I live near Santa Maria, and it's funny to think that other people even know what tri tip is. Pretty much every barbeque around here involves tri tip. You can get it whole or cut up into steaks. It does come out better cooked whole, though.
Same here! It's weird to think Santa Maria Tri Tip is like a "thing". Lol I don't think I've ever been to/hosted a BBQ where we didn't have tri tip. Most delicious meat ever!