By "Santa Maria style tri-tip" I mean slow smoked with red oak. I'd really like to try this when I'm LA and OC next weekend, going to Santa Maria won't be feasible for some time.
There was a bbq catering company at the Palm Springs street fair yesterday that was doing it and it was really good, even though they could only smoke it for an hour. The pitmaster said he's pretty sure there's a couple of places in LA or OC, but didn't know any names.
Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Thanks!