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BBQ Land

1975 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA - (805) 346-8537
Posted By Chris & Amy Ayers on 4/28/2012 6:20:00 PM
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.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Tri-tip sandwich
Macaroni salad
Ranch-style beans
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The tri-tip sandwich is traditionally topped with fresh salsa on grilled and buttered French bread, and BBQ Land's version is phenomenally tasty.
"The tri-tip sandwich is traditionally topped with fresh salsa on grilled and buttered French bread, and BBQ Land's version is phenomenally tasty."
Chris & Amy Ayers





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.
"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."
Cliff Strutz


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.
"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."
Chris & Amy Ayers


The macaroni salad serves as a cool foil for the spicy meat and beans.
"The macaroni salad serves as a cool foil for the spicy meat and beans."
Chris & Amy Ayers


BBQ Land is located in the heart of Santa Maria, less than two miles from Highway 101.
"BBQ Land is located in the heart of Santa Maria, less than two miles from Highway 101."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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