Joe continued to build smokers and rack up cook-off titles, but he wanted to do more. He set his sights on opening a restaurant where he could share his award-winning barbecue and passion for great food with the world. In 1994, a fellow cooking competitor and good friend became a business partner. Jeff Stehney had butted heads with Joe in numerous competitions, both taking turns winning titles, when the two became friends and discussed opening a restaurant together. In 1995, they opened the first Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue in Stillwater and soon after in 1996 opened another in Kansas City in a gas station with one thing in mind, that was cooking world championship BBQ that is the best in the world! Today, there are 4 Oklahoma Joe's Barbecue locations in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, and Omaha, Nebraska. Each restaurant combines the best low heat, slow cooking techniques with a unique blend of spices and sauces to create a taste that's world-class.
The newest accolade Joe Davidson received was being inducted into the BBQ Hall of Fame in 2020!