Grilled Tri-Tip with Oregon Herb Rub


I have loved tri-tip (bottom sirloin) ever since my father-in-law in Santa Barbara introduced me to it. Tri-tip is a cut of meat that first became popular in Santa Maria, on the central coast of California. I love the taste of the original Santa Maria rub, but this is even better.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs
10 servings


  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic salt

  • ½ teaspoon celery salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • ¼ teaspoon paprika

  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill

  • ¼ teaspoon dried sage

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed dried rosemary

  • 1 (2 1/2 pound) beef tri-tip roast


  1. Mix together the salt, garlic salt, celery salt, black pepper, onion powder, paprika, dill, sage, and rosemary in a bowl. Store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use.

  2. Use a damp towel to lightly moisten the roast with water, then pat with the prepared rub. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours, up to overnight, for the flavors to fully come together.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.

  4. Place the roast onto the preheated grill and quickly cook until brown on all sides to sear the meat, then remove. Reset the grill for medium-low indirect heat (if using charcoal, move coals to the outside edges of the grill pit).

  5. Return the roast to the grill, and cook, turning occasionally, until the desired degree of doneness has been reached, about 1 1/2 hours for medium-well. Remove from the grill and cover with aluminum foil. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving across the grain in thin slices to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

214 Calories
9g Fat
0g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 214
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 1083mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 252mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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