Tucked inside the new Ojai Valley Ranch Market in Oak View is the Q Time Barbecue Co., the market’s in-house butcher and sandwich maker extraordinaire. Owner Aaron Johnson and his partner Matt Hultgen are the proud purveyors of quality butchered meats (including handmade sausages) and chicken to buy and cook at home.
Don’t want to cook? Nothing beats their grilled sandwiches on delicious ciabbata bread or their tender, moist meats hot off the grill. Pair them with their fresh, homemade potato or macaroni salads, cole slaw, chili beans or a healthful, local greens salad.
Aaron, formerly the owner of Q Time BBQ Sports Bar & Grill, has been catering weddings, parties and charitable events under the Q Time banner for more than a decade, specializing in the Santa Maria-style BBQ.
But, when the leased butcher concession became available at the newly opened (January, 2015) Ojai Valley Ranch Market, he moved in with Matt and set up shop.
Irony of ironies, Aaron’s wife and daughter are vegetarians, but like most close families, they thrive on love and their differences. Matt’s family is a different “meat” story. His two sons are meat lovers and his wife, who was also a vegetarian when they first met at a barbeque, now registers as a carnivore.
Come for lunch at the Q Time Barbecue Co. Build your own juicy burger or order a BBQ chicken sandwich or a grilled half chicken. Try the Caesar salad with or without grilled chicken or tri-tip. Also featured on the menu is a pulled pork sandwich, a patty melt…
…and the tenderest tri-tip (with a secret rub) sandwich ever on that wonderful ciabbata bread and a side of BBQ sauce.
If you haven’t yet checked out Aaron and Matt’s Q Time Barbeque Co. don’t miss their Taste of Ojai table where they’ll serve tastes of their grilled tri-tip and homemade sausages.
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By: Ilona Saari
Q Time Barbecue Co.
445 N. Ventura Ave.
Oak View, Calif
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