We're going to have one last summer BBQ this weekend.
It's going to be hot enough for the kid's to use the pool one last time.
So, I figured this would be a good chance to tell you where I shop for good meat to barbecue.
1) Every barbecue we do (just about) has carne asada, pollo and/or carnitas from Taqueria Sanchez. The place gets debated once in a while here as a restaurant. Some like it, some don't. Personally, I don't think it's a destination unless you live in the 'hood like we do. It's good, but you've got a place just as good near you.
But ... they do the best marinated meat. Their carne asada is legendary in parts of West Los Angeles. When I tell people where I live, they go ... "Oh, right near Sanchez Market." (Sometimes they say El Abajeno, fwiw.) Everyone we know from SaMo, Venice and CC gets their asada at Sanchez. It's thin sliced and marinated to perfection with little scallions and stuff. You just tell them how many pounds you want of beef, chicken and pork and they put it in big aluminum trays all soaking in the marinade. All you have to do is toss it on the grill - it cooks really east. Get some salsa at Sanchez, corn tortillas ... anyway, I don't want to tell you HOW to barbecue, that's for the home cooking board anyway. This is about supermarkets.
2) I've never tried Jeff's Gourmet Sausages but I learned about it on this board and plan to go get a bunch. If the plan works out, I'll report on how the sausages cooked up. We like to do hot dogs and sausages when we 'Q because the kids like stuff they can throw on a bun and walk around dripping mustard on my couch with. Also, we fill the kids up on the sausages so that they stay away from the steak.
3) If we're gonna to real steak (not just the asada) then we go to Candy's Gourmet Meats in Marina Del Rey. I can't lie - we don't only buy steaks there ... I don't have the dough, sometimes we go to a regular store. But for special occasions, the only meat market to go to is Candy's.
Candy's is located in Allen's Market in the 300 block of West Washington, just east of Baja Cantina, just west of Kifune and Pasta Factory. Allen's Market is just the local grocery, the closest market really to the the South Venice, North Marina neighborhood -- a lot of people who live on boats shop there. It's nothing special ...
But Candy runs the butcher. He just rents the space, doesn't own the store.
I first met Candy when I was out drinking with a Santa Monica Fire Department Captain at El Texate in Santa Monica and Candy was drinking at the same bar and ended up picking up our check. Turned out he and my buddy were old pals and Candy sometimes hooks up the fire stations with great meat.
Since then, we've been buying our steaks (and other meat) at Candy's when we wanted something special. I never know what cut I'm going to get (partial to the rib eye for barbecue) because I usually just ask them to hook me up. It's really high quality beef, much better than what you find in most places.
I won't go into the marinade and all that because it becomes a recipe post, but I did want to turn the 'hounds on to Sanchez Market and Candy's for their meat purchase needs.
Let me know what you think ...