I'm from Santa Maria - the barbecues up and down Broadway St. all use oak, not hickory. If at all possible, use oak when making this! :)
Santa Maria Smoked Tri-Tip
Annecourager Posted: 07/31/10
detailaddict Posted: 03/31/12
I thought this was just ok, but I may have done something wrong. I had two steaks which totalled 1.5 lbs, so I had to guess at the grilling time and they were a bit overdone. Overall the flavor was good but they could have used more than a dusting of spices, and the smoke flavor didn't come through at all. This was my first time cooking with this cut however, and it may make a good substitute for flank steak.
ktleyed Posted: 06/27/13
Not bad but the salsa was nothing special at all. Hickory flavor really came through for us.