Santa Barbara Spice Company
El Capitan Seasoning

$8.95 (5.2 oz bottle)


A traditional barbeque on the California central coast is not complete without beef tri tip. The flavor is incredible! Tri tip is a real crowd pleaser when you have lots of folks to feed. Just serve it up sliced with fresh salsa and ranch beans. Add a green salad and garlic bread and you have the traditional barbeque meal for our area. We also like to grill up some vegetables to include in this healthy meal.

The most common question we receive about cooking is, “How do YOU cook tri tip?” Tri tip is fairly easy to cook. Here’s how you can grill a delicious tri tip that will delight your family and guests.

1. Tri tip is most commonly sold untrimmed. Unless yours is already trimmed, trim the fat layer starting at the narrow end. Coat the meat generously on all sides with El Capitan Seasoning fifteen minutes to one hour before grilling.

2. Fire up your grill to a high heat. Sear the tri tip over direct flame for about five minutes on each side. Once the meat has a nice crust (moderate charring), place it in indirect heat and maintain a medium temperature (325 to 350 degrees) with the hood closed.

3. Continue to cook the tri tip with indirect heat for 30 to 45 minutes; depending on the size of the roast and your preference for doneness. After you have grilled a few tri tips you should be able to judge doneness by touch. We prefer ours medium rare for the best flavor and tenderness. If you like using a thermometer, go for an internal temperature of 140 degrees.

4. After you pull the tri tip off the grill, let it rest on the cutting board with foil over the top for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing. This will allow the tri tip to finish cooking and the juices to be absorbed back into the center of the meat. Slice it up, serve, and watch it disappear.

5. Finally, there is one more thing you may want to consider to make the best tri tip. The traditional way to cook tri tip is over red oak coals. When I have the time, I love to cook tri tip and other meat on our wood grill. When I don’t have the time (which is quite often) I like to use a foil pouch of wood chips on the burner of my gas grill to give the meat a bit of that wood fire taste. My favorite woods for tri tip are oak and mesquite.

If you follow these simple suggestions you are bound to start hearing the words of anticipation that precede most meals in our homeā€¦ “Its gonna be good!”




El Capitan Seasoning is an original family dry rub recipe for grilling tri tip and top sirloin in the California central coast style. It's a well rounded seasoning with a salt, garlic, and pepper base that is deliciously balanced with herbs, spices, and natural flavors.

It is made from ALL NATURAL, truly clean ingredients. No MSG, sugar, fillers, flow agents or preservatives. El Capitan is an artisan-quality product that's lovingly made in small batches.

You'll love El Cap sprinkled on your favorite foods and as a 'secret ingredient' in family recipes. It's delicious on beef, pork, chicken, fish, vegetables, egg dishes, salads, stews, and more!

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