The tri-tip is a cut of beef from the bottom sirloin primal cut.

Often labeled “Santa Maria steak”, the roast is most popular in the Central Coast of California and Central Valley regions of California, and has begun to enjoy increasing favor elsewhere for its full flavor, lower fat content, and comparatively lower cost.

Here’s a recipe for tri-tip with an Oregon-inspired herb rub:

Grilled Tri-Tip with Oregon Herb Rub

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon dried sage
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed dried rosemary
  • 1 (2 ½ pound) beef tri-tip roast


  1. 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.
  2. Use a damp towel to lightly moisten the roast with water, then pat with the prepared rub. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours, up to overnight, for the flavors to fully come together.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.
  4. Place the roast onto the preheated grill and quickly cook until brown on all sides to sear the meat, then remove. Reset the grill for medium-low indirect heat (if using charcoal, move coals to the outside edges of the grill pit).
  5. Return the roast to the grill, and cook, turning occasionally, until the desired degree of doneness has been reached, about 1 ½ hours for medium-well. Remove from the grill and cover with aluminum foil. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving across the grain in thin slices to serve.

Pair with a Chico- California made Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to do dinner tonight the West Coast way.