Carne Asada & Sensational Meats
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?
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:
> 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
> 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):
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.
3867 Hammel St, Los Angeles, CA