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Santa Maria Tri Tip
Santa Maria Tri Tip

Santa Maria Tri Tip because nothing says big, big beefy flavor than a Santa Maria seasoned tri tip. And nothing says quick and easy like our Santa Maria Rub generously rubbed into a big, beautiful tri tip. Tender, juicy and seasoned to perfection with a “Kiss of Smoke”!

Patti and I have set one night a week just for us. It’s our date night. We usually put something special on our Green Mountain Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker but sometimes we cook inside. We always eat outside on our patio where it is very comfortable with a rainforest theme.  Wood Pellet Patio Heater, little lights, candles, lanterns and surround sound. We enjoy a little wine, or strawberry margaritas using frozen strawberries for ice, good food, music and sometimes a dance or two…

Santa Maria Tri Tip
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes at 400*(205c)
Grill: Green Mountain Wood Pellet Grill
Pellets: Green Mountain Grills BBQ Pellets “Apple Blend” pellets, Applewood, American Hickory, Red Oak

Ingredients: Santa Maria Tri Tip

Link for our Santa Maria Rub Recipe:

Santa Maria Tri Tip
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe

Cooking Directions: Santa Maria Tri Tip

We like to season our Tri Tip the night before we plan on grilling it. But, if you don’t have the time an hour or so will also be fine.

Bring your Santa Maria Tri Tip to room temperature because it will grill more evenly. If you haven’t already seasoned it do so now.

Preheat your Grill Grates to 400* (205c) and light your wedgie. Insert your meat probe if you are using one. I normal use 1 probe but today I am testing a new thermometer, so I used 2 just see how it reads from the small end to the large.

Place your Santa Maria Tri Tip directly onto the screaming HOT Grill Grates for 10 minutes per side with a quarter turn at 5 minutes and a flip at 10 minutes. Keep in mind that this is a rule of thumb as grilling times will vary a few minutes due to the size of the meat, weather and the grill you are using. My goal was 120* (104c) but it was at 125* (105c) in the blink of an eye. This is Rare, if you like more well done give it a few more minutes before you pull it off the grill.

When the Santa Maria Tri Tip reaches an internal temperature around 120* (104c) pull it off, cover it and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. U.S.D.A. safe is 125* (105c) This will be RARE. Keep in mind that the meat will continue cooking for another 5 to 10 degrees after you pull it off the grill. I use a Maverick ProTemp Instant Read Thermometer for checking meat temps.

Note: I get a lot of questions about the kind of pellets you can use with a recipe. Keep in mind that a recipe is just an outline. Some you need to follow closely like when you are making bread, but most you can do anything you can dream, our favorite way to cook. Feel free to mix and match the pellets until you find a combination you really like. Also, you are only smoking at temps less than 250 degrees (122c), anything higher is cooking and there will not be much if any smoke, so it does not matter what kind of pellet you are using.

Santa Maria Tri Tip
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe

Santa Maria Tri Tip
Seasoned and on the Hot Grill Grates


Santa Maria Tri Tip
After 5 Minutes Give It a Quarter Turn


Santa Maria Tri Tip
Flip It After 10 Minutes

Santa Maria Tri Tip
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe

Santa Maria Tri Tip
Time To Bring It In


Santa Maria Tri Tip
Looking Good


Santa Maria Tri Tip
Let’s Eat!!!

Santa Maria Tri Tip
A Wood Pellet Grill Recipe

About our Recipes

We do our recipes on our patio where we have a lineup of grills, including Green Mountain, Sawtooth, Louisiana, Royall, Memphis, Traeger pellet grills, Char Griller side box smoker, Saber, Charmglow, Char-Broil, The Big Easy, Pacific Living Outdoor Oven, Lodge Sportsman’s, Brinkman and Weber. I call it our “Wall of Grill”. Our grilling styles are healthy and low fat and will fit pelletheads, gas, natural wood and even charcoal purists. Almost any of our recipes can be done on any kind of good BBQ.

The important thing to keep in mind is TIME & TEMPERATURE. You can even do some of them in the oven or crock pot, but, then you lose all the flavors you get from cooking outdoors. But sometimes it does rain.

Remember that a recipe is simply an outline; it is not written in stone. Don’t be afraid to make changes to suit your taste. Take it and run with it….

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Ken & Patti
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