Our Recipes


Serves Four


Adapted from West Coast Prime Meats Cooks © 2015


  • One piece tri-tip (approximately two pounds)
  • One large red onion, peeled, cored and cut in 1/2-inch dice
  • Four cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • Two teaspoons Lawry’s Seasoning Salt
  • Two teaspoons garlic salt


The smoker outside Richie’s lures customers in with its enticing aroma of smoked meat and aromatic seasonings and has made tri-tip a signature item for the brand. The kitchen staff holds the tri-tip pieces warm and slices them to order for breakfast, lunch and dinner. “The wood-smoked flavor with onion and garlic on top of the wood and then on top of the tri-tip is why it’s so flavorful,” owner Jack Williams claims.

  1. Prepare your smoker or kettle grill.
  2. Trim the silver skin and any excess fat off of the tri-tip.
  3. We jacquard the tri-tip on both sides. Cooking stores sell a hand-held jacquard device or you can use the pointed side of a meat mallet; tenderize on both sides.
  4. Mix the onion and the rough-chopped garlic together in a small bowl.
  5. When the smoker is ready to cook, toss three-quarters of the onion-garlic mix on the hot wood. Reserve the rest of the mix for later.
  6. Season both sides of the tri-tip with the garlic salt and Lawry’s Seasoning Salt.
  7. Place the tri-tip fat-side-down, sear the meat, then turn it fat-side-up.
  8. Turn every five minutes. On final turn, sprinkle the meat with the remaining onion-garlic mix. Cook to desired doneness (145 for medium rare, 160 for medium well).
  9. Remove from the smoker, hand-slice and serve.

Chef’s Tip

Richie’s Real American Diner uses a mesquite-wood-fueled smoker to cook its meats. If you do not have a smoker, you can use a kettle-style barbecue and mesquite-wood chips to smoke your meat. See How to Turn Your Kettle Grill Into a Smoker

Copyright © 2015 by Amy and Craig Nickoloff and West Coast Prime Meats
Recipes reprinted with permission of the owners.


Jack and Linda Williams
Owners, Richie’s Real American Diner

Richie’s Real American Diner

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