Our Homepage Donation to Forum Overhead Smoke Signals Magazine Welocme Merchandise Associations Purchase Subscription Amazon Affiliate
Go Back   The BBQ BRETHREN FORUMS. > Discussion Area > Brethren Road Trips


Brethren Road Trips The travel logs of our members. Q- joints, restaurants, entertainment, reviews while we travel around the 50 states. Also, Post here for a shout out to members to meet up with while on the road.

Thread Tools
Old 05-17-2019, 02:45 AM   #1
Gary Tomato
is one Smokin' Farker
Gary Tomato's Avatar
Join Date: 02-09-14
Location: Preston, Victoria, Australia
Default Santa Maria style restaurants in Santa Maria area

Hi folks,

I’ve been looking forward to visiting Santa Maria for a few years now and will be finally making it in mid-December this year, visiting from Melbourne, Australia.

I’m hoping someone can recommend what they think is the best place, (ie eating place) to go and have some authentic Santa Maria bbq. You know what I mean, tri-tip cooked over oak and ribs and whatever is good to eat.

We’ll be driving down the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco so any places on the way we could possibly visit.

Thanks folks
Gary Tomato is offline   Reply With Quote

Old 05-17-2019, 10:48 AM   #2
somebody shut me the fark up.

gtr's Avatar
Join Date: 10-16-10
Location: Culver City, CA

They don't have tri-tip, but Jocko's in Nipomo is fantastic. Everything cooked over blazing red oak on a Santa Maria pit. I've had pork ribs, beef ribs, and beef BBQ there (it was like a sliced beef deal, with some kind of sauce - not normally what I'd go for, but very good). Everything I've had is fantastic. It's a very popular spot, best to have reservations & go early. If you like to drink at the bar with locals, you can do that - it's a fun spot.

From what I understand, the real roots of what is widely understood to be Santa Maria BBQ are in fundraisers held by churches and civic organizations. I have no idea if they still go on or not. There's also a spot called The Hitching Post that I haven't been to but have heard good things about - I believe there are 2 - not sure if they are related or if one is preferable to the other.

This looks promising...I may have to go check it out myself!
50" Klose BYC, Spitjack XB85, 22.5 WSM, Backwoods Chubby, UDS, WRK, 26" & 22.5" Weber Kettles, Jumbo Joe, WGA, WSJ/MUDS, Kanka Grill, a piece of expanded metal I throw over the fire pit sometimes, Stealthy Black & Vol Orange Thermapens
Displaced East Tennesseean
Proud recipient of a Tick
Former outlaw MOINK baller, now IMBAS Certified, but still lookin' over my shoulder.
"Relax, it's only BBQ." - Bigmista, 2013
"We have it totally under control"
Avatar by my son!
gtr is online now   Reply With Quote
Thanks from:--->
Old 05-17-2019, 12:45 PM   #3
is one Smokin' Farker
Join Date: 06-14-14
Location: East Bay, CA

St. John's in Santa Clara does a nice tri-tip on Tuesdays.
Firestone Grill in SLO was good too.
Stop in for a "slash" at the Madonna Inn, most famous bathroom in CA

Jocko's is legendary
UDS, Weber OTP(the Swiss Army Knife of cookers)
guero_gordo is offline   Reply With Quote
Thanks from:--->

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Forum Custom Search: Enter your Search text below. GOOGLE will search ONLY the BBQ Brethren Forum.
Custom search MAY not work(no display box) in some configurations of Internet Explorer. Please use compliant version of Firefox or Chrome.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:32 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
2003 -2012 © BBQ-Brethren Inc. All rights reserved. All Content and Flaming Pig Logo are registered and protected under U.S and International Copyright and Trademarks. Content Within this Website Is Property of BBQ Brethren Inc. Reproduction or alteration is strictly prohibited.
no new posts