8 reasons why Santa Maria BBQ is next-level

2. 1. Red Oak

It all begins with a tree that’s one of the most recognizable parts of California’s landscape. “The red oak is indigenous to our area,” Stahl says. “A lot of places up and down the coast don’t have access to red oak, though, and some will use fruit trees. That’s California style vs. Santa Maria style … we take the style up to another level.”

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