Santa Maria Tri-Tip Seasoning

This Santa Maria seasoning is a flavorful spice blend traditionally used for Tri-Tip. It really enhances the flavor of the meat.

santa maria tri-tip seasoning

Living in Southern California means I get to eat Tri-Tip regularly. Santa Maria Seasoned Tri-Tip is one of the most popular in this area.

The Santa Maria Valley where this seasoning originated is less than a 2 hour drive from where I live.

baked tri-tip with santa maria seasonings

While the ingredients typically include garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and other herbs, the exact blend can vary.

In my opinion, the combination of ingredients listed on the recipe card is a perfect blend for a Tri-Tip roast.

Before you apply your dry rub to your meat, pat your meat down with a paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible. Next, you need a binder to help the dry rub stick to the meat. You can use olive oil or even yellow mustard. I prefer to use Yellow Mustard when cooking Tri-Tip.

Once the binder has been applied, liberally apply the dry rub all over the meat. Make sure you take the proper precautions not to cross-contaminate! I suggest you use one hand to apply the dry rub and the other to rub the dry rub into the meat.

sliced tri-tip on a plate with baked beans

You will need the following ingredients to make this Santa Maria Tri-Tip Seasoning recipe. For ingredient amounts please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Kosher Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper – use freshly ground pepper if possible
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Smoked Paprika – regular paprika is fine as well
  • Dried Oregano
  • Ground Thyme
  • Cayenne Pepper – to taste
  1. In a small bowl, combine the kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, dried oregano, dried thyme, and cayenne pepper.
    seasoning ingredients in a bowl
  2. Mix the ingredients thoroughly until well combined.
    santa maria seasoning in a bowl
  3. Pat the tri-tip roast with paper towels. Optionally apply a binder to the meat.
    mustard binder for tri-tip
  4. Rub the seasoning generously over the entire surface of the meat. Make sure to coat it evenly on all sides.
    santa maria seasoning on tri-tip roast
  5. Allow the tri-tip to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking.

Printable Recipe Card

santa maria tri-tip seasoning

Santa Maria Tri-Tip Seasoning

This Santa Maria seasoning is a flavorful spice blend traditionally used for Tri-Tip. It really enhances the flavor of the meat.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course Dry Rubs
Cuisine American
Servings 1 tri-tip
Calories 99 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl for Mixing

Ingredients
 

  • 1 ½ Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Ground Black Pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tsp Ground Thyme
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper, adjust to taste

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine the kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, dried oregano, dried thyme, and cayenne pepper.
  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly until well combined.
  • Pat the tri-tip roast with paper towels. Optionally apply a binder to the meat.
  • Rub the seasoning generously over the entire surface of the meat. Make sure to coat it evenly on all sides.
  • Allow the tri-tip to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 99kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 4gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 10482mgPotassium: 484mgFiber: 7gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 4442IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 125mgIron: 4mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. Harvey says:

    Very close to the real thing