First off, for all those who recommended it...THANK YOU! We now have a fun little detour on our bi-annual trip down to Pacific Grove.
We lingered in Santa Cruz longer than intended, but still managed to hit Corralitos at about 4. We surveyed their selection and chose some pre-marinated skirt steak (bloody mary variety) and two sausages as it was just the two of us. The steak was perfectly tender, and, being premarinated, had amazing flavor.
We got the andouille with cheese on the sausage man's recommendation, as well as a "fine ground" keilbasa-esque sausage, though I don't remember the exact name.
One thing I didn't expect, was that all the sausages were smoked. When I think of sausage, I often think of raw. Not that this was a draw back, however. The smell of smoke permeated all of lovely Corralitos.
Oh, the BACON, how could I forget the bacon? We purchased one pound of smoked bacon. It was promptly devoured Valentine's Day morning. It doesn't cook exactly like regular bacon, so took some getting used to, but by the second pan-go-round we were in a perfect rythem. DELICIOUS and smoky!
Their selection is really unparalleled in quantity and quality.
With its easy-on, easy-off driving style from the highway, I recommend Corralitos Meat Market and Sausage Co. highly if you are in the area. I would even say it would be worth the trip, with San Mateo County as the far range to the north.
We'll be going back. Yum.
Corralitos Market & Sausage Co
569 Corralitos Rd, Watsonville, CA