If you have never had tri tip, you haven't lived! I will show you how to cook tri tip on the grill or in the oven, it's SO easy and the flavor is unbeatable! We always had tri tip for Christmas dinner growing up, it's an impressive main dish!
Choose your tri tip:
If you can, get your tri tip from a local butcher. They will have what is called "prime" cuts, which has more fat and marbling than you can find at the grocery store. It will take longer to cook because of all the fat. (Fat=flavor)
If you buy your tri tip at the grocery store, make sure that you go to a high-end grocery store. High-end grocery stores are going to have mid-range cuts of meat. A discount store is going to have discount meat, and it will not be marbled well. Your roast will shrink a lot more and it will take a shorter time to cook.
Ask the butcher or grocery clerk for a well marbled tri tip roast, or "California cut" or a "triangle roast." If they still don't know what you mean, ask for the bottom sirloin butt (subprimal cut).
Prepare the marinade:
In a small bowl, combine all the spices: galic salt, seasoning salt, kosher salt, pepper, sugar, garlic powder, and parsley. 1 tablespoons of dried parsley is fine, you can use 2-3 tablespoons if you are using fresh parsley.
If you are grilling, trim the fat cap from the roast. If you are oven roasting, leave it on.
Rub the spice mixture all over the roast with your hands. Place in a large ziplock bag and add 1/4 cup olive oil. Seal the bag and massage the oil into the meat. Place in the fridge and marinate, turning a couple times, for about 8 hours. (This is ideal. If you only have an hour or even 15 minutes, guess what, you're still going to get a great roast. But the longer you marinate, the more flavor there will be. You can leave it in the fridge for up to 3 days.)
How to Grill Tri Tip:
How to Roast Tri Tip in the Oven:
To make a pan sauce:
Save all meat drippings* and excess marinade. Add to a small saucepan with 2 cups beef broth.* Bring to a boil. In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup cold water and 3 tablespoons flour. Whisk until smooth, and then slowly pour into the boiling broth. Continue simmering for 5-10 minutes until thickened. Add 2 tablespoons butter, season with salt and pepper, and serve with meat.
by The Food Charlatan