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Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip

Grilled tri-tip seasoned with a traditional dry rub is the centerpiece of Santa Maria Style BBQ meal.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

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

Instructions

  • Rub your prepared Santa Maria Style seasoning into the meat and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling.
  • Prepare your grill for direct and indirect medium-high heat. Add red oak chips to 30 minutes before you begin grilling.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Notes

Need the recipe for simple, traditional Santa Maria Style Seasoning for your tri-tip rub? Download the official Santa Maria Valley Cookbook.