Santa Maria Tri-tip Roast recipe provided by the Certified Angus Beef® brand.

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Santa Maria Tri-tip Roast

Serves 6
Cuisine: American
Category: Roasts, Old-School Classics, On the Grill
Delight your guests with this tender, juicy Santa Maria Tri-tip Roast. The simple 5-ingredient rub adds the perfect blend of salty sweetness to a popular cut of beef.
Prep Time
10 mins
Other Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 25 mins
  • 3 pounds Certified Angus Beef ® tri-tip roast
  • 1/4 cup coarse kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons granulated honey (or granulated raw sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  1. Combine salt, pepper, granulated honey, garlic and onion powder.
  2. Evenly rub tri-tip roast with 3 to 4 tablespoon9 to 12 g of spice rub. Store excess Santa Maria spice rub in an airtight container in a cool, dry cupboard.
  3. Cover tightly in plastic wrap or zipper-locking plastic bag. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, or overnight for more intense flavor.
  4. Preheat oven to 450°F232°C. Place roast in a shallow roasting pan fitted with a rack. Roast 15 minutes, then reduce oven to 350°F177°C and continue cooking approximately 1 hour for medium doneness (135-140°F58-60°C).
  5. Move to a clean cutting board, tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes. Slice thinly against the grain to serve.
  6. Santa Maria spice rub recipe yields approximately 2 cups480 g, enough for at least five 3 pound1.3 kg tri-tip roasts.
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