We were up in San Luis Obispo for the Thursday night farmer's market and they've got these serious BBQ set-ups in the street doing the Santa Maria thing - tri-tip and ribs - and I had a total yen to try some beef ribs. I wouldn't admit this to my friends, most of whom have only contempt for anyone who would choose a beef rib when pork ribs were available - but I think comparing beef ribs and baby backs is like comparing sirloin steak and salmon steak - a completely different animal (literally.)
Anyway - back to SLO. There were two places selling single ribs for $2.50, and they wound up giving me two and three ribs respectively (I shared with family). Meaty, smoky, sauced up and truly terrific. The third place might have been the best - it was a Chinese joint that was dishing up chow mein but they had beef ribs - $3.00 each - and mine was huge, meaty, tender and barely dusted with a little hoisin sauce. Incredible flavor.
But now - back in Santa Monica - I want that experience close to home. Not that many BBQ places do beef ribs. Mr. Cecil's does, and I had one last night - it was good, kind of pulled away from the bone but tender, sweet sauce on the side. At $3.50 for a single rib, kinda steep. Then there's that place on Lincoln, Bennie's BBQ I think? that had a beef rack I really liked - vinegary sauce, lots of meat, a little fatty. Not a lot of people like that place but I'd go back there.
So finally the question: any other beef rib fans out there? Where's the awesome spot? Bonus points if it's within shouting distance of the west side. But I'm ready to travel for the real deal.
Thanks - BIM