BBQ Land

Worth a detour

Vaqueros, the cowboys of California’s Central Coast, used to cook their meat over a fire of red oak wood, a tree indigenous to the Santa Maria Valley. Today, the specialty known as tri-tip makes mouths water all over the Golden State. Cut from the bottom sirloin, seasoned with a mixture of salt, pepper, and garlic, and grilled over red oak logs on adjustable grates, tri-tip is the undisputed crux of Santa Maria-style barbecue. The traditional sandwich is dressed with fresh tomato salsa, tucked into toasted and buttered French bread, and sided with ranch-style pinquito beans.

With their mammoth grill next to the front door, BBQ Land in Santa Maria naturally serves the archetypal tri-tip sandwich. The tri-tip is quite juicy on its own, but mingling with the salsa gives the meat an unmistakable savor. The French bread is the perfect vehicle for soaking up the meat juices, and their ranch beans are wonderfully spiced and tender, swimming in their own broth that you’ll want to soak up with a corner of French bread. Their menu also includes grilled chicken, ribs, tacos, and burritos, but their luscious tri-tip will keep us satisfied on every visit.

What to Eat
BBQ Land, Tri-tip sandwich
Tri-tip sandwich
The tri-tip sandwich is traditionally topped with fresh salsa on grilled and buttered French bread, and BBQ Land's version is phenomenally tasty.
BBQ Land, Ranch-style beans
Ranch-style beans
Pinquito beans are a native crop in the Santa Maria Valley, and these ranch beans are a savory and necessary side dish for tri-tip.
BBQ Land, Macaroni salad
Macaroni salad
The macaroni salad serves as a cool foil for the spicy meat and beans.
BBQ Land, Kim Chee
Kim Chee
Kimchee seems like an unusual option at a BBQ restaurant, but since the owners are Korean, we thought it was worth a try. Hot and spicy, this was the favorite among our sides.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday11am - 9pm
Monday11am - 9pm
Tuesday11am - 9pm
Wednesday11am - 9pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 9pm
Saturday11am - 9pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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