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Santa Maria Grilled Tri-Tip Beef
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Santa Maria Grilled Tri-Tip Beef

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"The town of Santa Maria, California, is home to one of America's most delicious barbecue specialties: black-on-the-outside, pink-on-the-inside, grilled beef tri-tip steak. The tri-tip is cut from the bottom sirloin, and if cooked properly produces a very flavorful, extremely juicy piece of beef."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins
  • READY IN

    5 hrs 15 mins

Directions

  1. Stir salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, rosemary, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl. Place beef in a glass baking dish and coat beef on all sides with spice mixture. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  2. Combine vinegar, vegetable oil, crushed garlic, and Dijon mustard together in a sealable container. Cover the container and shake to blend ingredients.
  3. Remove beef from refrigerator, uncover, and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  5. Place meat on preheated grill and brush with garlic-vinegar mixture. Cook meat for 4 minutes, flip, and baste. Repeat the flip and baste process every 4 minutes until beef starts to firm and is reddish-pink and juicy in the center, 25 to 30 minutes total. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 130 degrees F (54 degrees C). Let rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 22, 2014

We loved this recipe. I am going to save the spice list for other meats it was such a great combination. The meat was a little hotter on the inside than stated but it may have been because it sat out longer than 4 hours. I will take that into consideration next time. The left overs are tender and can be used a variety of ways. The next day I sliced thin against the grain and made steak salads topped with homemade shoestring french fries...yum. I seriously cant wait to make this again.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 19, 2014

I am from Santa Maria,CA and I can tell you that Santa Maria tri-tip experts are purists, with the simplest of seasonings being used, powdered garlic, salt, pepper and maybe some parsley. One of the other things about Santa Maria-style tri-tip is that it is cooked over red oak wood. The oak and the simple seasonings are what brings out the excellent flavor of the meat.

 

31 Ratings

Jul 15, 2014

freaking awesome!!

 
Dec 25, 2014

Made this exactly as directed, but it charred so badly that the flavor of the meat was lost. I prefer traditional Tri-Tip seasonings of salt, pepper, garlic powder. We now just sear it on the grill on high, then move to indirect heat to roast until cooked medium.

 
Aug 09, 2014

This was the most fabulous beef I can remember ever eating! We had dinner for 7 with rave reviews from all. My only change in Chef John's recipe was crushed fresh garlic, rather than powdered, and chopped fresh rosemary, rather than dried. Being concerned about blacked beef being carcinogenic, however, I followed Chef John's grilling directions only until the tri-tip was totally browned and sealed. Then the heat was lowered, allowing the meat to cook more slowly until it reached Chef John's recommended inside temp of 130 degrees. With an electric knife, I sliced the roast on the diagonal & arranged with wedges of B Follick's marinated Grilled Portobello Mushrooms. Yum!

 
May 22, 2014

The BEST tri-tip I have ever made! I made the rub and the sauce as directed then hubby watched the video and grilled it exactly as Chef John instructed. VERY VERY GOOD!!!

 
Jan 26, 2015

I grew up in Santa Maria and ate a LOT of Santa Maria style tri-tip. This recipe does not taste anything like the tri-tip BBQ I grew up on. It's an okay trip-tip recipe, but should not be called "Santa Maria" grilled tri-tip beef. You can purchase (and use) Susie-Q's brand seasoning mix if you want a more authentic SM style BBQ tri-tip and BBQ the meat over red oak.

 
Jan 25, 2015

Amazing! The recipe was simple and the flavor was amazing. All around great recipe. Best Tri-Tip I've had yet and I've had a few in my time. Again, flavor was amazing!

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 452 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.6 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 166 mg
  • 55%
  • Fat
  • 24.1 g
  • 37%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 52.5 g
  • 105%
  • Sodium
  • 855 mg
  • 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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