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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

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  1. Check out Big Buy Foods in East LA

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

    1. How 'bout Korean BBQ?

      Try Han Kook Supermarket or Choice Meat Market.

      1. 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. Dona Linda Market on Allen and Villa in Pasadena.

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          1. re: martyR

            Minor correction - it's the LINDA ROSA market,

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

            1. re: Local

              Yikes! I make that mistake too often.

          2. 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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