Photo of Frank Ostini
Photo of Frank Ostini

Frank Ostini

Frank Ostini is renowned as owner, chef, and winemaker for the legendary Hitching Post 2, in Buellton, California, operating since 1993, featuring "Santa Maria Style BBQ", a feast that features foods grilled over a red oak fire, and an honored ritual in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Expertise: Santa Maria BBQ, Winemaking, Spice Blending, Recipe Development

Experience: Frank Ostini grew up in and around the Casmalia Hitching Post, his family's steakhouse in central California, in operation since 1952. The regional spokesman for "Santa Maria Style BBQ", Frank has expanded the family's original menu to cook most anything over the embers at his restaurant, including local vegetables, fish, poultry, pork and game in addition to the wide selection of the best quality beef in America, sourced from small packers in Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas, and aged to his specifications.

Since 1984, Frank Ostini and partner Gray Hartley have produced Hitching Post Wines, specializing in Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir. The restaurant and wines became world-renowned after the runaway success of the film "Sideways" in 2004, in which it was featured.
Wood-grilling tri-tip brings rich, smoky flavor in this easy grilled steak recipe, while allowing plenty of time for the meat to become meltingly tender over the coals. A peppery spice rub and garlicky basting liquid amp up the flavor in the roasts. Frank Ostini, chef-owner of The Hitching Post II just north of Santa Barbara, serves grilled tri-tip alongside Santa Maria–Style Pinquito Beans and fresh Mild Tomato Salsa for a Santa Maria–style summer barbecue. Most butchers will carry a tri-tip roast, and all grocery stores should have them. Just be sure to ask for 2-pound roasts without the fat cap. To reheat this crowd pleaser, place it in a 300°F oven until the internal temperature reaches 115°F. For a traditional Santa Maria-style barbecue, serve grilled tri-tip with Santa Maria–Style Pinquito Beans and Mild Tomato Salsa. (For more Santa Maria–Style gilling pointers, read our 4 Keys to Santa Maria Tri-Tip.)