Santa Maria Tri-Tip

Santa Maria Tri-Tip

Mr. JOC doesn’t usually cook in the kitchen, but he loves grilling and takes over my cooking duty in the summer time when the weather is perfect for grilling.  This Santa Maria Tri-Tip is one of our favorite steaks to grill, and we can’t wait to share this recipe so you can try it out this summer.

What is Santa Maria Tri-Tip?

Santa Maria is a name of a town in Central California.  It’s famous for their BBQ beef tri-tip, seasoned with black pepper, salt, and garlic salt.  It’s usually charcoal-grilled over native coastal live oak and red oak wood.  We were introduced to this delicious steak by our friend Brian, who grew up in, you’ve guessed it – Santa Maria.  The first time I tried this steak it took me by surprise because tri-tips are usually not very flavorful unless you pour sauce all over it.


  • 1 ½ Tbsp. garlic salt with dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil (I used grapeseed oil)
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
Read the whole recipe on Just One Cookbook