Jan 28, 2011

Santa Maria Tri-Tip SandwichesRecipe from Weber's Art of the Grill™ by Jamie Purviance

Rating: 5 stars

2 Reviews

Grocery List

Fresh Produce

  • 0.125 oz fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 garlic cloves
  • 1 red onions

Meat / Poultry / Seafood

  • 1 tri-tip roasts, each 2 to 2½ lb and about 1½" thick

Oil and Spices

  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1.125 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic salt
  • 0.25 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp paprika


  • 0.25 cup ketchup
  • 0.25 cup steak sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce


  • 4 fl oz chicken broth
  • 12 slice French bread
  • 1.5 tsp ground coffee beans

Special Equipment

  • 2 handful oak, mesquite, or hickory wood chips



  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup finely diced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup steak sauce
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1½ teaspoon ground coffee beans
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

  • 1 tri-tip roast, 2 to 2½ pounds and about 1½ inches thick
  • 12 slices French bread


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining sauce ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced to ½ cup, about 10 minutes. Purée the sauce in a food processor or blender. Allow to cool; cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Bring to room temperature before serving.

  2. In a small bowl mix the rub ingredients. Press the mixture into the surface of the tri-tip, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 3 hours or as long as 24 hours. Allow the tri-tip to stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before grilling.

  3. Soak the wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes.

  4. Prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).

  5. Brush the cooking grates clean. Drain and scatter the wood chips over lit charcoal or put them in the smoker box of a gas grill, following manufacturer’s instructions. Sear the tri-tip over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, turning once, until both sides are seared, about 5 minutes total. Then continue grilling the tri-tip over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to your desired doneness, 20 to 30 minutes for medium rare. Remove from the grill and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Cut the roast against the grain into thin slices.

  6. Build each sandwich with slices of meat and a dollop of sauce. Serve warm or at room temperature.

2 Reviews

Average Rating

Rating: 5 stars

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Rating: 5 stars

Apr 29, 2016

John P

Hard to find Tri-tip...

Tri-Tip is hard to find by name except for Costco in Chicagoland but it’s a great piece of meat and the sauce is something to behold! I head to Costco with this recipe in mind!

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

Rating: 5 stars

Jul 5, 2016

Jeremy J

This one is getting popular

Tri-tip was all over two grilling cookbooks I got for father's day and seems to be getting more and more popular outside the West Coast. I can find it pretty easily in Chicago as long as I don't ask at a straight up grocery store. Plenty of butchers on the northwest side know how to cut this and according to one I talked to, have been doing so more and more recently.

This recipe got a big thumbs up from the family when I made it. It wasn't too expensive to get two BIG cuts (about 5 lbs worth for two), and the way they're shaped means you can get some portions medium while keeping the rest a little closer to rare so everyone's happy. I can't believe I've never had this before, but I think it's going to be a regular part of my rotation for the future.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

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