i arrived at hows in granada hills this afternoon to pick up my christmas prime rib roast (thanks to the recommendation of fellow chowhounders) that ill be dry-aging. i found a beautiful 12.25 lb roast for $5.99 a pound after purchasing $35 worth of groceries. we also picked up 5 beautiful spencer steaks for $9.99/lb that we enjoyed for dinner this evening with friends. I was feeling mighty fine about my purchases at this time as I headed out hows door.
sitting right there in front of the store was an impromptu lunch table (sponsored by hows) with hot dogs, tri-tip sandwiches, and whole barbecued tri-tip roasts for sale. having already eaten lunch, my dad and I decided to share just one tri-tip sandwich as a sample. the hows employee picked up a Francisco sandwich bun, and stuffed it generously with hot, barbecue sauce laden, thinly sliced tri-tip meat. both my dad and I thought, wow, thats a generous serving of meat. but the employee proceeded to add another huge portion of meat to the sandwich and then wrapped it up in foil for our enjoyment. we dined right there at some picnic tables behind the serving table. we were delighted a soft bun overflowing with hot, tender, wet tri-tip meat and all for $5.00 per sandwich.
in the parking lot was their barbecue trailer with about 8-10 tri-tip roasts cooking away and locals purchasing them right there for take home enjoyment.
im a little short on the details about whether or not every hows market has this little barbecue operation, but Ive been told that the granada hills location sponsors it every other saturday during the winter (and I think every saturday during the summer). new years day is the next saturday theyre scheduled to be in granada hills again.
if you happen to be in the area, i recommend you give this parking lot barbecue spot a try.