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Santa Maria Grilled Tri-Tip Beef

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"The town of Santa Maria, California, is home to one of America's most delicious barbecue specialties: black-on-the-outside, pink-on-the-inside, grilled beef tri-tip steak. The tri-tip is cut from the bottom sirloin, and if cooked properly produces a very flavorful, extremely juicy piece of beef."
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Ingredients

5 h 15 m servings 452
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  1. Stir salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, rosemary, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl. Place beef in a glass baking dish and coat beef on all sides with spice mixture. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  2. Combine vinegar, vegetable oil, crushed garlic, and Dijon mustard together in a sealable container. Cover the container and shake to blend ingredients.
  3. Remove beef from refrigerator, uncover, and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  5. Place meat on preheated grill and brush with garlic-vinegar mixture. Cook meat for 4 minutes, flip, and baste. Repeat the flip and baste process every 4 minutes until beef starts to firm and is reddish-pink and juicy in the center, 25 to 30 minutes total. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 130 degrees F (54 degrees C). Let rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

Footnotes

  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 452 calories; 24.1 3.6 52.5 166 855 Full nutrition

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Very tasty as is, but If you have the time and a smoker this can be amazing! First, salt with kosher salt and refrigerate for 24 hours. Next, coat meat with olive oil and rub with dry ingredient...

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I am from Santa Maria,CA and I can tell you that Santa Maria tri-tip experts are purists, with the simplest of seasonings being used, powdered garlic, salt, pepper and maybe some parsley. One o...

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I am from Santa Maria,CA and I can tell you that Santa Maria tri-tip experts are purists, with the simplest of seasonings being used, powdered garlic, salt, pepper and maybe some parsley. One o...

Very tasty as is, but If you have the time and a smoker this can be amazing! First, salt with kosher salt and refrigerate for 24 hours. Next, coat meat with olive oil and rub with dry ingredient...

We loved this recipe. I am going to save the spice list for other meats it was such a great combination. The meat was a little hotter on the inside than stated but it may have been because it ...

Wow! This was great. I followed the directions exactly however I cut the crushed garlic down to one clove. Wife and kids loved it. Will definitely make again. I don't really care if The Sant...

freaking awesome!!

This was the most fabulous beef I can remember ever eating! We had dinner for 7 with rave reviews from all. My only change in Chef John's recipe was crushed fresh garlic, rather than powdered,...

I am a big fan of Chef John's recipes and being born & raised in Santa Maria, CA i was skeptical of this change from the traditional Santa maria style seasonings of garlic salt w/parsley, black ...

Made this exactly as directed, but it charred so badly that the flavor of the meat was lost.

Very good Recipe. However if you wanyt true Santa Maria Style TriTip your rub should consist of Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Salt. However this Rub is very good as well.