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Top 10 Tri-Tip Recipes

The Most Popular and Best Tri-Tip Recipes


The Tri-Tip, whether roast or steak, has grown from a little know California cut of beef to a popular piece of meat, showing up in stores across the country and more and more, around the world. Tri-Tip isn't the most tender cut, but the fine distribution of fat can make it flavorful and juicy if you cooking it (think grill) right.

1. Grilled Tri-Tip Roast

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This simple beef tri-tip roast is perfect for many uses. Grill it up, low and slow, and serve it as it is, or cut it up for fajitas, tacos, enchiladas or anything else that calls for a flavorful meat.

2. Santa Maria Tri-Tip

Santa Maria Barbecue
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Santa Maria Barbecue is an old traditional cookout from the Santa Maria Valley in Southern California dating back to the mid-19th century. This delicious grilled beef is served with salsa, pinquito beans and green salad. The meat is either top sirloin or beef tri-tip. 

3. Oriental Tri-Tip Steak

Use a Tri-Tip steak or roast for this recipe and adjust the cooking time accordingly. The great Asian flavors in this marinade will really make a great meal.

4. Southwestern Tri-Tip Steak

Loaded with cilantro and lime, this tri-tip steak is marinated in beer, wine and lots of flavor. Choose a dark beer for a richer flavor and add more pepper flakes to heat it up.

5. Spice Rubbed Tri Tip Roast

Spice Rubbed Tri-Tip Roast
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This rotisserie tri-tip roast has a great slow cooked flavor. The spice rub adds a rich southwestern touch. This dish would go well with grilled vegetable kebabs or grilled potatoes.

6. Smoked Tri Tip Roast

Smoked Tri Tip Roast
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This is the smoker version of a traditional Santa Maria Tri-Tip or Santa Maria Barbecue. Usually this Tri Tip Roast is cooked over a live fire on a grill, but works great for the smoker. Using the smoker is going to give you a better smoke flavor but won't give you a seared surface.

7. Simple Grilled Tri Tip Steak

Simple Grilled Tri Tip Steak
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This simple Tri-Tip Steak recipe uses a powerful marinade to keep the meat tender and a hot and fast trip over the grill to get it cooked.

8. Grilled Espresso Tri-Tips

Grilled Espresso Tri Tips
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Don't be afraid to use coffee as a seasoning or in a marinade. The flavor really isn't that strong and it will help to enhance the flavor of the steak.

9. Grilled Cognac Beef Kebabs

Cognac Beef Kebabs
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This is a simple Mediterranean style kebab recipe that works with beef, lamb, or pork.

10. Asian Marinated Tri Tip Roast

Asian Marinated Tri Tip Roast
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Spicy, savory, and simply magnificent. This tri tip roast is definitely a crowd pleaser. The marinade serves two purposes by first, seasoning the meat prior to grilling and finally, brought to a boil and thickened with cornstarch forming a delectable serving sauce for the finished product. While this recipe calls for tri tip roast, you can easily substitute with flank steak, yielding the same fantastic result. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time.

11. Tri-Tip in Chimichurri Sauce

This tri-tip roast is marinated in a savory sauce and then grilled. You want to sear the roast at first, then lower the heat and continue grilling until done.

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