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Tri-Tip Rub Recipe
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Tri-Tip Rub

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"This is a simple tri-tip rub recipe straight from a barbeque in Santa Maria."

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Original recipe makes 1 cup Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins

    5 mins


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix together and coat both sides of tri tip.
  3. Sear both sides on hot grill then cook 20-25 minutes or until center is light pink. Slice at an angle.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2004

Made this for dinner guests last night and got rave reviews. I think the next time I make it I will cut the salt in half.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 11, 2006

I'm from the Central Coast, near Santa Maria. The original recipe also uses parsley and a little sugar. One thing I do, is if there is alot of fat on one side of the tri tip, I slice it off in 1 piece, then lay it over the top of the meat as you grill it, it gives it alot of flavor, makes it juicy, and protects it from burning too!

Nov 15, 2005

If you truly want Santa Maria style bbq. you will need to add dried parsly to your rub. and when cooking you only sear the fat side of the meat.let it burn for 10-12 min. it will be ok because you trim the fat side before serving. also never use a fork to turn your roast, invest in a good pair of tongs. Once you poke the meat you will loose all of the juice and flavor. and by the way I grew up in a lil town called Guadalupe Ca. it is right next to Santa Maria. That is where i learned how to cook Tri Tip. and I have never had a complaint..

Jan 25, 2004

Excellent rub - I used Kosher salt instead of table salt - and ground all ingredients pestle and mortar style. Then I rubbed the roast and wrapped in foil and put in frige for 6 hours- WOW what flavor.

Jan 25, 2004

Loved it - loved it! My husband is the tri-tip expert and he even raved. Added just a tsp. of chili powder. Let the meat "marinate" in the rub in the fridge a couple of hours before we cooked it. Won't do our tri-tip any other way. Thank you Fawn!

Aug 02, 2005

Great recipe - after reading the other reviews, I halved the salt, pepper and the garlic, then added about 1/2 t. of cumin and 1 t. of chili powder. For the simplicity of this recipe, this is a real winner that we will have again.

Jan 31, 2011

nice, i added the parsley, my family loved this.

Jan 25, 2004

I grew up in Santa Maria and this is authentic. We like lots of spice in my house, so I just sprinkle all three liberally. No need for measuring and it is soooo good. Also, remember to get a nice peice of tri-tip. It's not too hard to find bad ones which are stringy and tough.


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  • Calories
  • 323 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.4 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 98 mg
  • 33%
  • Fat
  • 20 g
  • 31%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 30.1 g
  • 60%
  • Sodium
  • 2414 mg
  • 97%

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

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