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RUEBEN’S GRILL

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Our friend Rueben Olivas, an active barbecue blogger and firefighter on Guam, recently indulged himself by ordering an authentic Santa Maria-style grill, a first among Guamanian grillers. Rueben is actually a Santa Maria, California, native, so knows a thing or two about these nifty grills with their fly-wheel controlled grill grates.
We’re guessing he knows his way around tri-tips, too, a specialty of the Santa Maria Valley north of Santa Barbara. (For a recipe for Santa Maria Tri-Tip with All the Fixin’s, see page 183 of BBQ USA.)

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Here, Rueben’s son-in-law Barry assembles the grill.
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Rueben’s inaugural cook: We like the way he also grills the rib tips and trimmings–great on their own or in a pot of beans. Congratulations on your “new baby”, Rueben!


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