Tri-Tip Rub

Tri-Tip Rub


"This is a simple tri-tip rub recipe straight from a barbeque in Santa Maria."


5 m servings 323 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 323 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 20 g
  • 31%
  • Carbs:
  • 4.4g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 30.1 g
  • 60%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 98 mg
  • 33%
  • Sodium:
  • 2414 mg
  • 97%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix together and coat both sides of tri tip.
  3. Sear both sides on hot grill then cook 20-25 minutes or until center is light pink. Slice at an angle.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.
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  1. 77 Ratings


I'm from the Central Coast, near Santa Maria. The original recipe also uses parsley and a little sugar. One thing I do, is if there is alot of fat on one side of the tri tip, I slice it off in...

If you truly want Santa Maria style bbq. you will need to add dried parsly to your rub. and when cooking you only sear the fat side of the meat.let it burn for 10-12 min. it will be ok because y...

Made this for dinner guests last night and got rave reviews. I think the next time I make it I will cut the salt in half.

Excellent rub - I used Kosher salt instead of table salt - and ground all ingredients pestle and mortar style. Then I rubbed the roast and wrapped in foil and put in frige for 6 hours- WOW what ...

Loved it - loved it! My husband is the tri-tip expert and he even raved. Added just a tsp. of chili powder. Let the meat "marinate" in the rub in the fridge a couple of hours before we cooked...

Great recipe - after reading the other reviews, I halved the salt, pepper and the garlic, then added about 1/2 t. of cumin and 1 t. of chili powder. For the simplicity of this recipe, this is a...

nice, i added the parsley, my family loved this.

I grew up in Santa Maria and this is authentic. We like lots of spice in my house, so I just sprinkle all three liberally. No need for measuring and it is soooo good. Also, remember to get a nic...

I used 1 TBSP of Salt and added 1 TBSP of Chili Powder. Yummy!!