The Okie Dokie Story
For over 20 years, Okie Dokies Smokehouse founder Steve Dunning has been involved in the business of barbeque. Beginning in 1996, he broke into the business by managing a local family owned BBQ restaurant. A couple years later, under the guidance of that same restaurant owner, he began serving bbq out of his own food truck, “The Red Wagon.” After years of building a roadside reputation for consistently moist, tender and always delicious bbq, the business outgrew the food truck and Okie Dokies Smokehouse opened their doors in 2007.
Since then, Okie Dokies has had an incredible team of employees to help develop, shape and build the restaurant into what it is today. Okie Dokies has become known for serving up the finest, award-winning barbecue, using house-made dry rubs with their own unique smoking process that captures the best of the meat’s natural flavors.
Not only has Okie Dokies grown into a well-known community establishment, it has also caught some attention on a larger scale, having been highlighted in a few TV shows, as well as featured in Southern Living’s Off the Eaten Path cookbook, Southern Livings Best Drives & Dives and Bob Garner’s Book of Barbecue.