8 reasons why Santa Maria BBQ is next-level



Take a closer look at Santa Maria barbecue, and you’ll find that there are a few things that set it apart—and make it pretty awesome. To get a true picture, we spoke with California pitmaster Wayne Stahl of the Santa Maria Elks Lodge, where he’s in charge of 11 pit crews that work every weekend, serving crowds as large as 10,000, giving to charity and doing it all with that laid-back California attitude.

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