The weather is seriously warming up around here (90 degrees today!), so we have officially dusted off the grill and our patio furniture, are spending as much time as possible soaking up the vitamin D, and barbequing a delicious Santa Maria Tri-Tip. I know, you who are on the East Coast and Midwest are rolling your eyes or shaking your fists at me right now. Hopefully this weather will make up it's mind and you will all see the beauty that is the sun and green hills that we are enjoying right now.
A gorgeous tri-tip from US Wellness Meats was our inaugural meat for the barbecue season. It had been waiting for me in the freezer for the last few months and I was dying to season it and grill it to perfection. My mom always used to grill up tri-tip for large crowds when we were growing up, but they always came pre-seasoned and definitely were not grass-fed, so I came up with a rub that closely resembled what I remembered from childhood. We are from California, so the Santa Maria style Tri-tip is what we most often ate. The flavors hail from the small city in Southern California and yield a mouthful of flavor with each bite. The traditional rub is just fresh cracked pepper, garlic, and sea salt, and anything added past there is kind of at your discretion. I added a little fresh rosemary and a few other things from my cupboard and we all enjoyed it thoroughly!
We are also originally from Cali, and totally love our TriTip! Hubby had just asked if this could be on our list for the week, since we are just starting to see warmth (upstate NY). Hopefully it’s warm enough to put it out on the grill like this, if not I’ll just have to improvise inside, seeing this means we HAVE to have it this week lol
Beth @ Tasty Yummies
this looks amazing. We just moved to California on March 1 and I am just in love with this weather. I cannot believe it. I didn’t know you were in California, where abouts are you? We are in Long Beach! We haven’t gotten a grill yet since ours didnt make the move and we have had so many new things to buy, but this recipe is making me move the grill to the top of our list. I cannot wait to try this.
Against All Grain
Thank you! We’re up in Northern California, so glad you’re loving it here!
Tri Tip is seriously my favorite food! This looks so good!
I am from Santa Maria, and we eat A LOT of tri-tip. It’s best when cooked on a fire pit over red oak. It takes a little longer than a gas or electric grill, but the smokey taste from the oak is worth the extra time!
I grew up in California and learned about the Santa Maria tri tip while I was going to college in San Luis Obispo on the central coast, near Santa Maria , I think Santa Maria is considered central coast, not southern California ;). I brought the tri tip to my little Colorado town, where our local butcher started cutting it. My husband has become famous (in our family, lol) for cooking a tri tip on the grill. He uses oil and Canadian steak seasoning. The secret is to cook it rare, no more than 135 degrees. The best meat ever!
My husband has also become the guru with grilling tri tip on our pellet grill. He smokes it on low temp for an hour and then ups the temp to finish till medium rare—yuuuuuummmmm!
I grew up in Santa Maria. It’s very difficult to try tri tip any other way but Santa Maria style. It’s nice to see people starting to love this gorgeous piece of meat. Glad everyone is starting to enjoy it. It’s all about traditional ways. You just can’t beat it!!!