The Meat Adventure continues 10 miles down the road to Ripon Ca. We are visiting Austin Meat Service in downtown Ripon. Ripon is a small town and I thought it was only a freeway exit until today. The butchers at Long Ranch Inc.told me that Austin Meat cuts and wrap pork for their customers. It was so close I thought it was worthy a visit. Parking Karma was not needed today because I could of parked in front, back and even chose across the street.
I walked in the door and saw the refrigerated meat cases. Enlarge the image and see what the first sausage I saw and later purchased. A huge signboard listed all the meats with prices available. They had a nice selection of house made sausages that also had several pepper themed flavors. I could not resist habanero and jalapeno sausage. The beef offered was USDA Choice and it was reasonably priced. I picked out a marinated tri-tip to add to my cart. This was a small shop and you could see the butchering area. It was clean and ready to process any pork Long Ranch would send. Someday we may have to take advantage of this service.
The residents of Ripon have a local butcher/meat market that is very nice. We did cook the marinated tri-tip. It had a teriyaki style marinade. It added a sweet carmelization to the smoky exterior meat crust. The beef had a slight tug to the bite that is usually associated with sirloin. It also had great beef flavor. We cannot wait to try the special sausages that we purchased.