Bonnie D. Recipe

By Bonnie D. Utahn

enough rub for two tri-tips
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Santa Maria is a small town on California's central coast, and it is famous for its great barbequed Tri tip. It is simple to make. It produces some of the best flavor you will ever taste. We use it on a tri-tip. It can be used on other meats or used as a seasoning. I am happy to share it with you! Enjoy!

Photo is my own, recipe from internet by Jake.


1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon dried dill
1/4 teaspoon dried sage
1/4 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary
1 (2 1/2 pound) beef tri-tip roast
for a recipe using this rub, see my recipe called: oven roasted tri-tip

Directions Step-By-Step

Mix together the salt, garlic salt, celery salt, black pepper, onion powder, paprika, dill, sage, and rosemary in a bowl. Store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use. This is enough rub for two tri-tips.
Use a damp towel to lightly moisten the roast with water, then pat with the prepared rub on both sides. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours, up to overnight, for the flavors to fully come together. If you are going to be cooking the meat right away, let rubbed tri-tip sit at room temperature for two hours.
Cook's Tip: This rub is also great on grilled chicken, shrimp and fish. Can be used as a seasoning salt.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Marinades, Rubs
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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rachelle greene albalovescholo
Oct 30, 2013 my customised version, there is granulated garlic, and more celery salt, while i eliminated the extraneousus 1 teaspoon of salt.

i made it the first time with slightly reduced salt, and it was not enough, but otherwise this is very good.
Kathleen Wright kansaskaty
Aug 6, 2012
Thank you for posting this recipe for Santa Maria Rub/ I havent had Tri Tip since we left Solvang, Ca. I am going to searce for the roast and make this special rub.!!! I dont know if Kansas has discovered this great cut of beef yet, but I hope to find it.
Bonnie D. Utahn
Dec 15, 2011
Thanks for sharing, Tara!
Check out the seasoning in this chicken fried steak, too. Awesome!
Dec 15, 2011 - Tara Pacheco shared this recipe with discussion group: Local Favorites
Jun 16, 2011 - Bonnie D. shared a photo of this recipe. View photo