Category Archives: Recipes

Santa Maria Style BBQ – We’re Famous!

It’s official, we’re famous!  As locals we know how much fun we have scouting out a good Santa Maria Style BBQ event – and here’s something new!  Check out the beautiful pictures and video of grilled tri-tip, with Chef John’s own recipe! 

Click Here:  Beautiful Tri-Tip Pictures (and a great how-to-bbq-tri-tip video using a marinade.)

And here’s a very nice blog about Santa Maria Valley BBQ:

Click Here:  Everyting you wanted to know about Santa Maria Style BBQ

Do you have a charity bbq event coming up?  Let us know and we’ll shamelessly plug it for you!!!  Just leave a comment and we’ll get right on it!  (Of course we’ll need to come by and sample, just to make sure everything is up to our high-brow standards!)  (Be sure to click on the Chef John link to hear his comments on the video about the “Santa Maria Style BBQ no-eyebrow look!)


Worlds Best Santa Maria Style Barbecue Tri tip! Java Moto Style!



If you’re looking for the Worlds Best Santa Maria Style BBQ Tri-tip, stop by Java Moto any Friday or Saturday at noon for fresh barbecued tri-tip sandwiches with the worlds best fresh salsa.  you’ll also have a great time with hundreds of motorcycle fans at BIKE NITE Santa Maria, the first Thursday of each month, from 6pm to 9pm right in front of Java Moto.  They’ll be barbecueing 45 tri-tips this coming Thursday, June 5th, and that’ll be a wonderful aroma you can smell for blocks away!  (Be there or be square!)  You’ll find Java Moto at Thorsen Motorsports, 2004 Preisker Lane, Suite J.  (From the 101 take the Broadway exit, turn left at the first light at Preisker.  Java Moto is between the Harley Davidson dealership and Thorsen Motorsports.)  I’ve been talking to Matt and Lloyd about Java Moto’s Santa Maria Style Barbecued Tri-tip, and I headed over last Friday at 11:00 am and was just in time to see Lloyd taking it off the grill, and boy did it smell great!  He was super friendly and let me take pictures, and even gave me all the details for his SECRET seasoning!!!  Wow!  That’s great to know EXACTLY how he seasons the tri-tip!!!  Java Moto’s BBQ Tri-Tip was the best I’ve ever tasted, and folks, it’s safe to say – it’s the WORLDS BEST TRI-TIP!  (Check out the Santa Maria BBQ website for more fotos, and the recipe, including all those important questions like – how long to cook the tri-tip, how to grill bbq tri-tip Santa Maria Style, cook the tri-tip fat side up or fat side down, trim or not trim the tri-tip, how to slice the tri-tip, and what exactly to use for the Santa Maria Style Seasoning…. etc.!!!!) And if you need to update your equipment, check out

See you Thursday June 5th at 6pm at the Santa Maria Bike Nite at Java Moto!


Santa Maria Style Barbeque – Best BBQ in the West!

Santa Maria Style Barbecue Chicken


Santa Maria is famous for its’ Santa Maria Style Barbecue, and for good reason!  It tastes great!

Barbecue Chicken Santa Maria Style

 The recipe for Santa Maria Style BBQ is simple, Santa Maria Tri Tip and Santa Maria BBQ Chicken can’t be beat!  Drive down Broadway any Saturday from spring to fall, and you’ll be enticed by the incredibly good barbecue aroma!  For a lazy Saturday afternoon, here’s a suggested route to see what’s cooking!  From the 101, exit Clark and head west into Orcutt, stopping first at the intersection of Clark and Bradley.  There’s usually a fund raising barbecue in the Longs parking lot.  Next, continue down Clark to highway 135 – Broadway, and head north on Broadway.  The next likely spot for a fundraiser BBQ is at the intersection of Betteravia and Broadway, again in the Longs parking lot.  This is where I found the worlds best barbecued chicken today, a fundraiser for the Coastal Xtreme Girls 14U trip to the World Series in Park City, Utah.  (Check the photos and recipe tips from the master bbq chef!)  If you don’t find Santa Maria style barbecue at this intersection here, just continue north on Broadway, and enjoy your tour through Santa Maria in search of the worlds best barbecue!  As you drive down Broadway, on a nice Saturday, anytime from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, you’re sure to find the worlds best barbecue tritip and chicken! (If you have barbecue envy and need a new BBQ – check out

Worlds best BBQ Chicken - No kiddin!

 Here’s the happy crew I found out and about on May 17, 2008 at the corner of Betteravia and Broadway in Santa Maria!  Darrell Cosand (smiling gent second from left) was kind enough to allow me to interview him and his fantastic Santa Maria style BBQ team, and shared ALL of their secrets for the best flavored BBQ in the entire world!!!  (In my humble opinion!!!)  

I guarantee you, it’s the best barbecue chicken in the entire world!!! (IMHO  ; – )