How to Grill Tri-Tip (Santa Maria Style BBQ)

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How to Grill Tri-Tip (Santa Maria Style BBQ) Recipe
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Soak oak wood chips in water for 30 minutes

Soak oak wood chips in water for 30 minutes

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You can find tri-tip at most butcher shops. I bought this one at Trader Joe's.

You can find tri-tip at most butcher shops. I bought this one at Trader Joe's.

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Apply a light coat of black pepper, and heavy coats of seasoned salt and garlic powder. Do this on both sides.

Apply a light coat of black pepper, and heavy coats of seasoned salt and garlic powder. Do this on both sides.

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Place wood chips in a smoker box (or aluminum foil with vent holes) on the grill. Place the tri-tip on the warmer rack (indirect heat).

Place wood chips in a smoker box (or aluminum foil with vent holes) on the grill. Place the tri-tip on the warmer rack (indirect heat).

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Grill for approximately 45 minutes. Time can vary depending on size of roast or desired doneness.

Grill for approximately 45 minutes. Time can vary depending on size of roast or desired doneness.

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Use meat thermometer to check for doneness. NEVER CUT INTO THE MEAT TO CHECK!  This will cause all the natural juices to run out and the meat will be dry.  160 degrees for medium rare to medium.

Use meat thermometer to check for doneness. NEVER CUT INTO THE MEAT TO CHECK! This will cause all the natural juices to run out and the meat will be dry. 160 degrees for medium rare to medium.

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Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before cutting.

Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before cutting.

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Cut with the grain of the meat. This will help keep pieces tender.

Cut with the grain of the meat. This will help keep pieces tender.

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Enjoy with your favorite side dishes.

Enjoy with your favorite side dishes.

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