Moore family offers Burnt Ends BBQ

BY JAMI MURPHY
Former Reporter
07/01/2016 04:00 PM
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The Moore family in May opened Burnt Ends BBQ in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The restaurant’s bestseller is its namesake, burnt ends, which is part of a brisket. Cherokee Nation citizen Leah Moore and her husband Michael, both in the front row, own the restaurant. Their children are Joshua Moore and Misty Boston, both in back row. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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A sampler plate at Burnt Ends BBQ comes with burnt ends, ribs, chopped brisket, pulled pork, slice brisket, a link, slice of bologna and sides. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Misty Boston, Burnt Ends BBQ front-end manager, wipes a table before opening. The restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. until the meat is sold out Thursday through Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. until meat is gone on Sunday. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Burnt Ends BBQ co-owner Michael Moore, standing, talks with customers during their visit to his family’s restaurant located at 317 N. Water St. in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. JAMI MURPHY/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizen Leah Moore, her husband Michael and their two children on May 14 opened the Burnt Ends BBQ restaurant at 317 N. Water St. Leah said the family opened it after Michael fell in love with smoking meats.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with meat like that. Like smoking it, trying to get it right, you know experimenting with different rubs,” he said. “Finally got it to a point where people liked it, and I’m kind of looking at this as a retirement job, something for our children to take over because they both work here now.”

Misty Boston, Leah and Michael’s daughter and a teacher at Greenwood Elementary, runs the restaurant’s front as well as takes care of customers. Their son, Joshua, who will be a high school senior, runs the smoker.

“So basically he works all night long. He smokes the meat starting at 6 o’clock in the evening. Smokes all night until the morning, and then we start preparing the meat for customers that day. It’s a whole family. We all have a major role,” Michael said.

Michael added that their bestseller is the burnt ends.

“A lot of people don’t know what a burnt end is. It’s actually off the brisket point. It’s the burnt part of the brisket point diced up into cubes, re-seasoned, put back on the smoker. It gets real tender and the fat renders real soft. Just like candy cubes almost,” he said. “Probably our bestseller. Then we have our regulars – the chopped brisket, the sliced brisket, the pulled pork - we have pulled chicken sandwich or meals.”

Ray and Dot Mabe, of Cherokee County, make the restaurant’s barbecue sauce, RangerCreek BBQ Sauce. When starting the business, Michael said choosing the right sauce was a big decision because “it doesn’t matter how good everything is because if someone comes in and they don’t like your sauce, they’re not going to come back.”

“So I was originally going to have 15 to 20 different types of barbecue sauce to appease everybody until I tasted this. It is absolutely the best. We’ve got no complaints on it here from our customers, and we also sell it in the 19-ounce bottles,” he said.

Leah said starting the business wasn’t something they originally planned, but it did take time. The Moores practiced nearly each weekend perfecting their smoked meats for friends and family for about a year. Once they mastered the smoking they began looking for where they would sell the meat.

“My husband fell in love with smoking meat at home just as a side hobby on the weekends and grew to love it and decided he wanted to do something like maybe a food truck,” she said.

After noticing the vacant location across from the city’s splash pad, Leah said the idea of a food truck turned into a restaurant. “So here we are,” she said.

Leah and Michael not only operate the restaurant, but they have other jobs as well. Michael is the Drug Task Force director for Dist. 27 through the Cherokee County district attorney’s office, and Leah works for Cherokee County collecting interviews of children who have allegedly been abused or witnessed domestic violence. She also coordinates the Child Abuse Task Force in Cherokee County.

“That’s why we’re open only a few days a week because we are still working our regular full-time jobs,” she said.
ᏣᎳᎩ

ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. - ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎳ Leah Moore, ᎠᏂᏁᎵᏃ Michael ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏔᎵ ᏧᏁᏥ ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎠᏂᏍᎬᏘ 14 ᎤᏂᏍᏚᎢᏎᎢ Ꮎ Burnt Ends BBQ ᏧᎾᎵᏍᏓᏰᏗᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ 317 N. Water St. Leah Ꮓ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ Ꮎ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎤᏂᏍᏚᎢᏒᎢ ᎣᏂᏃ Michel ᎤᎸᏉᏔᏁᏂᎢ ᎭᏫᏯ ᏓᎦᏒᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

“ᎠᎩᎸᏉᏙᎢ ᏗᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎭᏫᏯ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏂᎬᏁᎲᎢ. ᏕᏥᎦᏒᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ, ᎦᏁᏟᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏚᏳᎪᏛᎢ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ, ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏗ ᏕᎦᏁᏟᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎭᏫᏯᎢ ᏗᎦᏅᎵᏰᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎬᏂᏳᏃ ᎤᏟᎠᎶᏢᎢ ᏴᏫ ᎠᏂᎸᏉᏗᏍᎬᎢ, ᏄᏍᏛᏃ ᏥᎪᏩᏘᏍᎬᎢ ᏗᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᏥᏑᎵᎪᏨᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏱᎦᎴᎾ ᏂᎦᏛᏁᎲᎢ, ᎢᎸᏢᏃᏴ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏯᏂᏴᏍᏓ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ ᎠᎭᏂᏃᏅ ᎢᏧᎳ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎭ ᎾᏊᎨᏒᎢ.”

Misty Boston, Leah ᎠᎴ Michael’s ᎤᏪᏥ ᎠᎨᏯ ᎠᎴ ᏗᏕᏲᎲᏍᎩ ᎥᎿ Greenwood Elementaty, ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᎵᏍᏓᏰᏗᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᏚᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗᎢ ᎠᎾᏓᎾᏁᏍᎩ. ᎤᏁᏥᏃ ᎠᏧᏣ, Joshua, ᎦᎸᎳᏗᏃ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ ᏗᏍᏆᏗᏍᎩ, ᏗᎦᏒᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᎩᏍᏙᏗ.

“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ ᎤᎵᏨᏓᏩᏗ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰᎢ. 6 Ꮓ ᎤᏒᎯᏰᏱ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎪᎢ ᏓᎦᏒᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎭᏫᏯ. ᎤᎵᏨᏓᏩᏗ ᏓᎦᏒᏍᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᏑᎾᎴᎢ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ, ᎠᎴ Ꮓ ᎾᏊ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᎢᎪᎯ ᎣᏣᎴᏂᏍᎪᎢ ᎭᏫᏯ ᏙᏣᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓᏁᎲᎢ ᎠᎾᏓᎾᏁᏒᎲᏍᎩ. ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᏙᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰᎢ. ᏂᎦᏓᏃ ᎣᎩᎰᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎢᏲᎦᏛᏁᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Michael.

Michael ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ Ꮎ Burnt ends ᏫᏓᏤᏢᎢ ᎤᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗ ᎢᎩ.

“ᎤᏂᎪᏗᏃ ᏴᏫ ᎥᏝ ᏳᎾᏂᏙᎢ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎨᎲᎢ Burnt End. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎦᏁᏥᎢ ᎤᏕᏅᎢ ᏲᏫᏯᎢ ᎢᎩ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᎪᏅᎢ ᎭᏫᏯ ᏓᏍᏛᎢ ᎦᏁᏥᎢ ᎤᏕᏅᎢ ᎭᏫᏯ ᎠᎬᎭᎷᏴᎢ, ᎣᏍᏓ ᏗᏆᏲᏅᎢ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᏏᏊ ᏗᎦᏒᏍᏗᎢ ᏩᏝᎲᏍᎪᎢ. ᏩᏂᎨᎢᏃ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎵᏦᎯᏓ ᎬᎾᏬᏍᎪᎢ ᏩᏂᎨᎢ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᏍᎪᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩᏯ ᎧᎵᏎᏥ ᏍᎩᏯᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “ᎡᎵᏍᏗᏃ ᏫᏓᏤᏢᎢ ᎣᎩᎾᏗᏅᏗ. ᎠᎴᏃᏊ ᎣᎩᎾᎠ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ-ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎦᎷᏴᎢ ᎦᏁᏥᎢ ᎤᏕᏅᎢ ᎭᏫᏯᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᎬᎭᎷᏴᎢ ᎭᏫᏔ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎦᏌᎾᎩᏓ ᏏᏆ ᎭᏫᏯ - ᎠᎴ ᎣᎩᎭ ᎦᏌᎾᎩᏓ ᏣᏔᎩ ᎭᏫᏯᎢ ᎦᏚᎢ ᏗᏍᏓᎭᏢᏅᎢ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᏧᏓᎴᏅᏓ ᎠᎵᏍᏓᏰᏗ.”

Ray ᎠᎴ Dot Mabe, ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎡᎯ, ᏧᎾᎵᏍᏓᏰᏗᎢ barbecue ᎦᏅᎵᏰᏗ ᎪᏢᏍᎪᎢ, RanderCreek BBQ ᎦᏅᎵᏰᏗ. ᎾᎯᏳᏃ ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎬᎢ ᎯᎠ ᏗᏗᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ, Michael ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎥᏑᏴᎩᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏳᎪᏛᎢ ᎦᏅᎵᏰᏗ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎡᎵᎦᏯᎢ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏢᏗ ᎨᏒᎩ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎭ

“ᎯᎳᏃ ᏲᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ ᏂᎦᎥᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎩᎶ ᏳᏂᏴᏟᏝ ᎥᏝᏃ ᎾᏂᎸᏉᏗᏍᎬᎾ ᏱᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᏅᎵᏰᏗ, ᎥᏝ ᏱᏛᎠᏂᎷᏥ.”

“ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎬᎢ 15 ᎠᎴ 20 ᎢᏧᏓᎴᏅᏗ ᏗᎦᏅᎵᏰᏗ ᏱᏓᎩᏁᎮᎢ ᎫᏍᏚᏍᏗᏃ ᎤᎾᏑᏰᏍᏗ ᏱᎨᏎᎢ ᎤᏂᎸᏉᏛᎢ ᎬᏳᏃ ᎩᎳ ᎠᎩᎦ ᎯᎢᎾ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏭᏓᎪᎾᏛᎢ ᏫᏓᏤᏢᎢ. ᎥᏝ Ꮓ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏛᏅᎢ ᏱᎩ ᎩᎶᎢ ᏂᎦᎸᏉᏗᏍᎬᎾ,
ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩᏊ ᎣᏥᎾᏕᎪᎢ 19 - ᎢᏯᎣᏂᏏ ᏗᎧᎵᎸᎢ ᎫᎫ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

Leah Ꮓ ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎬᎢ ᏗᎦᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎥᏝᏃ Ꮩ ᎠᏓᎴᏂᏍᎬᎢ ᏚᏄᎪᏔᏅᎢ ᏱᎨᏎᎢ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏞᎦ ᏚᏟᎠᎵᏙᎸᎢ. ᎾᏃ ᎠᏂ Moores ᎠᎾᎵᏏᎾᎯᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᏧᏙᏓᏋᏓ ᏓᏂᎦᏒᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎭᏫᏯᎢ ᏧᎾᎵᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏏᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎤᏅᏙᏗ ᏢᏃ ᏑᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏱᎪᎯᏓ. ᎾᏊᏃ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᎠ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᏂᎦᏒᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᎲᎩ ᎤᏂᏲᎲᎢ ᎭᏢ ᎦᏳᏂᎾᏗᏅᏗ ᎨᏒ ᎭᏫᏯᎢ.

“ᎣᏍᏗᏁᎳᏃ ᎤᎸᏉᏔᏁᎢ ᏓᎦᏒᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎭᏫᏯᎢ ᏦᎨᏅᏒᎢ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᎲᎢ ᎤᎸᏉᏛᎢ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᎤᎾᏙᏓᏈᏕᏂ ᎤᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎸᏉᏔᏁᎢ ᎠᎴ Ꮓ ᎾᏊ ᏚᏭᎪᏔᏁᏃ ᎤᏚᎵᎲᎢ ᎦᏅᏔᏂᏙᎯ ᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. ᎤᏕᎶᎰᏏᏃ ᎤᏏᏩ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏗᎦᎾᏗᏫᏧᏒᎢ ᏗᎦᏚᎲᎢ ᎤᏤᎵᎢ splash pad, Leah Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏓᏅᏖᏟᏙᎸᎢ ᎥᎦᏅᏔᏂᏙᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏧᎾᎵᏍᏓᏰᏗᎢ ᏭᏟᎠᎶᏢᎢ. “ᎾᏊᏃ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎣᏤᏙᎠ ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

Leah ᎠᎴ Michael ᎥᏝᏃ ᎤᏩᏌ ᏳᏂᎩᏍᏙᎢ Ꮎ ᏧᎾᎵᏍᏓᏰᏗᎢ, ᎤᏣᏘᎾᏃ ᏚᏂᎭ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᏊ. Michael Z Drug Task Force ᎠᏍᎦᏰᎬᏍᏗ ᎥᎿ 27 ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎥᎿᏃ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏗᏘᏲᎯᎯ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗᎢ ᏂᏛᏓᎴᏂᏍᎩ, ᎠᎴ Leah Z ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰᎢ ᎥᎿ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎦᏟᏏᏍᎪᎢ ᎨᎦᎵᏃᎮᏔᏅᎢ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᏍᎦ ᏂᎨᎬᏅᎢ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᏂᎦᏔᎯ ᏂᏓᏤᏢᏅ ᏂᎦᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᎬᎢ. ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᏊ Ꮎ Child Abuse Task Force ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ .

“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏄᏰᏟᏗ ᎯᎸᏍᎩ ᏧᏙᏓᏆᏗ ᎤᏍᏚᎢᏓ ᏥᎨᏐᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏂᎬᏂᏏᏍᎩ ᎤᏣᏘᎾ ᎧᎵᎢ-ᏩᏥ ᎤᏪᏅᏓ ᎢᎪᎯᏓ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎰᎢ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
– Translated by David Crawler

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