Smoked and Grilled Santa Maria Tri-tip recipe provided by the Certified Angus Beef® brand.

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Smoked and Grilled Santa Maria Tri-tip

Serves 8-10
Cuisine: American
Category: Roasts, Low-Carb/Keto/High Protein
A California specialty, this recipe for smoked and grilled Santa Maria tri-tip roast is sure to impress your guests. You can't beat tender, juicy beef with bold, smoky flavor.
Prep Time
10 mins
Other Time
2 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 30 mins
  • 1 Certified Angus Beef ® tri-tip roast (approximately 3 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup (3-ounces) coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (3-ounces) cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1 1/2-ounces) granulated honey (or granulated raw sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon (1/4-ounce) granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon (1/4-ounce) onion powder
  1. Combine salt, pepper, granulated honey, garlic and onion powder.
  2. Evenly rub tri-tip with three to four tablespoons of spice rub. Store excess 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. Set up wood smoker and smoke tri tip for approximately one hour at 215°F to reach an internal temperature of 120°F.
  5. Over a wood fire, grill tri-tip on each side over medium-high heat to develop a dark crust, reaching an internal temperature of 130-135°F.
  6. Move to a clean cutting board, tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes. Slice thinly against the grain to serve.
  7. Rub recipe yields approximately 1 1/4 cups (6 ounces), enough for at least five 3-pound tri-tip roasts.
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