You may really feel like household at Reba McEntire’s Oklahoma southern-style restaurant, bar and live performance venue — Reba’s Place.

Whereas looking by the nation star’s private memorabilia and watching reside music performances onstage (“I will do some singing!” McEntire guarantees.), prospects can dig into comforting meals just like the “Fancy” steak dinner, Reba’s crispy smashed potatoes and this spin on the towering BLT sandwich (shared under and on this week’s problem of PEOPLE).

The spot additionally has a lot of nods to her family members — the third-floor library contains books owned by McEntire’s late mom, Jacqueline. “They had been her treasure,” she says.

Reba’s Place — a 15,000-square-foot house — is located in Atoka, Okla. which is about halfway between Tulsa and Dallas.

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The restaurant’s chef is Kurtess Mortensen, previously of the Pioneer Girl Mercantile (Ree Drummond’s restaurant in Pawhuska, about three hours away).

“I advised them, ‘You bought to have nice iced tea. Nice bread. I would like rooster fried steak. Hen fried rooster. I would like beans and cornbread,’ ” McEntire advised PEOPLE forward of the grand opening.

“I’m so pleased with everybody concerned,” she added.

For extra on McEntire, plus our full listing of issues to do, eat, and see this summer season, choose up the newest problem of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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The under recipe is a house cook-friendly model of the Reba’s Place sandwich. The unique BLT within the restaurant consists of a whopping 8 slices of bacon, pickles of a number of totally different flavors and thoroughly crafted garlic aioli!

BLT with Bacon Aioli

1 garlic head, peeled

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 Tbsp. tomato paste or double-concentrate tomato paste

1 massive egg yolk, at room temperature

1⁄4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. canola oil

9 slices cooked thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, crisply cooked and divided

1⁄4 cup contemporary basil leaves, finely chopped

½ tsp. kosher salt, divided

4 (½-in.-thick) whole-grain bread slices, toasted

4 inexperienced leaf lettuce leaves

1 massive (12-oz.) heirloom tomato, reduce into 6 slices

1⁄4 tsp. black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 250°. Place garlic and olive oil in a small ovenproof saucepan, including extra oil as wanted till cloves are submerged. Cowl; bake till garlic is golden and tender, 1 hour to 1 hour, half-hour. Take away from oven. Let garlic confit cool, uncovered, half-hour.

2. Take away 3 cooled garlic cloves from oil, and place in a meals processor. Add tomato paste and egg yolk; pulse till easy, about 5 pulses. Pour canola oil and 6 tablespoons oil from garlic confit right into a liquid measuring cup. With meals processor working, regularly pour oil combination in 2 batches by meals chute; scrape down sides and backside of bowl after every addition. Course of till combination resembles the consistency of mayonnaise, 2 to three minutes, including 1 tablespoon of water at a time if combination is simply too thick. Switch aioli to a medium bowl.

3. Finely chop 1 bacon slice; add chopped bacon, basil and ¼ teaspoon salt to aioli in bowl, stirring till mixed.

4. Unfold each bit of toasted bread with 1 tablespoon aioli. Prime 2 bread slices every evenly with lettuce and tomato slices. Season tomatoes with pepper and ¼ teaspoon salt. Prime with 4 bacon slices every. Cowl with remaining 2 bread slices; serve.

Serves: 2
Lively time: 35 minutes
Whole time: 2 hours, 10 minutes