I grew up in California, and have eaten my fair share of Tri-Tip. It is good stuff....But I like a good brisket better. The depth of flavor in a well smoked brisket just suits me, and is something Tri-Tip can't compare with.
I will still make Tri-Tip when the mood hits me, but most of the time when I am looking to cook beef that's best medium rare, I will go with a good thick Ribeye.
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