"Santa Maria Style BBQ" Oakwood Grilled Tri-tip

2 (3-pound) tri-tip roasts
Basting Sauce, recipe follows
Seasoning Salt Mixture, recipe follows

Heat a grill to low.
Coat both sides of the tri-tips with half of the seasoning mixture, rubbing it in as you would a dry rub. Let rest for 30 minutes at room temperature. Place the tri-tips over a low temperature fire, 1 with fat side up, and the other with fat side down. Turn as the first side gets crispy, approximately 6 to 8 minutes. Be careful of flare-ups, as the dripping fat will fuel the fire. Turn the tri-tips before the heat pushes juices out the top, and continue to turn using this timing method throughout the cooking process. After turning, baste with sauce and season lightly, 4 times per side. Continue turning until the tri-tips are cooked to your liking. Remove from fire and let rest for 10 minutes before cutting into 1/2-inch slices against the grain.

Seasoning Salt Mixture:
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons white pepper
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
4 tablespoons granulated garlic
6 tablespoons salt
Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl.

Basting Sauce:
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup garlic-infused vegetable oil
Whisk together vinegar and oil in a small bowl.

Recipe courtesy Frank Ostini

Buffalo Mozzarella Burgers

1 pound ground beef or hamburger meat
half a 3.5 ounce package Buffalo Mozzarella
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon mixed herbs
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 Italian style bread rolls (split)
Oil and butter for cooking

The success of this recipe lies solely on the freshness and quality of the Buffalo Mozzarella used so find a local Italian market/deli or buy from one of the online gourmet cheese sellers. The Buffalo Mozzarella should be packaged in liquid in a ball of around 3.5 ounces – do not use the shredded stuff.
Start by gently sauteeing the chopped onion with some butter in a skillet over a medium to low heat until they begin to brown, this should take 5-7 minutes.
Now combine the beef or hamburger meat, minced garlic, herbs and seasoning in a large bowl and mix well, then mix in the cooked onion.
Shape the mixture into 4 patties with your hands and fry in a little oil for 4-5 minutes each side making sure the meat is fully cooked. Add a thick slice of Buffalo Mozzarella to each patty about 90 seconds before cooking is done, to melt the cheese.

BBQ Lime Pork Chops

1/3 cup Key West lime juice
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon lime zest
Salt and pepper to taste
4 boneless center-cut pork chops
Lime slices

Prepare marinade by mixing lime juice, cider vinegar, honey, lime zest and salt and pepper in large zip-top bag or in shallow glass dish. Reserve 1/4 cup marinade. Add pork chops to marinade, coat chops on both sides. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Preheat grill to medium. Brush chops with reserved marinade and grill, turning once. Cook about 10 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Place on platter and garnish with lime slices.

Recipe from CDKitchen for Barbecue Lime Pork Chops serves