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Tri Tip Roast on the grill.
Santa Maria Tri Tip Roast / Tri Tip Tacos
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Santa Maria Tri Tip Roast is a quick dinner option, easily grilled or oven baked in no time at all!  Full flavors in each tender bite.  Serve as it is with sides, or make it up into tacos!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, bbq
Keyword: santa maria tri tip recipe, grilled tri tip tacos
Servings: 6
Calories: 375 kcal
Author: Michele Hall
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1.5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 2 cloves minced garlic)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (or 2 tsp minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 3 pounds tri tip roast
  1. Trim any excess fat from tri-tip.

  2. Into a small bowl mix all spices and blend well.

    Sprinkle spices on each side of tri-tip and using your fingers rub the spices into the meat.

  3. Place roast onto a sheet of foil and wrap tightly. Allow to set for 60 minutes minimum, up to overnight.

  4. One hour before grilling remove from fridge and allow to come to room temperature.

  5. Heat grill to high. Place roast on grill and sear for 5 minutes each side. Ideally on your gas grill you will have one area you can turn off the gas and allow meat to cook without being on the flames (indirect cooking it).If you dont have that option, place the meat on the cooler area with out as many flames. Close the lid and cook for 5 minutes at a time coming back to check to make sure the flames are not burning the meat.

  6. Depending on the size and width of the roast will determine how long it takes to cook your roast. Use a thermometer to cook to 5° before desired doneness.

    For Rare, you want to remove at 120° (during rest time it will continue to cook to 125°‚. Medium rare 130° (rest temp finish 135). Medium 140° /145° rest temp finish). Any more done than medium the meat will be too dry.

    Once roast hits your desired temp, remove from grill and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.

    Cut meat into slices against the grain to maximize tenderness.

  7. Cut meat into slices against the grain to maximize tenderness.

  8. Serve alone, or as tacos with tortillas, salsa and guacamole (quick recipe in the post)