You can see the flames of leaping off of the charcoalJocko's in Nipomo (close to Santa Maria, which is between Santa Barbara wine country and Morro Bay). Jocko's style is referred to as "Santa Maria BBQ," where top block sirloin is cooked over red oak coal flames. The restaurant sources its dry aged steaks from Colorado and then most importantly, cooks the steaks over an open fire over red oak charcoal. The result is a wonderfully flavorful steak with great smoky flavor from the charcoal. We ordered the large Spencer steak, which is a ribeye cut, and the New York Sirloin.
I loved my Spencer steak, it was so juicy and every bite was so flavorful, rich and delicious. I liked the sirloin a lot; it was much more lean than the Spencer, but had great concentrated flavor. The photos are a little deceiving; the steak is actually a lot bigger in person. Not only is the steak some of the best steak I've had (right up there with Peter Luger's in Williamsburg, NY), but it is an incredible deal: for $27, you get the steak, breadsticks and salsa, antipasto, salad, garlic bread, baked potato, ice cream and coffee / tea. The side dishes aren't great, but it doesn't really matter, the steak is awesome and you leave completely stuffed. Corkage is only $5 as well; we had our wedding red wine: the 2005 Chateau D'aiguilhe Cotes du Castillon bordeaux which was perfect with the steaks.
Jocko's Steak House
125 N. Thompson Ave
Nipomo, CA 93444