Local beef at Coolidge Variety in Watertown!
So I contemplated keeping this to myself ... ;)
... but Nick at Coolidge Variety just got in a side of Halal, grass-fed beef from a farm in Athol, MA. I, for one, am psyched because it's so hard to find local meat that's not frozen and cryovaced.
I'm attaching a picture of some beef ribs I bought. They're going on the Big Green Egg as soon as we get a nice day. I also picked up some brisket, sirloin tips, a t-bone, and a shank ... aw heck, as much as my fridge and budget could fit.
Anyway, just a tip for the local-meativores out there. I haven't seen anything else like this around here.
Yes, he has lamb from the same place. I served some relatives a shoulder roast Nick sold me in the summer and they proclaimed it the best lamb they've ever had.
I ended up cooking the beef ribs Friday and serving them for dinner Saturday night. I cooked them low with smoke on the Big Green Egg until they got to 165 internal, then wrapped them in foil and kept them on til 195. Amazing, both straight off the grill and reheated in an Adam Perry Lang-inspired barbecue sauce. I'll be doing that again.
I'm super excited to have meat of this quality available fresh in my neighborhood.
This place is dear to my heart, although I don't shop there as often as I should to support them. How were the prices for comparable meat? Their prices for everyday meats are reasonable, and the service is really friendly. They are happy to cut things to size without extra charge and generally try to be really helpful.