Santa Maria Barbeque describes meats that have been cooked over the hot coals of a red oak fire. This style of barbeque has its roots in the mid-19th century, when the rancheros gathered to help each other brand their calves in the spring. The host would prepare a Spanish style barbeque as a thank you for his vaqueros (America’s first cowboys), friends and family.
The tender and flavorful meats from a Santa Maria barbeque have been called by Sunset magazine, “the best barbeque in the world”, and the California Visitors Guide raves that this is the “number one food not to miss while visiting California”. To compliment this fabulous barbeque style, O’Connor’s has developed signature rubs and marinades that have been perfected by catering events throughout Northern California over the last thirty years.
We hope you will visit us at our Santa Maria Grill Restaurant in Orangevale, or call and arrange for us to cater your next event. You and your friends will love the food and the opportunity to experience one of California’s original barbeque recipes.