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Moose Jul 9, 2006 05:07 PM

I plan on slow cooking a tri tip on the grill tonight. Any good rub recipes you'd like to suggest?

  1. MsMaryMc Dec 22, 2008 03:49 PM

    Here's the full treatment I give mine--dry rub, basting sauce, and salsa and pinquito beans to go with:

    Santa Maria Tri Tip

    Santa Maria-Style Salsa

    Santa Maria-Style Pinquito Beans

    1. mamaciita Dec 22, 2008 02:43 PM

      I saw the Santa Maria post, which reminded me how ridiculously good this recipe tasted:


      This has become a staple at our house--we usually make it with flank steak because it's easier to find in markets here.

      1. mamaciita Dec 22, 2008 02:39 PM

        This is my favorite dry rub--I use it on flank steak.


        1. toodie jane Jul 10, 2006 03:05 PM

          How was your tri-tip?

          Though you asked for a dry rub, I'll mention that a teriyaki marinade is delicious with tri-tip. I cut the roast into steaks about 1 1/4" thick across the grain, then marinate for an hour or more. PDG! and cooks very fast!

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          1. re: toodie jane
            Moose Jul 10, 2006 10:26 PM

            It was spectatular! I haven't cooked one in some time, but now that I have this:


            I decided to give it a try. I used wet oak chips for smoke. I gave the meat a quick sear, and then cooked over indirect heat for about one hour.

            I came up with my own dry rub, which was something like this:

            1/3 cup brown sugar
            3tbsp paprika
            3tbsp chili powder
            1/4 tsp onion powder
            1/2 tsp garlic powder
            1 tsp feshly ground black pepper
            2 tbsp salt

          2. LindaWhit Jul 9, 2006 08:32 PM

            This is one that I've enjoyed in the past.

            1 tsp garlic powder
            1 tsp fennel seed -- crushed in a mortar
            1/2 tsp dried thyme
            2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
            1 Tbsp paprika
            1/2 tsp dried oregano
            1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
            1/2 tsp salt

            1. c
              chowchow985 Jul 9, 2006 07:37 PM

              Equal parts Mexican chile powder, cumin and paprika. S+P to taste.

              1. r
                RobotDeathSquad Jul 9, 2006 06:53 PM

                My version of a southern style bbq, great for smoking with apple wood (what I always use with everything).

                6 parts brown suger
                2 parts fresh minced garlic (straight out of a press is what I do)
                1 part cumin
                1 part paprika
                1 part chipotle powder
                1 part Adobo powder
                1 part salt (kosher is best, can use as much as 3 parts)
                1 part black pepper (fresh ground)
                1 part white pepper
                1 part mustard seed

                1. k
                  kevine Jul 9, 2006 06:36 PM

                  This has worked well for us:

                  1/2 Tablespoon sea salt
                  1/2 Tablespoon cracked black peppercorns
                  1 Tablespoon minced garlic
                  1 Tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
                  1 Tablespoon soy sauce
                  1/2 Tablespoon white pepper
                  1 Tablespoon brown sugar
                  Mix all the ingredients well, cover the meat with them and place in plastic bag in
                  refrigerator at least an hour,
                  better overnight.

                  FWIW, to cook, I always sear over direct heat 5 min per side, then indirect until internal about 115-120, usually about 20-30 min depending on size

                  1. Phood Jul 9, 2006 05:40 PM

                    The Santa Maria style barbeque is grilled over red oak, and rubbed with garlic, salt and fresh black pepper.
                    Grind the spices together with a mortar and pestle, rub it on, and let it work it's magic.

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                    1. re: Phood
                      djh Jul 10, 2006 11:52 PM

                      that's the classic rub -- works out great. Red oak is the key. Sometimes we add lemon pepper to the mix -- that was the "secret ingredient" when I lived in Lompoc 20 years ago and we could get tri tip for $1.50/pound because it no one had ever heard of it outside of SB County!

                      1. re: djh
                        leftfoot Dec 22, 2008 08:25 AM

                        Thanks for taking the time to post this dry rub. I am ruined for beef after traveling out there.

                    2. d
                      dano Jul 9, 2006 05:35 PM

                      my old classic, kali chile powder, salt, sugar, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder.

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                      1. re: dano
                        Moose Jul 9, 2006 08:33 PM

                        Would that be equal proportions of each?

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