04 Nov2011

I have recently finished two articles on food scheduled for publication in December and January, and as part of the “research” for one of those articles, I found myself at my favorite purveyor of meats, cheeses and other imported ingredients, S&L Fine Foods, and was thrilled to be amongst the first people to have a sneak peek at their newly arrived stock of Meyer Natural Angus Beef. The container from the U.S. had only been unloaded a few hours before, so this was like seriously straight off the boat… Meyer is an esteemed brand of U.S. premium beef, angus cattle raised from birth without hormones or antibiotics, free to roam part of the day and certified “humane” and raised on a vegetarian diet (kind of ironic, I know).

Sinan, the proprietor of S&L, took out several packages of beef, and some of the plastic wrapper/bags was hard to see through, but other visible pieces clearly displayed a marbling of fat that was to die for. I was so excited when he took out a package of meaty ribs that I asked if I could purchase it for home consumption. But the meat was so new that they hadn’t even finished a price list for the goods, so none of it was for sale, yet. Bummer.

Instead, Sinan had the butcher take out some back ribs, less the meatiest parts, and asked if I would like to try those. They were part of a portion that they earlier used to sample the beef, to make sure it was top quality. This was the equivalent of getting a non-prime cut, but of the finest flavor profile. Think of a giant roast beef on the bone… the meat is superb, but the parts around the bones, that you gnaw on like a cave man are the most tasty and succulent pieces… He refused payment, despite my protestations, and I accepted the generous sample. Back at home, I took this photo and can only describe the piece as beautiful. Rarely do I wax poetic about a raw piece of meat and bone, but just look at this stunning vision! :)

I waited a couple of days before cooking the ribs, battling with instinct on the one hand that said perhaps these had to be marinated and slow-cooked or roasted in an oven before grilling them over coals vs. just going straight to the coals version. Sinan had suggested the latter, but I was worried they would be tough, chewy and dry. I decided to go against my gut and started up a charcoal fire and let it go 15 minutes past its prime, parted the coals so the heat was indirect, and simply salted and peppered the meat, brushed it with a bit of oil and laid it on the grill. Despite the lack of coals directly under the meat, oil still caused a flare-up or two, but nothing unmanageable. Flipped the piece over and total cooking time couldn’t have been more than 12 minutes or so…

After resting the meat, unintentionally longer than I should have, some 15 minutes as a dinner companion was late, I cut up the ribs and they were medium cooked, and wonderfully flavored. Delicious! A bit on the dry side, but I suspect that’s the cut of meat (or should I say bones with meat), and I would certainly not pass up another chance to enjoy this simple but delicious preparation. I can’t wait until the Meyer beef is finally available to customers… This year’s beefy Christmas Holiday Meal is definitely going to be a Meyer Natural Angus Beef product. :)



  1. Ed B. says:

    I just had (a fairly decent) brunch but those ribs are making me drool. :-)

    Nov 4, 2011 | 10:59 am


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  3. PITS, MANILA says:


    Nov 4, 2011 | 11:14 am

  4. Joseph (Vancouver) says:

    Beef ribs. Looks really delicious Mr. MM. I’m drooling already and I have just finished dinner.

    Nov 4, 2011 | 11:15 am

  5. potatokorner says:

    Hmmm ribs!!!. I know its a grill post. But I cant help thinking how that tastes as sinigang :)

    Nov 4, 2011 | 11:31 am

  6. betty q. says:

    MM…For those in our neck of the woods…I have found a store that sells KUROBOTA Pork…locally raised here in BC…the owner of the meat shop does custom cutting! When we get back, I am going for the pork skin and make KUROBOTA CHICHARON for Christmas!!!

    Ros-Anna…please DO NOT forget to ask him if he could save the pork skin for us! Maraming Salamat!

    Farida, I have found also a KUROBOTA farmer in your area if you are interested…www.whistlingtrainfarm.com

    Nov 4, 2011 | 2:27 pm

  7. ayla says:

    Excuse me while I salivate. Beautiful beautiful marbling, it’s almost like a work of art.

    Nov 4, 2011 | 2:51 pm

  8. Jeff says:

    I’d have that with an ice cold beer!

    Nov 4, 2011 | 3:47 pm

  9. MP says:

    Yahooooo I so love the thought that we already have easy access to Meyer beef ribs!!! S&L will be my hangout place when I am home!

    Nov 4, 2011 | 4:44 pm

  10. Stewart says:

    Gorgeous ribs! I lucked out and found a good butcher near me who still sold meaty (1″ of meat on the bones) beef ribs (most supermarkets sell them as short ribs but they’re already sliced for bulgogi). I tend to put a dry rub/cure at least overnight then cook them by indirect heat over my grill, using a foil pouch filled with mesquite chips to add the perfect smoke ring. After about 6 hours of cooking at about 225ยบ they come off the grill, in the words of the old Purefoods hotdog ads say…tender, juicy and very darn tasty! I do feel like Fred Flintstone tucking into those. 1 rib will easily feed a very hungry person.

    Nov 4, 2011 | 11:11 pm

  11. Pink Princess says:

    That looks absolutely divine!

    Nov 5, 2011 | 6:48 am

  12. Novice says:

    Where’s S&L Fine Foods located?

    Nov 5, 2011 | 12:14 pm

  13. Lannie says:

    MM, thanks for the tip! I’ll be in Manila for Christmas and as early as now I’m already planning our Holiday meals. Now I know one of the dishes to serve :) This is especially good for my Dutch husband as he doesn’t eat pork.

    Nov 6, 2011 | 7:07 pm

  14. joyce says:

    the pictures speak for themselves. drool. will definitely include this in my list of dishes to cook for the holidays

    Nov 7, 2011 | 6:13 pm

  15. farida says:

    @bettyq, thank you I will look it up. I was in Vancouver the other weekend and tried my best to retrace Mr @ Mrs MM’s jaunt but never got far. Made it to Granville Island Market and drooled on the cheeses, meats, etc. Tried to do Meat & Bread but did not know where it was. Oh well, next time na lang.

    Nov 8, 2011 | 12:32 pm

  16. pel says:

    Those ribs really make me hungry! One question though.. Can you tell me where you bought that weber grill? Ive been dying to buy one. Is that a smokey joe?

    Nov 9, 2011 | 10:52 am

  17. Marketman says:

    Weber grill purchased at True Value, several years ago, when they were still a bit more reasonably priced. Watch out for their sales, they mark them down 10-20%. Not sure what a smokey joe, is, the smaller one? No, this is a 21? inch diameter grill.

    Nov 11, 2011 | 8:07 am

  18. janmarc says:

    thats my other specialty…. grilled ribs.

    Nov 27, 2012 | 1:19 pm


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