Five Things You’ll Find In A Typical SWOK Home
When it comes to things that we all unknowingly have in common, housewares are no different. Here's a quick list of a few things we all have, but nobody would ever strike up a conversation about it.
When it comes to an average Southwestern Oklahoma kitchen, you'd be hard pressed not to find a well used and probably ages old piece of cast iron laying around. It's just such a universally great piece of cookware that never wears out. I've inherited mine from family members, and I'll tell you what, cast iron is a better non-stick surface than anything you can buy at the store these days.
If you don't have any cast iron, here's a super helpful tip about acquiring some... Don't buy new cast iron. The quality stuff is crazy expensive, the cheap stuff is terrible, and you can usually find great old cast iron in second hand stores on the cheap.
Beer is a weird thing in the bible belt. I heard stories growing up about my devout baptist grandfather always enjoyed a beer when cooking with his boys and whatnot. But when they went out to dinner, he would skip his frothy beverage just in case someone he knew walked in and saw him. I thought it was just a funny trait of one old man... but it wasn't just one old man.
As I've spent so much time in SWOK, getting to know so many different people, this trait is pretty common. Beer in the fridge at home, no beer in public. I know some people that will go to the next town over just to buy their beer as if having a cold one once in a while is shameful.
When it comes to BBQ, there's a very thin line of acceptance among the Oklahomies. BBQ isn't supposed to be sweet, sticky, or fall off the bone tender. All the same, it's not supposed to be sour, dry, or chewy either. The perfect BBQ lies somewhere in between all the "famous" BBQ styles out there. Meat isn't supposed to be sugary, it's supposed to be smokey. Most of these traits of perfect BBQ's lies in the sauce a person will use.
While I've known a few Okies that prefer KC Masterpiece, I'll never admit that's a legit BBQ sauce. Every house in SWOK has a bottle of Head Country BBQ Sauce in it, and I'd bet it's the hickory smoke flavor. An Oklahoma original, still cooked and bottled in a one-horse-town in Northern Oklahoma, it's honestly the best a BBQ can get.
If the last few months of panick-buying and neck-bearded hoarding hasn't clued you in, Oklahomans love their guns.
Why? Because as a citizen of these United States, you can. And they're a lot of fun, but mostly the freedoms thing.
You'd be hard pressed to find any home of a SWOK native Okie that doesn't have at least one of each... Rifle, shotgun, and a pistol. Granted, it's not unheard of to meet some anti-gun nerf-hearder once in a while. They're easy to spot, kind of like vegans, they can't stop talking about it. Makes it real easy for the criminals to know which homes won't be defended.
I've heard people talking for the last fifteen years about how pickup trucks have become so popular across the US, but I can't remember a time when trucks weren't popular. My entire life, there's always been at least one truck in dang near every driveway in every place I've lived across Oklahoma. Of course, they're geared more towards the soft-handed man these days, with their heated seat leather interiors, touchscreen connected everything, and automatic transmissions. I hate to admit that they are technically still pickup trucks. Even more sad, you hardly ever see anyone hauling anything anymore even though trucks are the most popular selling vehicle for a long time now. It is still nice to see a battle-scarred working truck from time to time though.