Bobby Flay Savors Santa Maria Style Barbecue

March 1, 2009 at 5:54 pm 6 comments

BBQ with Bobby FlayRenowned chef Bobby Flay not only showcased Santa Maria Style Barbecue on his Food Network show BBQ with Bobby Flay, he also later raved about it on CBS’s Early Show.

Click here to view Bobby Flay’s Early Show segment and a related story on Santa Maria Style Barbecue.

As the Early Show story states, “When you think of barbecue, places such as Texas, Kansas City, Memphis and North Carolina probably come to mind. But California’s Santa Maria Valley is thought of by many as the “barbecue capital of the world.'”

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  • 1. frank  |  March 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    A few year’s back I saw a show where the host traveled to a working ranch somewhere in Central (coastal) California. If my memory serves me, the ranch had been in the same family for generations. Anyway, he was served great steaks and bbq. I was wondering if anyone nows where this place is and the show it was featured on? Is the ranch open to the public for dining?


  • 2. santamariavalleybbq  |  March 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Yes, that was the Righetti Ranch, it’s not open to the public, but the Minetti-Righetti family runs the Far Western Tavern as well as Susie Q’s Brand products. So you can get a very similar taste to what Bobby Flay got at the restaurant, and you can do it yourself with Susie Q’s seasoning and other products. Similar experiences include the Hitching Post and Shaw’s restaurants, and the Hitching Post’s BBQ2You products. Enjoy!

  • 3. frank  |  March 21, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Can’t seem to open the video? Did he actually visit a ranch in the video and eat dinner there? Do you know the name of the ranch he visited and whether the public can go there to eat? The place they ate in the show was NOT a sit down, indoor building. They were eating outside:)


  • 4. santamariavalleybbq  |  March 21, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Yes, it was the Righetti’s private ranch. He visited for lunch outdoors, and the family prepared an authentic Santa Maria Style Barbecue for him. However, the ranch isn’t open to the public. The same family, however, runs the Far Western Tavern and Susie Q’s Brand.

  • 5. Big Dave  |  May 31, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Stinky’s Grill in Santa Maria also does SM style BBQ catering. And don’t forget the Pinquito Beans from Alamo Farming. They grow the beans for Jocko’s and the Far Western and I use them when possible.

  • 6. santamariavalleybbq  |  June 1, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Thanks, Dave, we actually did an earlier interview with John Porter of Alamo, great guy and awesome beans!

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