Oklahoma Themed Easter Eggs

The Easter Bunny is sweeping down the plains soon. Surprise the Easter egg hunters in your life with some Oklahoma flair this Sunday! Whether you’ll be hiding these Oklahoma Easter eggs around the house or using them to decorate your brunch table, they’re sure to be a hit.

What you need

  • One carton of eggs, hardboiled
  • Egg dyeing kit of your choice
  • One roll 9/16” roll of washi tape
  • X-acto knife or craft scissors
  • Plastic cutting board or hard plastic surface.
  • 1 roll paper towels
  • Drying rack

Direction

  • Hard boil eggs in a large pot. Once finished, let cool for a least 30 minutes or chill overnight in your fridge.
  • Prepare egg dye according to the package’s instructions.
  • Take your washi tape and roll out six to eight inches on a cutting board. Stick the tape sticky side down on your cutting board work station. With your x-acto knife, firmly press and trace out the shape of Oklahoma. Be careful and use a cutting board on top your counter or workspace. The sharp x-acto knife can cut through and mark wooden surfaces. Use a reference photo online or on a map if you’re struggling to trace the state’s pan shape. You can also trace out block letters or other shapes. Be sure to keep children away from the x-acto knife at all times as the blade is extremely sharp.
  • If you’d rather not use the x-acto knife, you can use scissors to cut out your desired shapes and letters.

  • Once you’ve traced your Oklahoma shape, lightly lift the washi tape around your cutout. It should easily pull away and leave your cutout stuck on the board’s surface. Once you’ve cleared the excess tape, gently pull up your tape cutouts from the board.

  • Take the tape cutouts and gently place the sticky sides on your hard boiled eggs. Press out any air pockets between the egg and the tape as air pocket may let dye in under the tape.
  • After you place your cutout stickers/tape on the eggs, place eggs in a color dye of your choosing. This is where you can do no wrong. Choose solid colors or use a combo of your favorites to make unique shades and designs. Allow eggs to settle in the dye for the package’s recommended amount of time. Take eggs out and allow to fully dry on a drying rack. Place a paper towel under the rack to catch dye drippings.
  • Once your eggs are completely dry, gently peel off the washi tape. Your tape designs should leave a completely white shape from your cutout. Your Oklahoma-inspired eggs are ready for the Easter Bunny! Be sure to keep them in the fridge if you want them to last overnight and avoid spoiling.

Get ready for Easter with Homeland

Need more Easter help? Check out our deli for easy Easter dinner options and party trays or browse through our candy section to fill baskets Sunday morning!

Enjoying the Best Oklahoma Barbecue with Tips from Barbecue Pit Masters

If you’re from Oklahoma, you know good barbecue. Anything that doesn’t live up to your standards is just plain disappointing.

“I have tried a ton of barbecue, from Kansas to Texas to South Carolina to Memphis. Oklahoma has some of the best barbecue because it’s a nice mixture of all of those,” says Ryan Gray, head pit master at Billy Sims Barbecue. “We are taking pieces from the states around us.”

(Photo Courtesy of Billy Sims Barbecue)

The sauce is lighter in Texas and darker in Kansas City, but OKC has a good mix. Gray believes Oklahoma generally likes sweeter barbecue, with ketchup-based sauce, not vinegar.

While we all try to be pit masters in the backyard, sometimes it doesn’t quite work out. Here are some tips to help you in your pit master role.

Barbecue Tips from Pit Masters

Randy Birch, head chef of Allegro Marinade and barbecue pit master, has been cooking barbecue for many years. Birch’s years of experience have given him plenty of tips to help those who aren’t professional pit masters.

Birch says he is commonly asked about how to cook brisket. “Brisket is a big ol’ ugly cut of meat – you can really mess it up if you don’t know what you’re doing,” says Birch. Gray agrees: “Brisket is everyone’s nemesis.”

“The problem with brisket is people don’t cook it long enough,” says Birch. He recalls an old cooker’s tale to heat your brisket at 195 degrees; however, Birch recommends increasing the temperature more than 195 degrees. He also recommends wrapping in foil.

Pit masters need to pay attention to the following characteristics: time, temperature, color, and feel. Gray believes the feel is the most important but often the most overlooked characteristic. “If your fingers sink into it, that’s a real good thing,” says Gray. “If it’s rubbery, like jello, it’s not quite ready.”

Gray explains how some amateur smokers think if they perfectly follow a recipe and keep the time and temperature they will have a good end product, but it’s not that simple. Every piece of meat is different. “My best tip I can give is that smoking meat isn’t based on an exact time or temperature,” says Gray. “There is truly an art to barbecue.”

Bad Brad’s believes a big trick to delicious meat is letting the meat speak for itself. They only use the smoke from the wood, and salt and pepper to season their meat. “My advice is to keep it simple,” says Vernon Wilson, manager from Bad Brad’s Stillwater location.

Sauce to Improve the Meat

It’s important to know how to cook the meat. However, we understand we can’t all be pros behind a grill or smoker. That’s why we believe in the power of a good sauce.

Here at Homeland we aren’t lacking in sauces and offer plenty of options to enjoy your favorite barbecue, even if the meat wasn’t prepared just right. Enjoy some spice? Get your hands on Allegro’s spicy barbecue sauce. Or do you prefer a sweeter sauce? Try A&W barbecue sauce.

Great Barbecue Restaurant Options in Oklahoma

While we enjoy cooking for ourselves, sometimes it’s nice to let someone else do the cooking. Barbecue has been a staple for Oklahomans for many years, and we’re lucky to have our pick of mouth-watering barbecue restaurant options.

Some of our favorite barbecue restaurants in Oklahoma include Billy Sims Barbecue, Van’s Pig Stand, Jake’s Rib, Spencer’s Smokehouse and BBQ, Leo’s BBQ, and the list goes on.

What are you waiting for? Head over to one of our locations and pick up some barbecue sauce and put these tips to the test!