Ramey's Tri-Tip & Spare RIbs w/ QVIEW

Discussion in 'Beef' started by thunderdome, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    This past week I had to travel to the Imperial Valley for work. While I was out there I heard a rumor that a local place in Brawley had “the worlds best Carne Asada”. What a bold statement! While on the drive I asked the driver what he recommended and he said “Tri-tip, they have the best”, which was also a bold statment considering the amount of tri-tip sold in Southern CA and Western AZ. So we hopped in the truck and drove towards Brawley to a little meat market called “Ramey’s Meats”. It was very small and rustic looking building. So we walked in and ordered 7 Tri-tips (3 marinaded, 4 regular). It was a cool little place that looked like it was the exact same as the day they opened. They had a guy sitting behind a desk just left of the door, and the butchers area to the right.

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    The lobby has enough room for about 4 people to stand uncomfortably. Their meat comes from Brandt Farms who raise their cattle on strictly grass. Here is a link to some reviews of their meat. After I read a few reviews of Ramey’s, I instantly regretted not picking up some Carne Asada…next time I guess. I left the marinaded tri-tip in my fridge and decided to cook it up with a couple racks of ribs on Sunday.

    My supermarket had a pork sale this week. Buy one get one free! Sounds great right? Or is it just that they double the price of pork for a week….


    2 Racks of Spareribs…$23


    Trimmed up



    My leftovers from the trimmings, soon to be in a pot of beans



    Rubbed with a little maple syrup, and mustard, then a liberal dose of my rub


    Rack #2..same treatment



    Here they are after about 2 hours on the drum. No spritzing



    After the ribs were on for about 3 hours, I threw on the Tri-tip




    Whipped up a batch of a modified Jeff’s sauce



    After about an hour and a half on the smoker, I put the tri-tip on a hot gril for a little searing



    Unfoiled the ribs after 1.5 hours. Got a little too much pullback, but the texture was still great. Brushed with a single coat of the sauce for appearance



    Let the Tri-tip hit 140 on the grill, and tented in foil for a little while



    Here she is…My marinaded Tri-tip. Look at the quality of the meat



    Smoke ring close-up



    So good. My best yet



    Here it is just before we rang the dinner bell



    Close-up of the sliced ribs



    My plate. My wife made pasta salad


    Ribz



    Tri-Tip

    The fam seemed to enjoy it. I highly recommend Ramey’s for tri-tip. The quality was fantastic, and the marinade was awesome
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2011
  2. jakerz66

    jakerz66 Smoke Blower

    Good looking digs my friend!
     
  3. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    OMG---TD---THAT is ALL Awesome!!!!

    A perfect plate too!

    Thanks for some great views!

    Bear
     
  4. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    WOW [​IMG]
     
  5. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    That looks excellent!

    I've never smoked a Tri-tip, just cook them on the grill, I'm going to pull one out of the freezer and give it a try.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Gene
     
  6. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    That looks excellent!

    I've never smoked a Tri-tip, just cook them on the grill, I'm going to pull one out of the freezer and give it a try.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Gene
     
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That looks excellent. I like my tri tip a little on the rare side, but yours looked awesome! The ribs looked to die for!
     
  8. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    Man O Man that is some great looking Q.. bet it was tasty nice job[​IMG]
     
  9. woodchucks

    woodchucks Smoke Blower

    Awesome Awesome  what else can I say    Did I say Awesome[​IMG]
     
  10. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great job TD - that place has been around  for a long time and I keep meaning to go out there but never seem to make it .  When are you coming into San Diego again?
     
  11. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    Thanks! I'm not sure when, but I know I'll be back to Imperial within next couple months
     

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