Thinly sliced tri-tip is the star of Oakie Smokie BBQ’s cheesesteaks, nachos, and quesadillas

By Caleb Wiseblood

Thanks to his locally inspired spin on a traditional cheesesteak sandwich, Santa Maria chef Jesse Carlon’s tribute to the Philadelphia staple is a frequent standout during pop-up barbecue events. “We replicate the Philly, but it’s made with barbecue tri-tip,” said Carlon, the owner and founder of Oakie Smokie BBQ.  A lifelong Central Coast resident, Carlon grew up with the Santa Maria-style barbecue tradition...