Kinder’s BBQ in Fremont, CA specializes in their famous Ball Tip Beef which has been their centerpiece for over 60 years. Their Ball Tip has amazing flavor! You can buy it both as a sandwich and by the pound. Unlike Smoking Pig BBQ in my previous post, Kinder’s BBQ is California style BBQ, which means that a lot of the spices and smoking wood used are native to the California region. This often adds a bit of a bolder flavor to the meat than other regional BBQ styles, which is evident in their marinades and sauces.
Ball Tip Beef is the lower cut of the loin and is a fattier cut that is in a ball like shape. You don’t often see this cut in stores and often have to ask butchers for it specifically. On top of buying it cooked at Kinder’s, you can also buy it pre-marinated so that you can take it home and cook it yourself. They also offer Tri-tip as well. If you’re going to cook it at home, my suggestion is to sear each side on high heat for two minutes, then place the meat on the top rack of the grill or in an area that doesn’t have direct heat. Cook for 10 minutes per inch per side in a covered grill. This is fatty meat, so check often for flare ups. This will keep your Ball Tip nice and juicy.
If you’re not in the Fremont area, you can also find Kinder’s locations in Walnut Creek, Danville, Pleasanton, and other parts of the East Bay. They even have restaurants as far out as Chico, CA and Reno, NV. If you’re not big fan of beef, they also have great ribs and marinated chicken.