This is Texas, and we cherish our
barbecue! Do we not grace many a grill with our fajita? What
barbecue pit between El Paso and the Sabine River has not
encountered a moment-defining brisket? If ever a Texan were thought
to be shy of grillin' skills, the mere idea would be rendered
laughable -- a rumor, a myth, like the chupacabra.
Although we often engage in legendary
Battles of the Barbecue with Kansas City and the Carolinas, how the
heck did California go unnoticed when they have one of the most
wonderful treasures since the Gold Rush?
While Californians immediately recognize their beloved tri-tip
and the legendary Santa Maria-style barbecue, this triangular cut
of beef has eluded the barbecue repertoire of Texans for too long.
Cut from the bottom sirloin and above the flank, the tender tri-tip
steak requires only simple seasonings to impress even our picky
Really, the tri-tip's journey from the West Coast to the Gulf
Coast was bound to happen: The tri-tip originated in Santa Maria,
California, as a result of its rancheros history and vaqueros
tradition. Yes, "vaqueros," as in "cowboys." So, indeed, this
delicious bit of history is essentially coming from Western cowboy
to Southern cowboy.
We tip our hats; much obliged!
One of our Western brethren offers wonderful advice for preparing
a classic Santa Maria-style barbecued tri-tip:
1. Use your favorite dry rub, but keep it simple: He
recommends a Montreal steak seasoning.
2. "Slow & low" is the way to go. Initially sear the
surface on high heat to lock in the juices, but then lower your
grill's temperature to roughly 300 degrees and cook the meat for
approximately 45 minutes (or until the meat almost reaches the
desired level of "doneness"). Remove from heat and allow the meat
to rest for a few minutes.
3. Fun for one but hearty for a party: The tri-tip is an
affordable cut that suits any family gathering or neighborhood
barbecue just fine. There's no need for hoardin', unless
y'all are just plain greedy.
4. Our Meat Departments are all set. Visit your
local Fiesta to delight in this California gold-turned-Texas