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Santa Barbara California is famous for simple grilled tri-tip.  This is about as authentic a recipe there is for this delicious treat.

Santa Barbara Tri Tip

1.3/5 rating (32 votes)
  • Ready in: overnight to marinate + 20 - 25 minutes to cook
  • Serves: 6
Santa Barbara Tri Tip


  • Tri Tip (about 6 lbs)
  • Soy Sauce
  • Mexican Lager, like Pacifico
  • 1 head of whole garlic cloves, skinned
  • Salt and pepper
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles (optional)


  1. Sprinkle tri tip with salt and pepper and let rest 10 minutes. Place tri tip in a ziplock bag with soy sauce and whole garlic cloves and chill overnight or at least 5-6 hours.
  2. Light a wood or charcoal fire.  When it is very hot place tri tip on an oiled sheet of heavy duty tine foil over a grill grate.  Cook tri tip and garlic for 20-25 minutes based on desired degree of doneness.
  3. Top with blue cheese crumbles and serve.

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