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BigBlockTank 05-12-2013 04:51 PM

Can I get some positive advice?
There are sometimes I would call myself a pit master, others not so much. I have cooked whole hog in the ground and on a spit. I've smoked a farm full of pork, beef, lamb, chickens, and even some raw eggs too (those are good if you've never done them)

Switching over to the big grill we have, I still slow, indirect cook on that also. So.......I need some suggestions on a tri-tip. I've never been able to satify myself with a tri-tip that I've cooked. I'd prefer not to tell my technique, and just read what all you folks have to offer in advice, obviously, my present technique is not acceptable!!!:blah:

Thanks in advance

TroyA65 05-12-2013 05:02 PM

I had a butcher tell me to sear both sides and then finish on low about 15 mins a side. To me it seemed burnt and over cooked. Now I pre-heat the grill and cook it on low for about 10 min a side (depends) but then you gotta let it rest for at least 10 min. Slice thin and enjoy! Hope it helps.

CharredApron 05-12-2013 05:07 PM

Reverse sear is the trick that works for me. Made this one last night!

16Adams 05-12-2013 05:23 PM

works for us
Cover tri tip liberally both sides with kosher salt for one hour wrapped in siran wrap and allow it to come to near room temperature. After one hour rinse all the kosher salt from the meat. Apply salt free seasoning is: lemon pepper or garlic pepper, or just rub the heck out of it with fresh garlic. Sear on high heat 3-4 minutes each side (bring it to medium rare). Remove from grill and wrap in foil (shiny side against the meat) for 20 minutes. Cut against the grain.

landarc 05-12-2013 05:47 PM

you are great, you are handsome, you are talented, and you know what, you are a fine pitmaster, yes you are. you can do it all, and it...or, you mean on how to cook a tri-tip.


First off, I really like to find a good Choice grade tri-tip, and if it has a tail, I tie it back, like this...
Makes for a more consistent cook without the little end getting too dried out.

For a rub, you can use one of the commercial ones, such as The Rub Company Santa Maria, Suzy-Q's Santa Maria, Dave and Barney's or you can throw one together. My basic Santa Maria looks like this:

3 parts kosher salt
2 parts medium grind black pepper, no dust
1 part each granulated garlic and granulated onion
1/2 part ground chile, powder from Ancho is nice
1/2 part dehydrated parsley

Just toss it all together in a shaker. You are good to go. Note that there is no paprika or other unusual spices, the flavor profile is pretty straightforward. Personally, I also add 1/16 to 1/8 part of sugar, not for flavor, as that will not be there. But, chemically, it helps the rub.

As for the fire, a lot depends on your pit and comfort zone. On my Kettle, I normally go indirect, 250F or so, until it temps 120F internal. Then I sear. When I feel like paying attention, or am working on a cooker with an adjustable grate, I prefer direct fire, still in the 250F range. This will cook the same time, but, does not need the sear process, so I cook to 135F internal and am done. I rest for 10-20 minutes, tented in foil. I generally shoot for a product like this...

Note that I don't like the outside to be blackened or charred at all, I prefer a more tender, caramelized surface.

jmoney7269 05-12-2013 05:59 PM

Low and slow till 100 internal with some oak smoke, sear direct on grill grates for a nice char. 2min, rotate, 2 min, flip, 2 min rotate. I ternal should be right around 135 after the rest. Simply amazing. I season my tritips with fajita uptimo by pap and Elmer's.

Blanton 05-12-2013 06:10 PM

I'm a fan of the kosher salt dry brine but also add the garlic at that time to. The salt will pull it into the meat also

mbshop 05-12-2013 08:51 PM

i actually like to coat mine with mustard. then some salt and pepper. maybe some garlic powder. cook indirect till about 125-130 int temp then direct to char things up a bit. no more than about 4 minutes a side and thats just the two main sides.
around here they also cook till done through but thats at much longer cook over coals but at a much farther distance like on a santa maria grill. if done properly this way then its also soft. i do it the first way cuz i have no patiance for the later.

boiler93 05-12-2013 09:08 PM

I marinate in Ibarras teriyaki overnight, give it a quick sear over direct heat, then indirect until she reaches 125-130, let rest 20 minutes and slice thin although I'm going to try the reverse sear on the next one.

landarc 05-12-2013 09:15 PM

A contrarian method, which I have used to good effect when cooking for folks I know like less tender meat (which I know sounds odd, but, actually, many of the farm and ranch folks I know do not like 'pink' meat).

Prepare a marinade of 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing and 1/4 cup BBQ sauce. I like Sweet Baby Ray's. You could also just add some ketchup, molasses and Worcsestershire sauce to make 1/4 cup total. Place tri-tip(s) and sauce into a vacuum bag or ziploc (vacuum sucker is better) and get all of the marinade in touch with the meat. Let sit for 24 to 72 hours.

Get a direct grill hot, to medium, and grill direct until lightly charred on outside and inside is done to temperature. I still like 130F internal, but, when cooking for others, 140F is pulling temperature. Then rest, slice and bask in the glory.

CharredApron 05-12-2013 09:51 PM

When I was in the biz, we used to marinade them in Soy, Garlic Powder, Pineapple Juice, and Ginger. They would live in a hotel pan for nearly 2 weeks, the longer the better for my taste. Then flash them on the char-broiler and rest and slice super thin. Then cook mediums to wells in a skillet with marinate. Of course this was high volume, similar to Chuck's Steakhouse.

BigBlockTank 05-13-2013 02:07 AM

I really appreciate everybody's input on this thread today. I'm going to get another tri-tip and try again, with some of your suggestions.

I'm not real big on soy or teriaki, unless it's Asian-Pacific I'm after, but I can tell y'all are some really good Que Masters!!!

Thanks again, I've enough nerve now to try again!!!

BigBellyBBQ 05-13-2013 05:25 AM

the first landarc post is the way to go!!! skip all the special marinades....

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