California Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip
265 mins (prep 240, cooking 25)
7 ingredients
4-6 servings
California Grill masters pride themselves in cooking tri-tip with oak wood. This takes a lot of time, and I don't have oak wood readily available. It's not cheap! When I found this recipe in an issue of Cook's Country Magazine (part of the Cook's Illustrated family) I knew I had to make this. Forget BBQ sauce... this is an amazing recipe! Cook's Illustrated adapted this recipe where you used wood chips, soaked in water. You grill the tri-tip, seasoned only with salt & pepper (the Santa Maria way) and-- towards the end-- you add the wet chips to the coals to give a smoky flavor to the meat. I'm telling you, if you love to eat red meat-- this is to die for! Seriously, it's worth trying.

Categories:  holiday , steak , seasonal , weeknight , kid-friendly , main-dish , beef , meat , summer , to-go... , potluck , roast-beef ,
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Serving Size (15.88 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 75.72 Calories from Fat 66.96
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7.44g 45.81%
Saturated Fat 1.03g 20.66%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 873.03mg 145.5%
Total Carbohydrate 2.33g 3.11%
Dietary Fiber 0.42 g 6.68%
Sugars 0.05 g %
Protein 0.41g 3.31%
Vitamin A 0.41IU% Vitamin C 1.66mg%
Calcium 12.02mg% Iron 0.3mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
wood chips