Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip

Santa Maria Tri-Tip Recipe

This grilled, Santa Maria style tri-tip is seasoned with a traditional dry rub and the centerpiece of Santa Maria Style barbecue meals.

What You'll need

Tri-Tip Ingredients

  • 2 cups red oak chips soaked in water for 2 hours (don't skip this, it's what gives the tri-tip its authentic flavor)
  • Santa Maria Style Barbecue seasoning
  • 2.5 lb beef tri-tip
Steps to Make

Cooking Directions

  1. Rub your prepared Santa Maria Style seasoning into the meat and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling.
  2. Prepare your grill for direct and indirect medium-high heat. Add red oak chips to 30 minutes before you begin grilling.
  3. Set your tri-tip over the direct heat, fattiest-side up, and sear about 10 minutes, or until browned. Flip the meat over and sear the other side the same way.
  4. Move your tri-tip to the indirect-heat. Cover your grill and let the tri-tip cook 20 to 30 minutes, until a thermometer reads 130 degrees F in the thickest area of the meat.
  5. Take the tri-tip off the grill and move to a cutting board. Let the meat rest for 15 minutes. Slice the meat against the grain to serve.
Santa Maria Tri Tip
Santa Maria Style

Tri-Tip at Home

Need more recipes for simple, traditional Santa Maria Style foods? Download the official Santa Maria Valley Cookbook.