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Carne Asada & Sensational Meats

SilverlakeGirl May 16, 2009 04:21 PM

Well, now that I have assembled and fired up my new grill [why doesn't Chowhound have a BBQ forum?], I am looking to find some good meats to grill.

Some time ago there was a thread on Mexican markets in LA to buy great Carne Asada. Although I have found some nice threads in "Search", I cannot find the one in question.

Does anyone have markets that can recommend for great grilling meats, barbecue or not?

Thanks!

SLG

  1. Eat_Nopal May 19, 2009 05:49 PM

    Wait do you mean BBQ or Grilling?

    Personally I used to buy my meat at Whole Foods because the yam yams that shop there under appreciate the best cuts like Oxtails & Skirt Steak.

    I used to purchase decent Grass fed, New Zealand skirt for $7 a pound. Its about half inch thick... so you can season it simply & grill it on low heat to medium / medium rare (faint pink throughout) to deliver a more authentic Arrachera style Carne Asada... or butterfly & macerate (in beer or citrus + herbs) for a more Altiplano Central style Carne Asada. And if you aren't on a budget... Mexico's Carne Asada connoisseurs while always serve a thick, juice Cabereria (a particular trim of Rib Eye which StreetgourmetLA can probably provide the English name for).

    And of course if you are going to do a proper Mexican style Asado you need:

    > Wood
    > Cabreria
    > Arrachera (Inner Skirt)
    > Ranchera (Outer Skirt buterflied)
    > Chuleton (Street what is this in English is it a Cowboy?)
    > Various Sausages (Dried & Fresh)
    > Veal Chitlins
    > Wild Green Onions
    > Nopalitos
    > Guacamole
    > Handmade Tortillas
    > Chiltepin & Tomatillo Milpero (Wild Tomatillo) salsa

    See pictures below for mouthwatering evidence of how people in Mexico (in this case Veracruz) do a proper Asado (bonus points if your grill is made out of a repurposed oil drum):

     
     
     
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    1. re: Eat_Nopal
      Eat_Nopal May 19, 2009 05:59 PM

      pic

       
    2. martyR May 19, 2009 06:44 AM

      Dona Linda Market on Allen and Villa in Pasadena.

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      1. re: martyR
        Local May 19, 2009 06:59 AM

        Minor correction - it's the LINDA ROSA market,

        recent carne asada thread:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/613637

        1. re: Local
          martyR May 19, 2009 05:20 PM

          Yikes! I make that mistake too often.

      2. blackbookali May 17, 2009 12:02 PM

        For great Carne Asada: Gonzalez Markets

        For a broad selection of kabobs, sausages and marinated skirt and flank steak: Jim's Market

        If you don't mind the price, Bristol Farms.

        And honestly, you will save loads of dough and have better quality meats if you start marinating them yourself.

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        Gonzalez Market
        3867 Hammel St, Los Angeles, CA

        1. ipsedixit May 17, 2009 12:41 AM

          How 'bout Korean BBQ?

          Try Han Kook Supermarket or Choice Meat Market.

          1. Servorg May 16, 2009 04:34 PM

            Check out Big Buy Foods in East LA

            Big Buy Foods
            2233 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
            Los Angeles, CA 90033
            (323)264-2230

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