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Santa Maria BBQ...catering?

totallyites May 14, 2010 10:16 AM

Having our wedding at a ranch in Malibu in late August and really struggling to find someone/some place to bring the oak wood & tri-tip for on-site cooking. Really just want basic, well-cooked, authentic Santa Maria (tri-tip, chicken, beans, etc.). I know Santa Maria BBQ Co. in Culver City caters, but haven't been blown away by the quality of their meats.

Has anyone tried Auntie Em's BBQ? Is there a place in Santa Maria itself that will make the trip south?

Any suggestions would be great.

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  1. wienermobile RE: totallyites May 14, 2010 10:52 AM

    You should check with Big Mista BBQ. You can taste them at a few local farmer markets including El Segundo on Thursdays. It's really really good and they do cater. Their brisket is incredible.

    1. mrgreenbeenz RE: totallyites May 14, 2010 12:39 PM

      Big Mista is a bbq rockstar but probably not the go-to guy for traditional santa maria style tri-tip.

      Wish I could give you a name for the following but a lead is all I got. Down at the horsetrack in Del Mar there is a tri-tip crew that comes in and does the whole thing on an open wood-fire bbq wagon kind of deal. Very tasty and aesthetically, a nice fit with a Malibu ranch wedding. Anybody out there know their name?

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        Wolfgang RE: mrgreenbeenz May 14, 2010 12:43 PM

        Pure Joy out of Santa Barbara may make the trip down.

        It's worth a call.

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          Phurstluv RE: mrgreenbeenz May 17, 2010 08:37 AM

          You can call their events dept and they will probably give you the name of the caterer. I used to work in that dept at Santa Anita and we had a caterer that specialized in Sta Maria 'Q, but I cannot recall their name, and they are currently off season.

          Call wherever the horses are running now, Del Mar doesn't usually start until July. Call Hollywood Park, I think that's where they are running right now.

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          schrutefarms RE: totallyites May 16, 2010 11:17 PM

          Try out Notley Que-amazing amazing amazing BBQ, based out of San Diego but caters all over.

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            Aircooled RE: totallyites May 17, 2010 03:19 PM

            From there.

            Your best bet for REAL Santa Maria Style BBQ is: http://www.testacatering.com/aboutus....

            1. Hughlipton RE: totallyites May 17, 2010 06:10 PM

              Google "Ray's Own Brand" in San Luis Obispo and look at their website. They have and will travel to Los Angeles. I can only tell you that at every wine event in Central Coast I have attended where they have catered has been a culinary delight. You might want to order some Saucelito Canyon Zinfandel to go with that.

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                Phurstluv RE: Hughlipton May 17, 2010 08:18 PM

                Is it Sauce a lito or Sausalito (the city), Hugh?

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                  Hughlipton RE: Phurstluv May 18, 2010 07:04 AM

                  Saucelito Canyon Winery in Arroyo Grande just inland from Pismo.

                  Arroyo Grande Restaurant
                  2954 W Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92804

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                    Phurstluv RE: Hughlipton May 18, 2010 01:10 PM

                    I know exactly where that is, thanks for the reference!! Will try them, next time we are RVing in that area!! We love Pismo Beach.

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                      Hughlipton RE: Phurstluv May 19, 2010 07:18 AM

                      Whoops! i forgot. Saucelito Canyon opened a new tasting room in Edna Valley. And if you love Pismo you must have been to Brad's for their clam chowder.

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                        Phurstluv RE: Hughlipton May 19, 2010 07:20 AM

                        No, I haven't. (Long story). I also love Edna Valley. Thanks for the tips.

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                          Hughlipton RE: Phurstluv May 22, 2010 05:56 PM

                          Do try Brad's next trip up. By the way they also have wonderful tri-tip BBQ sandwiches and a lousy wine list as of last year. You also might check out Ray's Own Brand and go to their store where you can get some of the best Central Coast linguica and jerky.

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                            Phurstluv RE: Hughlipton May 26, 2010 08:11 AM

                            Oh, boy, you had to mention jerky, my DH considers that one of the basic food groups, along with beer.

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                coconutz RE: totallyites May 17, 2010 07:50 PM

                Just a lead as I haven't been and don't know how far they travel. They are just over the LA county line from Claremont. I think there are some reviews on this board about them.

                Buckboard Santa Maria Style BBQ

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                  RSMBob RE: coconutz May 17, 2010 07:59 PM

                  I second Buckboard. It's the real deal and catering is a big part of their biz.

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                    attran99 RE: coconutz May 26, 2010 09:02 AM

                    I frequent Buckboard...and I find their food to be pretty good. Not a Santa Maria BBQ traditional dish...but I love their fried pickles.

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                      Phurstluv RE: coconutz May 26, 2010 09:19 AM

                      I believe that was one of the caterers we used at the track, very good food and nice people to work with.

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                      Ginger9 RE: totallyites May 17, 2010 08:02 PM

                      How about asking Hitching Post I in Santa Maria/Casmalia to cater? Their ribs and steaks are the best, and it's the real deal from Santa Maria!

                      1. The Chowhound Team RE: totallyites May 18, 2010 07:25 AM

                        Folks, please keep in mind that the Los Angeles board covers L.A, Orange, and Ventura Counties. While the recommendations for caterers north of the Ventura County line are good leads, we ask everyone to keep the replies here focused to local caterers.

                        totallyites is welcome to ask on the California board about Central Coast caterers willing to make the trip to L.A.

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                          Hughlipton RE: The Chowhound Team May 19, 2010 07:19 AM

                          Sorry. Got to this after I sent my last post.

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                          LisaStitch RE: totallyites Jun 14, 2010 04:09 PM

                          Last summer, I used Thousand Oaks Meat Locker to cater my family reunion which was held on the beach in Malibu. They did a fantastic job. They brought a huge bbq hitched to the back of a truck and cooked right on-site - chicken, burgers, etc. and it included all the sides (including beans), condiments, etc. I highly recommend them. I've never been to their location, but I believe it is a regular storefront/restaurant, so you can stop by for lunch sometime and see how you like it. On their website they do list "Santa Maria Tri-Tip" as an option. They also offer the option of delivering the food to your lcoation (rather than cooking on-site) if you prefer.

                          Thousand Oaks Meat Locker
                          2684 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd
                          Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
                          (805) 495-3211

                          1. mucho gordo RE: totallyites Jun 17, 2010 12:32 PM

                            You might want to check this one out.

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