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Santa Maria Roast Beef Recipe

Santa Maria Roast Beef Recipe

A simple dry rub is enough to turn roast beef into a real crowd pleaser. The slightly spicy meat is scrumptious the first and second time around, piled on top of fresh crusty bread. —Allison Ector, Ardmore, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 1 hour + standing YIELD:6 servings


  • 4 tablespoons paprika
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 beef tri-tip roast or beef sirloin tip roast (2 to 3 pounds)
  • 2 cups soaked hickory wood chips or chunks
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil


  • 1. Combine the first 11 ingredients; rub desired amount over roast. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Store leftover dry rub in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
  • 2. Remove roast from the refrigerator 1 hour before grilling. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Add wood chips according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • 3. Unwrap roast and brush with oil; place over drip pan. Grill, covered, over medium-low indirect heat for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

5 ounce-weight: 294 calories, 16g fat (4g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 324mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 32g protein.

Reviews for Santa Maria Roast Beef

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daysoff User ID: 6418676 161357
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2011

"Every year we buy 2 rib eye roasts for a family get together. I have tried many rubs over many years. Finally; this this is the best. I followed the directions for prime rib cooking. If you like a slightly Southwest flavor then this is without a doubt the recipe to use, it will become a doover in my recipe box.


DeeDeeDi User ID: 5598325 179581
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"This was a delicious Tri-tip recipe. My family loved the this recipe and we will BBQ our Tri-tip this way from now on."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.