Tender, smokey and spicy, this tri tip comes from Santa Maria California and is probably the best tri-tip you can find. If traveling through Santa Maria, be sure to plan a stop to try this regional favorite. But making this at home is even better.
When my sister was in College at the University of Santa Barbara, she made friends with many people in the region. This tri tip recipe was one that is well known in that region and is one of the most flavorful, tender tri tip recipes around. And a little warning: it is a bit on the spicy side.
I have memories from when I was a teenager of my sister and her husband having large parties where they would rent one of these pits and just make dozens of tri tips. She would serve with the Santa Maria beans and homemade tortillas. Food memories are always the strongest.