Santa Maria Grilled Tri Tip


Santa Maria Grilled Tri Tip

Prep Time 5 min Rest Time 180 min Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins


Rub Ingredients


  1. In a small container combine dry rub ingredients and mix together. Then set aside. 

  2. Trim the silver skin and fat layer from the tri-tip. Then place on plastic wrap.

  3. Generously coat the tri-tip with about 3-4 tablespoons of dry rub on each side. If there is left over seasonings, store it in an airtight container for another tri-tip or barbecue creation.

  4. Tightly wrap the tri-tip in the plastic wrap.  Allow the rub to settle into the tri-tip for at least 2-3 hours. If you are in no rush, you can let the tri-tip sit in the fridge for up to 3 days before grilling.

  5. When you’re ready to grill, remove the seasoned tri-tip from the refrigerator. We like to let the tri-tip get to room temperature, this can take a where between 30-45 minutes depending on the environment.

  6. Make sure your grill is prepared for barbecuing. We like to add just a tad bit of oil to our grill. Dab some oil onto a paper towel and run it through the grates.

  7. We love using a variety of different techniques for grilling. Our preference is using coals for this recipe. Prepare one side of the grill with coals. The other side keep without. This will help create two different temperatures in the barbecue. 

    If you’re using a gas grill set to medium-high. 

  8. Once the grill is ready to go, sear one side of the Tri Tip for 8 minutes with the lid open. If you’re using coals make sure to do this part on the side with the coals. Then flip to the other side and let sear for 8 more minutes. 

  9. Turn the heat down to medium and close the lid if you’re using a gas grill.

    If you are using a grill with coals, move the tri-tipover to the side with no coals. 

  10. Allow the meat to barbecue for an additional 5-6 minutes on each side. Check the temperature of the thickest part, once it  reaches the desired cook that you prefer.

  11. Once you’ve removed the tri-tip from the grill, place in aluminum foil for about 12-17 minutes. This will allow the aluminum foil to catch any of the juicy juices of the meat. You can use the juice later when you are cutting the Tri Tip to add more flavor. 

  12. We love serving our Sant Maria Tri Tip in thin slices. Enjoy!


120-125°F (medium-rare) or 130-135°F (medium) 

Note that the Tri Tip will keep cooking even after being removed from the grill. We suggest that you stop cooking a few degrees lower then what you like your meat cooked.

Keywords: Barbeque Recipe, Easy Grill Recipes, Easy Recipes, Summer Drinks
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