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Road Trip Hit: Ranch Hand BBQ & Grill (Newbury Park,CA)

Posted by Caveman Cooking on September 18, 2010

Ranch Hand BBQ & GrillAnother installment of Road Trip Hits. Taking a page from Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, this ongoing series features some of those little known paragons of road-trip rations.

Okay, so this technically wasn’t a “road trip”. Just a quick lunch stop between picking up the Cavegirl, who gets out of school at 1:30, and corralling the Caveboy, who gets out an hour later. But, Ranch Hand BBQ & Grill (NOTE THEIR NEW ADDRESS: 1015 Broadbeck Drive Suite A Newbury Park, CA 91320 805-375-4252) is truly your typical road-house type of establishment (also known by such names as “greasy spoon” or “hole in the wall”), offering tasty, hearty food at a reasonable price.
Having spent the entire morning and lunch hour in a voice over session, I hadn’t had a chance to eat a thing yesterday. Since my stomach was talking louder than I could speak, I thought it might be a good idea to appease the belly-beast. Ranch Hand has been on my radar to try ever since we moved into the neighborhood. Though, it was always an afterthought as I would drive by and say, “Oh! We should have gone there!!” after munching at some other local spot. Yesterday, however, that little light bulb went off over my head as I drove to the school and I eagerly awaited my introduction to the local Q-house.
As we walked in, I noticed the old authentic Western saddle by the door … nice touch. There was one small table and two chairs outside, but a few more tables with chairs inside – enough to seat several families at once. The guy behind the counter, Chris, was very nice and couldn’t have been more kind to the Cavegirl, giving her a lollypop and one to take home for her brother. Behind him, the lunch special board had seven or eight options on it. Being that I’m always looking for a deal, this seemed like the way to go. The only problem was choosing between all the possibilities like the Pulled Pork sandwich, 1/2 a BBQ Chicken, Burger, etc. I opted for the Tri-tip Sandwich special, which also included one side-dish (I went with the Coleslaw) and a refillable fountain drink, all for $7.95.Tri-tip Sandwich
As we sat and waited for the food to be prepared, I noticed that the walls were covered with notes and drawings from previous customers. I knew instantly, that this was a very Cave-friendly place. Chris also came by our table and asked the Cavegirl all about her school and her favorite things to do, which made the wait seem to go by in an instant.
When the food did arrive, I was pleased by the amount of meat that was piled onto the soft, fresh sandwich roll. Too often these days, places will slap one slice of meat on each half of the sandwich and call it good. This one was packed several layers high – the perfect amount! As you can see, it also had a nice basting of their proprietary sauce. I took that first bite … oh my, was it good! The Tri-tip was amazingly tender, full of wonderful flavor, and complimented by the zesty sweetness of the sauce. I offered the Cavegirl a bite … BIG mistake! As she proceeded to eat almost half of my sandwich despite the fact that she had finished off a full lunch just over an hour earlier. 😯
CavegirlI then took a bite of the slaw and was pleasantly surprised by the unique sweet tang it possessed. I then started piling a little onto each bite of the sandwich and then topping it off with a little squirt of their homemade BBQ sauce in the spicy variety and I was absolutely in gastronomic heaven. While it really complimented the Trip-tip unbelievably well, I imagine it must be otherworldly when combined with some of their Pulled Pork which, I am told, is as good as anything you can get down in the BBQ Belt
All together, it was one of those sandwich experiences you just never wanted to end. In one of the late Warren Zevon’s last interviews, just before his impending passing, he said, “Enjoy every sandwich”. If he had gotten the chance to taste one of these he might have added, “… as long as it’s a Tri-tip sandwich from Ranch Hand!”
After some fact digging with Chris, it turns out the owner, Arnold, and his family used to live in the Santa Ynez valley, the place where grilling this cut of beef originated. In fact, they apparently had a BBQ joint there for years where he learned his trade and, obviously, learned it well. I can’t wait to go back and give the Pulled Pork, chicken, ribs, House Chips, mac salad, and deep fried Twinkie a try … but not all at once! 😉 The Cavegirl can’t wait either, as you can see by the delight the Ranch Hand BBQ & Grill left on her face. The only drawback is that they don’t really offer anything vegetarian other than their side dishes and a house salad. So, the Cavewoman is out of luck on this one. You’d think, especially being a So Cal establishment, that they’d throw a Veggie Burger or Grilled Cheese sandwich on the menu. But, until they do, at least the Cavekids and I have a new Road Trip Hit right in our own backyard. Gotta love that!

UPDATE: I have since found out that they do indeed offer a veggie burger for the herbivore crowd … it’s just not officially on the menu because meat is their obsession. But, if you ask for one, Arnold swears he’ll gladly throw a veggie burger on the grill for you!

UPDATE #2: They updated their menu when they recently moved to a bigger and better location … and the “Garden Burger” is now proudly on it! Plus, they’ve added a stone pizza oven … and their Zah is gooooooood!!

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R&R Country-style Ribs

Posted by Caveman Cooking on July 19, 2010

R&R Country-style Ribs 4
I’ve given you the Rub and I’ve given you The Sauce. Now, it’s time I gave you the recipe, or at least one of them, that goes great with both of them. The best thing about Country-style Ribs is that there is a lot more meat involved in eating, and a lot less work involved in making, them compared to Spare or Baby Back Ribs … perfect for a lazy Caveman, like me!


3.5 to 4 Pounds Country-style Pork Shoulder Ribs
1 Preparation BBQ Rub-a-dub
1 Preparation R&R BBQ Sauce


Place ribs onto a suitable platter and liberally cover both sides with BBQ Rub-a-dub. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (overnight is better).
HINT: After covering, press the rub into the meat. This will help it to better absorb the flavors of the rub.
R&R Country-style Ribs 1

Pre-heat grill on high heat. Place meat onto grill and quick-sear both sides to seal in juices (much like you would a steak). Then, reduce heat to medium, medium-low. Cover and cook for another 5-6 minutes per side (10-12 minutes total) should do the trick. Keep an eye on them because you don’t want to serve them rare, but you also don’t want to overcook ’em either. Just before they are done, take some of the R&R BBQ Sauce and baste liberally. Cover for one minute, then turn the ribs over and repeat the basting process.
R&R Country-style Ribs 2

When done, remove from grill and let stand for several minutes. Again, this helps keep the juices from flowing out when you slice into these tasty morsels of pure pork pleasure.
R&R Country-style Ribs 3

Brush ribs with a bit more sauce and serve with some of your favorite sides (and a steak knife). Pictured here with fresh corn on the cob and Chopped Caprese Salad.
R&R Country-style Ribs 4

Prep Time = 5 minutes
Cook Time = 15-20 Minutes
Serves up to 6

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Memorial Day BBQ

Posted by Caveman Cooking on May 27, 2010

Poppa Mike’s Legendary Gnarly Burgers

Poppa Mike’s Legendary Gnarly Burgers

For the Caveclan, any day that ends in “Y” is a good excuse for a barbeque. But, for many of the less “Fire goooood!” inclined in the USA, the Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of their Q-ing season. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the need for balmy weather in order to fire up the grill. It’s just that, being a Caveman and all, anything short of hurricane force winds just won’t keep me away from a date with my BBQ. That said, with it’s imminent arrival just hours away, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite outdoor cooking recipes to make sure your Holiday celebration is full of fantastic flavor!
Nothing says good old-fashioned American barbeque than a juicy, hot off the grill, hamburger. Just about any burger tastes better when it’s been flame broiled outside over a charcoal flame. As a child with a very limited palate, those ground beef patties made up the large bulk of my diet. So, I became very versed in how they should taste. Though, for some reason my grandfather’s burgers always tasted better than so many of the others I had encountered. Being that Poppa Mike had spent the bulk of his career in the meat business, I figured that he just knew something the others didn’t. What I didn’t learn, until years later, was that he actually had a secret recipe that took his burgers to the meat mountaintop. I’ve since adjusted his recipe slightly, but still pay great homage to his with Poppa Mike’s Legendary Gnarly Burgers. Give these juicy, flavorful babies a try at your Q this weekend if you enjoy hearing mewls of delectable pleasure coming from your guests … as well as yourself!
Beale Street BBQ Ribs

Beale Street BBQ Ribs

If BBQ ribs are your thing (their mine, too!) then you can’t go wrong with a rack or two of our Beale Street BBQ Ribs. These tasty pork bones are so easy to make. The trick is to let them marinate in the rub for as long as you can … 2-3 days isn’t unheard of around here. Also, be sure to cook them long and slow, and not to baste them too soon or the sauce will burn. Other than that, it’s a very basic BBQ recipe that will have your eyes rolling into the back of your head with each bite. Of course, you will need a preparation of Killer BBQ Sauce to go with them. But, that is a pretty easy recipe, as well. The downside with these is that you won’t look pretty by the time you are finished, but they are soooooo good that you won’t care! Besides, that’s why Wet Naps were invented!!
Juicy Beer Can Chicken

Juicy Beer Can Chicken

Searching for something a bit lighter and healthier? Then, a Juicy Beer Can Chicken is right up your alley. An easy to prepare recipe that doesn’t require much tending to once it is on the grill. Making it the perfect dish when you want to spend more time with your guests than over the fire. The best part of this recipe is that, even if you over cook it, all the meat (even the breast meat) still comes out so juicy and flavorful, it’s almost fool-proof. Plus, since there is no oil or fat used in the making of it, and most of the internal fats drip out during the cooking process, it is one of the healthiest dishes you can make. However, you don’t have to tell your guests it’s acutally good for them until they start begging you for the recipe … and they will! 😉
Killer Mac Salad

Killer Mac Salad

Naturally, every barbeque is in need of a good side dish. And this one may just be the perfect compliment to any gathering ’round the grill. Macaroni salad is a traditional staple of Hawaiian BBQ dishes and has made it’s way into the mainstream of American outdoor eating, as well. Personally, I never was a fan of mac salad until I had the incredible one served up by Dr. Hogly Wogly’s Tyler Texas BBQ in Reseda, California. From that moment on, I was in a mad search to be able to make a great version of this scrumptious side. It took years, but I finally came up with a Killer Mac Salad recipe that truly lives up to it’s name. One of it’s advantages is that it is so much better when made a day in advance, which gives it time to soak up and blend all the flavors and seasonings, making it a very convenient dish! But, the best part is really the taste. My favorite way to eat it is to drizzle some of the Killer BBQ Sauce on it. I also tend to dip whatever meat I’m eating with it into the sauce that is inevitably left over from a heapin’ helping of this “pastatality”. Mmmmmmm MMMMMMM! … I’m jonesing for it just by writing this!
Easy Peasy Cherry Crumble Cake

Easy Peasy Cherry Crumble Cake

No Memorial Day BBQ, or any type of meal for that matter, is complete without a dessert. As you might know, the Cavewoman is quite the baker. Many of her recipes take numerous ingredients and steps to achieve a fanciful fruition. But, it’s one of her easiest and quickest recipes that will compliment the backyard Q quite well this year. Her Easy Peasy Cherry Crumble Cake will have everyone thinking you took a baking course at some culinary academy when they taste this sweet slice of heaven. If you aren’t too keen on cherries, just substitute blueberries, apples, or peaches. Or, for the truly adventurous, whip up an order of Cave’s Cranberry Sauce and sub in an amount equal to the can of cherry pie filling. We gave that a go recently and man was it gooooooood!
We hope that these suggestions either help or inspire you to have a fun, festive, and flavorsome gathering. Whatever you end up planning for this Memorial Day holiday, just be sure to include as many friends and/or family as possible. They are the true ingredients to a merry and memorable time. And, please take a moment from your festivities to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy the good times together with freedom and liberty.

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Manna BBQ

Posted by Caveman Cooking on February 11, 2010

Manna BBQIf you head to Koreatown (affectionately known to LA locals as “K-town”) you can find any number of tasty, authentic Korean barbeque restaurants. But, if you are on the Westside of town craving kimchi, fish cakes, marinated meats, and a table with a big round grill carved into the center of it for you to cook the meats yourself, then you were out of luck. With the remodel of Culver City’s old Fox Hills Mall into the new Westfield Fox Hills has come a slew of new food establishments, including Manna BBQ. From the numerous grill tables, to the call buttons to summon your waitperson, to the traditional menu selections, Manna is as authentic as they come. Yeah, that’s right … real sit-down, full serivce Korean BBQ in a mall!

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