Grilled or Oven Roasted Tri Tip Roast
There’s no question that steaks—rib eye, New York Strip and fillet, are popular choices for grilling but for my taste nothing beats the rich beefy flavor of a grilled tri-tip.
The tri tip roast is comes from the bottom of the sirloin. This muscle gets more exercise by the cow than areas from the loin. This means the meat won’t be quite as tender as the major steaks but with a brief marinade and grilled to still pink medium it’s the favorite of many serious carnivores. Because it’s well marbled, it will always be juicy.
To intensify that marvelous beef flavor a little more, when given the time, I like to give a tri tip a bit of dry aging in my refrigerator, a day or two is perfect but the roast seems to benefit from just an overnight rest on a rack, uncovered in the coldest part or the refrigerator. Tri tips are sold trimmed and untrimmed. This means the layer of fat on one side has been removed by the butcher. Don’t fret if your market only sells untrimmed tri tips. The fat is easily removed with a sharp knife, but don’t trim all of it off. Leave about ¼ inch when trimming it, most of it will melt off when grilled and improves the flavor.
As delicious as this cut is when grilled, I love the endless uses for any leftovers. I often grill two tri tips at a time and later in the week turn the second one into some of the best pot roast ever if left whole, or cubed and turned into beef stew or chili. We also love the leftover cold tri tip thinly sliced in roast beef sandwiches or on top of a Caesar salad
The recipe and technique are simple. The marinade is actually a wet rub made from a few simple ingredients. Let the roast rest at least 20 minutes uncovered before slicing to allow the juices redistribute and carve against the grain for picture perfect, juicy grilled beef that rivals any pricier steak. Don’t have an outdoor grill? No problem. Just sear the roast on both sides in a non-stick frying pan, then pop into a 375 degree for about 30-45 minutes or until desired internal temperature is reached (we like ours on the rare side, 130 degrees). One tri tip is enough to feed 4-6 people generously with leftovers and with very little waste, makes this an economical cut of beef. If desired serve with chimichurri sauce or garlicky sautéed mushrooms.
1 tri tip roast (about 2-3 pounds)
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon brown sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce (Kikkoman)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Trim excess fat from the roast leaving ¼ inch. Place the meat in a deep pan and rub all over with the remaining ingredients. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour (or 2-3 hours refrigerated).
Grilling: Grill over medium high heat until internal temperature taken with a meat thermometer reached 120-130 for rare or 135 degrees for medium. The meat will continue to cook and rise another 5-10 degrees while resting.
Oven Roasting: Sear well on both sides in a non-stick pan. Roast at 375 degrees until desired internal temperature is reached.
Remove from the heat, let rest uncovered for at least 20 minutes and slice across the grain.