Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Cowboy Jim and Santa Maria Style BBQ

 Jim(my husband, center), paying close attention to how it's done

My husband's employer was the high bidder in a local charity auction.  The prize was a calf round-up and BBQ for ten people.  Jim and I were fortunate to be two out of the ten last Saturday:)
The real deal

We are both city folk,  born and raised in Los Angeles.   I have been to a cattle round-up one other time, in Wyoming decades ago, and Jim worked on a cattle ranch one summer in Utah, also decades ago.
Cowboys at work

Though the ranch was only about five miles from our home, and we've lived here twenty  one years, we've never been privy to a working cattle ranch in those twenty one years. It was an enjoyable experience.
Time for Jim to jump in

Jim was the only "civilian" that wanted to join in and try his hand at some cowboy shenanigans.  All the guys were so helpful:)
 Branding a calf

Cowboy Jim gets down to the nitty-gritty.  Yee haw!
Mission accomplished

I must say, I cringed a little bit for the calves when they were branded, and a lot when they were castrated(I had to turn my head for that).
 The "oysters" are on the right, in the BBQ "baskets".

 The severed  "parts" were referred to as "Rocky mountain oysters" on the BBQ. I didn't really care for them, but might have if they had been deep fried instead of grilled:)
Here's what we were all waiting for:)

I sure did love this top sirloin though!  Just look at those beauties.  Santa Maria Style BBQ is the BEST!  I've definitely had plenty of it since I've been here on the central coast:) YUM!  (Click on the pink link above to see the BBQ details and enjoy Santa Maria Style BBQ wherever you live!)
Jim may not be a cowboy, but he's become pretty proficient at the oak BBQ!

Thanks, Jeff, for inviting us!


  1. Looks awesome! And I live less than an hour from Santa Maria (Santa Barbara) and have never had Santa Maria BBQ. Isn't that just nuts?! Thanks for sharing!

  2. That looks like such a fun experience. Jim looks like a natural in his cowboy attire :)

  3. I saw this post and felt nostalgic. I am from Santa Maria - I LOVE Santa Maria style BBQ. I don't get it form SM anymore, but my dad sure did master grilling, and now from time to time we still get it in UT...Suzie Q's and all...SO expensive here though because Tri Tip isn't as popular in UT.

  4. Sue, I hate to admit it, but I can't even imagine spending a day on a working animal farm. I need to do something like this and get closer to my food. I did work on a vegetable farm last summer, and was pretty happy sticking to weed pulling.

    How fun your husband's boss picked you guys!


  5. What an incredible experience. Love the pictures and now I'm hungry looking at those sausages. Yum.

  6. What a great experience. I wish that I can be there. The BBQ is spectacular!

  7. Wow, what an experience and such delicious looking food too.

  8. Sue, you are a lot braver than I am. I have seen Rocky Mt. Oysters on the menu but never tried them. OUch, just the thought makes me hurt. The event looks so fun. Did Jim just jump in because he knew you would blog it! (Just kidding). Everything looks really fun and I will have to follow the link.

  9. Hehe I've had Rocky Mountain oysters once and they were ok. Not something I'd readily order again but not as bad as I thought they would be!

  10. What a fantastic experience and BBQ¡¡

  11. I'd have to look away too -- and I grew up on a cattle farm! (I spent much more time in the fields than I did in the barn.)

  12., what a great time this must have been!!

  13. Love this post. Looks like it was so fun and filling! Sidenote- your daughter is very lucky to have you!

  14. Hi! I just liked your FB page and decided to come check out your blog and was pleasantly surprised to find out you live on the Central Coast. I live in Orcutt! I thank God everyday for such a beautiful place to live and such good BBQ.
    Great blog!