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Need a good dry rub for Tri Tip...

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

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

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    1. re: dano

      Would that be equal proportions of each?

    2. 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

        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

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

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

            1. 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. 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

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


                  1. 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. 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