After Grandma Myrt met my grandfather, Jackie Oakman Sr., they married, moved to Ohio and had five children. Before she passed away in 2003 she was successful in getting one of her children recognized (the others followed after her passing in 2003), as Native American and member of the Suquamish Tribe. In 2016, her son, Jackie Oakman Jr. (my father), was successful, after multiple attempts in getting my sister and I recognized as tribe members. After the acceptance and for my 40th birthday, my father gave me my Native American name of “Smokin’ Bear” for obvious reasons.
As head BBQ Pitmaster, I am now living my dream after many years in corporate America. I started out smoking ribs and brisket about 8 years ago and fell in love with it. It became a passion for me and my wife, Susan, after cooking for family and friends for years. Many weekends have been spent with a messy kitchen and lots of liquids, spices and seasonings on the floor. With her side dishes and my meats, we make a pretty fantastic team. Our daughter, Payton, will be learning the ropes and making her place in the family business when the time is right.
We are excited to share our passion with this community…welcome to our reservation!!
Tyson, Susan & Payton Oakman
Established March 2018