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.
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
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
The fam seemed to enjoy it. I highly recommend Ramey’s for tri-tip. The quality was fantastic, and the marinade was awesome
Edited by ThunderDome - 3/21/11 at 2:49pm