Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How To Grill Tri-Tip

How To Grill Tri Tip Steak - get the recipe at
Juicy, flavorful steak tender enough to cut with a fork is possible with just a few minutes on the grill. If you aren't familiar with tri-tip, it is a small triangular piece of beef cut from the sirloin. The tri-tip cut isn't the easiest to find, (there is only one tri-tip cut on each side of beef) but I grab one anytime I see it. This is the best, most underrated and inexpensive steak for grilling.

This is one of my favorite cuts of beef for feeding my family. My kids like their steak a little more well done than Sean and I do, so I slice theirs from the narrow tip and I slice ours from the center. I served the tri-tip steak with sauteed zucchini, buttery steamed green beans, and salt potatoes. Even my pickiest eaters ate every bite!

COOK'S NOTE: When slicing the steak, be sure to slice against the grain of the meat. Check out this quick video for a reminder on how to find the grain of the meat.

How To Grill Tri-Tip
Yield: 4-5 servings
(printable recipe)

2 pounds beef tri-tip steak
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
2 teaspoons raw sugar
3/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
3/4 teaspoon granulated onion
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Place the beef on the counter and allow it to warm to room temperature. Stir together all of the spices and generously rub over all sides of the meat. There will be spices remaining, just be sure to thoroughly coat the beef.

Preheat the grill to medium-high. Grill the tri-tip on each side to develop a dark brown crust, I did about 5 minutes on the first side, flipped the steak and grilled 8 minutes on the second side. Remove to indirect heat and continue cooking until the internal temperature is 130-135 degrees. I pulled ours at 130 degrees for medium rare. Let the meat rest and redistribute the juices for 10 minutes before slicing thinly against the grain. Enjoy!

How to grill juicy tri-tip steak tender enough to cut with a fork - get the recipe at

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  1. Roughly how long did it take to reach 130 deg?

  2. Tri-tip is the best kept secret!

  3. Love tri-tip, but like you, they are hard to find around here.