Review: Oakridge BBQ Santa Maria Steak Seasoning

Some time back, I published a review of Oakridge BBQ’s Competition Beef and Pork Rub.  This review is going to focus on another offering – their Santa Maria Steak Seasoning.  So without further delay, let’s get cookin’!



Naked Observations

So first, I’ll throw out the question that a lot of people ask – what in the world is Santa Maria seasoning?  Doing research online finds that Santa Maria Style BBQ centers around tri-tip seasoned with black pepper, salt, and garlic salt.  If you examine the ingredients list for Oakridge’s seasoning, you immediately see garlic, black pepper, and salt.  There are also other ingredients that you can see in the photo above.  The composition of the rub can be seen in the photo below. 


To the Meat of the Matter

I used this in a couple of different ways.  My first experience in using this seasoning was in my first try at tri-tip.  If you are interested in reading my approach, you can check out the article.  Needless to say, I was very pleased with what the seasoning did to the meat.




I needed another way to try out this seasoning.  So I asked myself, “Self, how would you use this Santa Maria style steak seasoning?”  Why steak, of course.  My wife purchased some top round steak that was just begging for some love from this seasoning.



They then went on the Weber kettle to cook.  Cook time was approximately 12-15 minutes, with one turn at the halfway point on each side and then a flip at the overall halfway point.  I did use a grill press in an attempt to make some grill marks.


Overall, I was very pleased with how it turned out.  The seasoning added just the right notes to the flavor of the steak while continuing to let the steak be the star of the show.  It made for a great dinner and an even better lunch the next day!


If you’re interested in the line of Oakridge BBQ rubs and seasonings, they are available for purchase at  You can also find Oakridge BBQ on Facebook and Twitter

  • Shane Captain Caveman Davis

    Looks delicious! It’s making my mouth water!