Tri-Tip Rub

Tri-Tip Rub

61 Reviews 8 Pics
  • Prep

    5 m
  • Ready In

    5 m
Recipe by  ALEAH

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

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Original recipe yields 1 cup



  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.

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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 1 piece, then lay it over the top of the meat as you grill it, it gives it alot of flavor, makes it juicy, and protects it from burning too!

benny rodriguez

benny rodriguez

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 you trim the fat side before serving. also never use a fork to turn your roast, invest in a good pair of tongs. Once you poke the meat you will loose all of the juice and flavor. and by the way I grew up in a lil town called Guadalupe Ca. it is right next to Santa Maria. That is where i learned how to cook Tri Tip. and I have never had a complaint..



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.

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Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 323 cal
  • 16%
  • Fat
  • 20 g
  • 31%
  • Carbs
  • 4.4 g
  • 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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