Since this was my first experience with this style of BBQ, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. It's not fair to compare it to slow smoked southern 'cue, so I won't. The tri tips I thought were good, almost like a tender steak kebab in texture, but with a good amount of smoky flavor. Also very good were some of the sides. The chili was a standout, as were the piquinto beans. The BBQ pork was a little too dry, the cole slaw and potato salad tasted like it came from a commercial source, and the sauces didn't leave an impression. But the tri tip, chili, and beans were definite winners.
For those of you who are more experienced with Santa Maria BBQ, how does this place measure up?