Video: Santa Maria Grilled Tri-Tip Beef -

Video: Santa Maria Grilled Tri-Tip Beef

See how to make classic California-style barbecued tri-tip.

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In this video, you’ll see how to make grilled Santa Maria-style tri-tip beef. It’s a California classic—charred almost black on the outside, beautifully pink on the inside. It starts with a basic dry rub. You’ll also make a simple basting sauce with garlic, mustard, vegetable oil, and red wine vinegar. The key to grilling the tri tip is to get the signature very dark, caramelized crust. Chef John will show you the tricks to getting it done just right. It’s a great cut of beef for this type of high-heat barbequing. Very flavorful and extremely juicy. Watch the video, then get the recipe for Chef John’s Santa Maria Grilled Tri-Tip Beef. If you like, serve it with Santa Maria Beans, tortillas, and salsa. See more Chef John videos >>

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Mar. 3, 2015 8:54 pm
@Betty Dickson, there are standard codes for cuts of beef. The code for the cut known as 'tri tip' is 185c. The name of the cut is also 'bottom sirloin butt'. Tell these to things to your butcher and he/ she should be able to locate the cut for you. Enjoy.
Feb. 9, 2015 4:15 pm
I still need to know what else this might be called besides Tri Tip? Any suggestions? What do butchers on east coast call it?
Feb. 1, 2015 11:31 am
just click the italic blue name
Jan. 29, 2015 1:01 pm
I am from Pismo Beach Ca 20 miles north of Santa Maria Ca. I grew up eating Santa maria style Tri-Tip. The dry rub I'm familiar with consists of 4 ingredients equal measures. Kosher salt, Black pepper, Garlic, Dry Parsley nothing more or less. Marinate rubbed meat for 2-24 hours then cook on high heat OAK WOOD BBQ pit. Simplicity at it's best a VERY famous style of Rubbed BBQ Yummmm!!!
Jan. 26, 2015 10:11 am
Chef John is great but he missed this one. It did come from the Spanish land grants. And at the end he told the secret. Red Oak. Let it go slow and high enough that it just hurts your hand. It is a light smoke.
Jan. 26, 2015 6:53 am
My Son and family moved to the east coast. Apparently folks back there are not familiar with this cut of meat. What else could it be referred to?
Jan. 26, 2015 4:15 am
If you only clicked on picture or show video... Beside picture it says recipe. If you got it from email.
Jan. 26, 2015 4:15 am
Oh Chef are one amazing chef! I love your videos!
Jan. 6, 2014 5:23 pm
I would like both Chef John Santa Maria Tri Tip Rub and his Santa Maria Pinto Bean Recipes. Where can I find them?
Dec. 2, 2013 4:59 pm
Love to have this in my recipe box ?
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