Best of Moffat County: Taking ribs to another level
If you walk into Brother’s Custom Processing, it can be visually stunning.
Sure, there are the racks of meats and cheese. Plenty of other shelves feature salsa, mustard, horseradish and other similar items.
Jerky lovers might salivate over the many choices and flavors.
But lining the walls of the small business are awards from different competitions — plenty of grand champions, “best of” and other plaques are neatly displayed.
“Hey, I’ll tell you what. We’ve been pretty successful with it, the smoked meat and products,” said Dave Satterwhite, owner of Brothers.
But the one thing a lot of people like most about Brother’s is the ribs.
Crowds line the business’s parking lot on Fridays and Saturdays to get some of the ribs.
That’s one reason why Brother’s won the annual Best of Moffat County competition for ribs. It also won for catering service and meat retailer.
Brother’s sells so many ribs, they have to ship them in.
“It’s a pretty big deal,” he said, modestly. “Fridays and Saturdays, we’re really busy.”
The ribs really took off about four years ago, he said.
What’s his secret?
“Taking good care of them,” Satterwhite joked.
When pressed a little more, he doesn’t reveal any secret recipe or tricks, but he does offer this: “It’s something I’ve been working on for years. We just hit luck with it, and it’s pretty popular.”
For $13, you can get a rack of ribs. Or if you prefer chicken, that’s $7 for a whole bird.
“It’s a great value,” he said. “A good product and a great value, how do you go wrong with that?”
And the crowds that line the parking lots each week?
“It’s really flattering,” he said. “I don’t know what else to say about it.”
Brother’s, a family owned business he runs with his wife and daughter, opened 17 years ago after Satterwhite decided to stop working for another meat processing business and open his own.
“I don’t know any better,” he said. “It’s all I’ve ever done.”
Satterwhite tries to keep it local, too.
“We buy a lot of local products. And we sell a lot of local products.”
In the end, Brother’s is the perfect business for Satterwhite.
“It’s something I’ve always had an interest in,” he said. “I like to eat.”
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