Before I go any further, let me assure you that I truly believe chorizo, when made with the best of ingredients, is one of the world’s tastiest sausages.
But having said that, I must also admit that living in Baja over an extended period of time can inspire an occasional longing for the sausages of my youth; zesty Italian style salsicce made with dry red wine and flavorful fennel seeds, big juicy bratwurst soaked in beer and char grilled over an open flame, or even being able to enjoy a satisfying breakfast that includes a plump, old fashioned farm style sausage to help sustain me through a busy day. However, for all of the wonderful things that our region has traditionally offered us, a wide selection of gourmet international sausages has not necessarily been amongst them. Up until now, that is.
Luckily for us, an entrepreneurial transplant from California named Steve, who prefers to be known simply as Señor Salchicha and his Mexican wife, Luci, who is originally from Chiapas, have arrived in town offering up some of the most flavorful meats and sausages available south of the border.
Their company, the Baja Specialty Meat Co. makes over 9 varieties of delicious sausages, which include bratwurst, Italian, Polish, chorizo and breakfast selections as well as old time deli favorites like corned beef and pastrami.
And, with the exception of Luci’s authentic Mexican chorizo, all of the products are made from time honored recipes, many of which were handed down to Steve from his Yugoslavian grandmother, who was also a gifted sausage maker. They use all natural ingredients with no artificial flavors or additives, and are dedicated to the concept that it always requires the freshest quality meats and aromatic seasonings to make the finest sausages and custom meats.
In addition to supplying a select group of popular local eateries, Señor Salchicha’s foods can also be seen, sampled and purchased on alternating Fridays at the Open Air Food Fair in Esteban Cantu and at various farmers markets in the Ensenada area on a rotating basis.
They have recently expanded their operation with the addition of freshly made deli-style sandwiches. Their double Rueben, which features both corned beef and pastrami seperated by a layer of homemade sauerkraut is a real knock-out, as are their authentic German style bratwurst on a toasted bun.
But if you happen to have an immediate craving to find out just how good these taste tempting sausages really are, you can always call Steve directly at his local cell phone, 646-131-61-48, or send an email to [email protected] to place an order or arrange for a delivery.
Most importantly, I’m confident that once you sink your teeth into one of these succulent delights, you will also agree that you are enjoying one of Baja’s Best Bites!