Santa Maria Style BBQ Tri-Tip with Chimichurri Butter








  • 4 teaspoons coarse sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 1½ to 2 pound tri-tip

Chimichurri Butter

  • ¼ cup Challenge Butter
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, firmly packed and chopped
  • 1 cup Italian parsley leaves, firmly packed and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin, ground
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper, crushed



  • 1

    Combine sea salt, garlic salt, and black pepper and rub over both sides of the tri-tip. If possible, allow meat to marinate in the seasonings for 3 hours and let the meat come to room temperature for about 1 hour before cooking.

  • 2

    Prepare grill by burning several logs of red oak. When coals are hot, starting with the fat side down place trip-tip on direct heat and sear for about 10 minutes on both sides. To finish cooking the meat, raise the grill of a Santa Maria style BBQ or move the meat away from the hot coals. Depending on the thickness of the cut, tri-tip will typically take between 20 to 30 minutes. Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature: 120-125°F for medium-rare and 130-135°F for medium. (Note that due to the triangle cut of tri-tip, you will have some thinner parts that cook more quickly than the thicker sections.)

  • 3

    Brush with chimichurri butter and allow meat to rest for 10 to 15 minutes in a pan near the heat.

  • 4

    Slice the tri-tip ¼ to ½-inch thick, against the grain and with the knife at a slight angle.

Chimichurri Butter

  • 5

    Melt butter and blend in other ingredients.

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