I am so thankful for the day that I was introduced to Santa Maria barbecue! If I remember right, I believe we were on a road trip heading north through the Central Coast and we stopped in the Santa Ynez area to grab lunch. I ordered the tri-tip and thought I had died and gone to food heaven. Fast forward 8-9 years and any chance we get, we love to incorporate that flavor into some of our favorite recipes like this Santa Maria grilled chicken with roasted tomato salad.
If you ask me, chicken is tough meat to cook right without it getting dry. What we’ve learned along the way is it’s all about the dry rub and having just the right amount of skills on the grill. Thankfully this recipe for the Santa Maria grilled chicken served with a roasted tomato salad is incredibly easy and it’s best served community style just like they did in the ranching days.
If you’re not familiar with the Centra Coast of California, it’s the area that lies between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. While it’s now known for it’s exquisite wine region, it used to be home to grazing cattle (and it still is). While the cowboys back in the day may not have been able to enjoy a long hard days work with a glass of Pinot Noir, you can bet we’ll help them make up for lost time.
Grab the recipe for the Santa Maria grilled chicken with roasted tomato salad over on the Cambria Wines blog. Something tells me this will be a go-to meal for years to come!
This post is sponsored by Cambria Wines, but note that the recipe creation is 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make this blog possible.