I loved my Uncle Roland. He usually wore a Levi jacket, a cowboy hat, and drove a little pickup truck. When we were kids, he would take my cousin and me to the race track in Santa Fe and let us bet. He'd give us each twenty dollars and we would bet on horses based on the color of the jockey's jersey or the name of the horse.
I loved to visit him because he always had a dish of candy on his coffee table and sometimes there would be a jar of piñon too. But what I remember most about my uncle was that he set the gold standard for the best home made carne seca - beef jerky - in the world.
If you were extra good, he would take you into his kitchen and reach into the highest cupboard and get out a bag of his famous carne seca. For me, a piece of his jerky was better than all the candy bars, potato chips, and ice cream in the world; not too thick, not too dry, just the right amount of spices.
Uncle Roland passed away in the 80's and trying to find jerky to measure up has almost been impossible. My sister found a close second in Bosque Farms called Sunset Foods. But I don't want to have to drive all the way out there. There's a place near my house that is pretty good called Jerky by Art. They have a huge assortment of flavors. I ran across another place on Isleta called Rio Grande Beef Jerky and they are very good too. Does anyone else have any favorites that I must try?
My Uncle Roland has been on my mind a lot lately. I think it's time to call my cousin and head to a race track with $20 and a bag of carne seca.