A Desert Outpost for Santa Maria BBQ

May 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm 2 comments

The Desert Sun reports that a new outpost for Santa Maria Style Barbecue has opened in Old Town Indio, which is located east of Palm Desert in Southern California.

The Warehouse BBQ was established by Ian Lasley and his brother-in-law, Orlando Cepeda. Santa Maria tri-tip is their specialty. Photos of various Santa Maria landmarks, such as the Santa Maria Inn, line the walls of the restaurant.

According to the article, “The Cepedas are natives to the Santa Maria area. Orlando Cepeda learned to cook the special barbecue from his father and uncle, who made it a family tradition for more than 30 years.”

It adds, “The partners make frequent trips to Santa Maria for the oak and pinquito beans.”

It sure sounds like these guys have some serious Santa Maria BBQ street cred. We’ve heard of other out-of-area restaurants specializing in Santa Maria BBQ, but few that pay such localized tribute to the Santa Maria Valley.

We wish them the best in their exciting new endeavor and thank them for spreading the sizzling good news about Santa Maria Style Barbecue!

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  • 1. The Warehouse BBQ  |  May 21, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Thank you so much for the shout out and well wishes. The Warehouse BBQ is so proud to be offering true Santa Maria Valley Style BBQ in the Desert. My husband Ian and my brother Orlando decided we were going to be true to our Santa Maria Roots. I am proud to say I was born and raised as a small child in Santa Maria and have most of my family there. Shout out to the Garcia’s, Palomos and Chavez’s. Since I can remember we were always bbqing in my family on weekends and for every special occasion so if I wasn’t eating tri tip and chicken at home then I was buying it off Broadway from the Lazo Club.
    So opening up our restaurant just made since to us. Here in the Palm Springs area there is very little selection of good BBQ much less Santa Maria Valley BBQ. Heck lots of people don’t even know what Tri Tip is, no joke. Its for that reason we actually have definitions of what Santa Maria Valley Style BBQ is, what Pinquito beans are and what Tri Tip is. And as we had hoped its really taken off, people are amazed by the flavor our Red Oak makes, in fact currently we have been making it on word of mouth and generous write ups from the local press.

    We were so excited to be noticed by your website and we invite you and your reader to come visit us if you ever come out to the Desert
    Julie Cepeda, The Warehouse BBQ

  • 2. santamariavalleybbq  |  May 22, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Thanks for your kind words, Julie! Your story is such a great testament to the remarkable flavors and traditions of Santa Maria Style Barbecue, and to its enduring foundations of community and family. We know that people will follow the red oak smoke from near and far to experience your magnificent menu. Please keep us posted on your adventures, and thanks again for doing such a great job of educating people about the origins and ingredients of Santa Maria BBQ!

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