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One Delicious Tri-Tip Barbecue Recipe!

Posted by Casey Jones on Nov 16, 2014 7:05:27 PM

Well folks, for this new blog, I thought I would share a BBQ recipe with you. Sure, it's fun to go and try BBQ joints. Someone else does all the hard work of preparing and serving you, and best of all, there's no mess to clean up! Now, I am sure that while we all enjoy eating out every once in a while, you have to agree, there is nothing, and I mean nothing, like preparing it yourself for those you love. Heck, even when I am eating at a BBQ joint, I am constantly critiquing. It is more often than not, nearly as good as what we are used to getting at home. So for this installment, I thought I would start off with something simple, yet delicious. I am talking tri-tip!

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Topics: barbecue, grill, tri-tip, meat, recipe

Todd's Cookhouse BBQ Oakhust, CA

Posted by Casey Jones on Oct 13, 2014 8:01:00 PM

Our last BBQ stop on our week long trip was Todd's Cook House BBQ in Oakhurst, (check out their Facebook page here!) just outside of Yosemite. This last leg took us about 5 hours. Traveling from Pismo to Oakhurst was hungry business, and you know I am all about taking care of business! Once we checked in at the hotel, it was a short block away to get to Todd's Cook House Bar-B-Que, so we walked. It is a nice little place from the outside. So far so good.

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Topics: ribs, barbecue, BBQ, restaurant review

Santa Maria Tri-Tip Pilgrimage

Posted by Casey Jones on Oct 5, 2014 5:13:00 PM

Today we had a chance to drive into Santa Maria, the birth place of Tri-tip, and I was ready to
celebrate that birth! This visit would be to Shaw's Steakhouse Tavern and we were ready to try
the top rated Tri-tip in the area.

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Topics: barbecue

Woody's Barbecue

Posted by Casey Jones on Sep 29, 2014 9:55:00 PM


Our next stop was Woody's Barbecue in Santa Barbara/Goleta. Woody's is in a strip mall, and the inside is a mixture of rustic western mixed with classic video game arcade. There was a small approximately 20" television with ESPN playing. No flat screens here. We appeared to be the only people eating there at about 3:30pm on a Monday afternoon. I was looking forward to some sliced brisket, but was no brisket on the menu that was not chopped, slathered in sauce and placed on a sandwich. So I ordered the 3 meat combo and chose spare ribs, beef ribs and spicy italian sausage with onion rings and the salad bar for my sides. My barbecue buddy went for the smoked 1/2 chicken and Tri-tip with salad bar and a baked potato. We ordered them all with no sauce so we could taste the spice rub and the smoke. Woody's smokes their meats with oak and I was looking forward to barbecue kissed with smoke. When the food came out, it was obvious we were going to have a better experience than we did at Naples Rib Company 2 days ago.

When the plates arrived, I was impressed by the portions and the color of the meats. The spare ribs and beef ribs were smoked nicely and the meat was moist. The sausages were on the verge of being too dry, but had a great flavor and the casing had an excellent snap. The half chicken was dry and by far the most disappointing part of the experience and the Tri-tip was too well done for our taste and also verging closer to the dry side. They were sadly under seasoned. That is the same problem that I had with the spare ribs and beef ribs. They almost tasted as if there was no seasoning at all. I have to say that I was disappointed that I had to use the sauce to add flavor. I love it when the meat is seasoned with a tasty rub that forms a bark on the outside of the meat and brings out the flavor of the meat, but sadly, this wasn't the case. The 2 home made barbecue sauces however, were really good, and I used the spicy sauce very lightly and that brought the ribs to life. Normally, according to our waiter, Woody's serves their meats sauced, which would explain the lack of seasoning. We all know my feeling about barbecue meats served covered in sauce. Noooooooooooooooo!!!!!

On to the sides. The salad bar was ok. Not a lot of choices, but it is a barbecue joint, so who cares!? It was nice that they had one so I could tell the wife I had some greens along with my cholesterol. The onion rings were actually really good. They were nice and crispy and had great flavor! 

The baked potato, well, it was a baked potato.

All in all, Woody's was a good experience and the portions were so generous that it was too much food to finish, so we packed the rest to go. On the way out of the strip mall, we ran into someone that could use the rest of the portion more than we could and they were happy to receive it. I am sure they were not nearly as critical as I was, and maybe that's the better message to take from this. In the end, we were grateful for our experience. If you're ever in Santa Barbara looking for barbecue, give Woody's a visit and you won't be disappointed. Just don't order it with no sauce, and remember, Barbecue is love, and we all need love!



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Topics: ribs, barbecue

Naples Rib Company in Long Beach

Posted by Casey Jones on Sep 29, 2014 8:40:00 PM

Our first stop on the trip for BBQ is the Naples Rib Company in Long Beach. For every area we will visit in the next 8 days, we have looked up the best rated Barbecue in the area, and Naples is it for Long Beach. So off we went! My BBQ buddy and I were looking forward to a great experience to start not only our trip, but also my new BBQ blog, which I hope you enjoy following as much as I enjoy doing the research and sharing.

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Topics: naples rib company, ribs, long beach, barbecue

Tasty Barbecue

My name is Casey, and I'm a rolling stone.

I roll from barbecue place to barbecue place looking for the tastiest barbecue in the states. I tell it like it is.

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