8 reasons why Santa Maria BBQ is next-level

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3. 2. Tri-Tip and Cowboy Steaks

California barbecue is forever linked to tri-tip, a cut of meat that just doesn’t have the same impact anywhere else. Read more tips for smoking tri-tip here. Juicy, smoky steaks are another hallmark of Santa Maria-style barbecue, shown here in all their tender, fatty glory, made even more succulent when wrapped in bacon.

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