certain characteristics with tomato-based sauces from Memphis and Kansas City. Regardless of their originas, Oklahomans love barbeque!

#11 Deep Respect for Native American Culture

Celebrate your indigenous roots each June at the Red Earth Festival. After all, the terms “okla” (Choctaw for “red”) and “humma” (Choctaw for “people”) are the source of the state’s name. Along with an 8K run and a sizable pow-wow, there are also local arts and crafts. Eat a “Indian taco,” which is a fried bread sandwich with wonderful ground beef and beans, lettuce, tomato, and onion on top.

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