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Santa Maria Barbecue

Santa Maria Barbecue

A little salt, a little pepper, a touch of garlic, and a proper fire transform that oh-so-Western cut of beef, the tri-tip, into something truly glorious. Add salsa, beans, and garlic bread for the true experience of the Santa Maria Valley.

Sunset JANUARY 2006

  • Yield: Serves 8


  • 1 beef tri-tip (2 to 2 1/2 lb.)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


Trim and discard fat from tri-tip. Rinse and pat dry, then sprinkle with garlic salt and pepper. Lay meat on a hot oiled grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 1 or 2 seconds). Cook, turning as needed to brown evenly, until a thermometer inserted in the center of the thickest part reads 125° to 130°, about 20 minutes. Transfer the meat to a cutting board and let rest 15 minutes. Cut meat across the grain into thin, slanting slices. Serve with pinquito beans and fresh salsa.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 166
  • Calories from fat: 33%
  • Protein: 26g
  • Fat: 6.1g
  • Saturated fat: 2.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 0.1g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Sodium: 417mg
  • Cholesterol: 76mg

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