Santa Maria Style American Wagyu Beef Tri-Tip on a Grill

Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip Recipe

Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip: A Cross Creek Ranch Signature Recipe

Discover the robust flavors of California's barbecue tradition with Cross Creek Ranch's premium American Wagyu Tri-Tip. Celebrated for its buttery texture and succulent taste, our tri-tip brings the historic Santa Maria barbecue into your home.

Why Santa Maria Style?

Originating from the sun-drenched valleys of Santa Maria, this cooking style is a testament to the power of open-flame grilling. Here, it's all about showcasing the natural flavors of high-quality meat—our Wagyu tri-tip is a cut that stands proudly in this tradition.

Ingredients for Santa Maria Tri-Tip

For the Tri-Tip:

For the Rub:

  • 1 Tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 3 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 Teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon chipotle pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon New Mexico chili powder

For the Bath:

  • 1/4 Cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 3 Cups beef bone broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 5 cloves garlic, mashed

For the Basting:

  • 1 Cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Cup beef stock (or bone broth)


  1. Rub & Marinade:

    • Combine all the rub ingredients in a bowl.
    • Generously apply the rub to the tri-tip, massaging the spices into the meat.
    • Allow the tri-tip to marinate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight in the refrigerator for deeper flavor.
  2. The Bath:

    • In a large container, mix together the bath ingredients until the sugar is dissolved.
    • Submerge the tri-tip in the mixture and refrigerate for 2 hours to tenderize.
  3. Grilling:

    • Preheat your grill to a high heat setting, around 400-450°F.
    • Remove the tri-tip from the bath and pat dry with paper towels.
    • Sear each side of the tri-tip for 2-3 minutes to develop a rich crust.
    • Move the tri-tip off the direct heat and continue to cook for about 45-60 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 130°F for medium-rare.
  4. Basting:

    • Combine the basting ingredients in a spray bottle.
    • Baste the tri-tip every 10 minutes as it grills to keep it moist and flavorful.
  5. Rest & Serve:

    • Once the tri-tip reaches the desired temperature, remove it from the grill.
    • Let it rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing against the grain to serve.

Bringing it All Together

Serve your Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip with traditional sides like pinquito beans, fresh salsa, and warm, crusty bread to create a feast that celebrates the essence of California BBQ. Garnish with fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime for a burst of flavor.

Cross Creek Ranch's Wagyu Tri-Tip is the centerpiece for a memorable meal, capturing the spirit of the West with every tender slice. Ready to experience the best? Add our Wagyu Tri-Tip to your cart and get ready to grill up a masterpiece.

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