When it comes to the Santa Maria Style Barbecue menu, seasoned tri-tip and local pinquito beans tend to take the spotlight.

However, there are a few lesser-known yet equally traditional components to the official menu, including Santa Maria salsa.

For this reason, when Sunset Magazine recently published its epic spread on Santa Maria Style Barbecue, food editor Margo True included a salsa recipe. And it’s not just any recipe, but one provided by local barbecue royalty. Indeed, this recipe was a favorite of the late Irene Simas, wife of legendary local barbecue master Ike Simas, and is still served today at the local Elks Lodge.

Click here to check out the recipe and learn how to make true Santa Maria salsa. It’s simple yet flavorful, and exemplary of Santa Maria style!