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zmhill
12-11-2017, 11:33 AM
Also my first food post on here! Anyway, before anyone yells at me, this tri-tip was cooked to right at the borderline of medium-rare and medium at about 135 IT, as my wife won't won't eat it cooked any less than that. However, I thought it turned out excellent either way and will definitely be making another!

Dry brined it for a few hours, then gave it a light seasoning with my rub that I generally make for beef. Smoked over Jim Beam bourbon barrel oak chips at 250 for about an hour til 120 IT, pulled off and rested 20 minutes while I got my grill hot. Seared at somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 degrees for about 3 minutes on each side.

Thanks for lookin!

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Sooner21
12-11-2017, 11:35 AM
No yelling here - that looks fantastic!

pitbossJB
12-11-2017, 11:43 AM
Nice!

KORND4WG X
12-11-2017, 11:54 AM
In the word of my sister in law ‘it looks too juicy’ :mmph:

Nice! :clap2:

zippy12
12-11-2017, 11:55 AM
Cook A+
knife skills ... hummm

PnkPanther
12-11-2017, 12:58 PM
That looks great!

Evil-g
12-11-2017, 01:09 PM
You nailed it.

zmhill
12-11-2017, 01:58 PM
Cook A+
knife skills ... hummmHahaha! Was wondering if someone would say anything about that. What you saw there was some indecision based on some "oops" moments while realizing the grain changes direction a bit! Probably good for a solid F+ grade there!!

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tenpenny_05
12-11-2017, 02:16 PM
Honestly, I prefer tri-tip closer to medium. It takes a lot of chew out of it for sure.

ssv3
12-11-2017, 02:20 PM
Nothing wrong with that.

mcyork28
12-11-2017, 03:17 PM
I love tri-tip. A generally take a little further than a regular steak.

Smokeymagoo
12-11-2017, 03:39 PM
If no one else wants it ill eat it.

THoey1963
12-11-2017, 05:57 PM
Agree with the above. Look like it was cooked fine. Then you took a dull hatchet to it. <kidding>

As for changing directions, your typical Tri-Tip has three different grains signified by the white lines below. I usually separate it at the black line and then cut across the grains (white lines).

zmhill
12-11-2017, 06:53 PM
Agree with the above. Look like it was cooked fine. Then you took a dull hatchet to it.

As for changing directions, your typical Tri-Tip has three different grains signified by the white lines below. I usually separate it at the black line and then cut across the grains (white lines).

That diagram is very helpful, thanks! Wish I had looked it up before trying to whing it! I actually ended up making the slice down the middle where the black line is. In one of the pics, the straight on side shot was actually the little bit of the first half just pushed up on the separated piece to keep the ends as moist as possible. The second half was definitely sliced better than the first once I sorta figured out the grains (a little late to save the first half completely, as you can tell! Haha).

Here's actually a shot of the separated half propped up. And some broccoli. :)
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wmarkw
12-11-2017, 07:01 PM
Nice cook! I have yet to try this cut but i know its a popular post around here. Does costco or sams carry the tri tip?

aerotech11
12-11-2017, 09:08 PM
Nice cook! I have yet to try this cut but i know its a popular post around here. Does costco or sams carry the tri tip?

Costco does at least here in AZ. It's a great cut.

PlattDaddyBBQ
12-11-2017, 09:53 PM
Nice looking cool, I have been hoping to jump on the tri tip bandwagon very soon!!

bonehead762
12-11-2017, 10:01 PM
Very nice looking tritip. ( Anyone else have trouble with the auto-correct turning “tritip” into “tritium”?)

Tritip is very popular here in CA. Whenever someone in my congregation wants me to cook it’s always tritip. It’s easy and easily impressive to those eating it. :-)

zmhill
12-12-2017, 06:06 AM
Nice cook! I have yet to try this cut but i know its a popular post around here. Does costco or sams carry the tri tip?Not here in NC that I've seen, luckily I have a good butcher pretty close by.

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DRMSMKER
12-12-2017, 09:53 AM
I haven't seen tri tip in my local grocery store. What other name would it go by in my local Kroger/king super/ralphs? Would really like to try this.

zmhill
12-12-2017, 10:17 AM
I haven't seen tri tip in my local grocery store. What other name would it go by in my local Kroger/king super/ralphs? Would really like to try this.I've only ever heard it called tri tip, including at like Peruvian restaurants, as it's a triangular muscle. It's a muscle that's part of or near the sirloin I believe, but no other names to my knowledge.

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Music Junkie
12-12-2017, 10:27 PM
We get them very cheap here in Ventura, CA. They will go on sale for $2.98/lb quite often at Winco. When it isn't on sale, it can go for up to $6.98/lb. One thing I do is trim the fat cap off of the bottom, to remove the silver skin. Then, when I smoke it, I lay the fat cap back on. I let it go at 225 until I reach 125IT (usually over oak and pecan). Then I sear it on the gasser at about 500 for 1.5 min each side. Let it rest and slice against the grain. Many of the folks I know like their meat at least to medium, and some to medium well. That is the beauty of the tri tip. If you cook the fattest part to medium rare, then you get the more well done parts as you move out towards the ends.

Also, on another note, they come out amazing in the crock pot as well. Your favorite seasoning, along with some potatoes and carrots. 5-6hrs on low... Falls apart and is juicy as heck. My wife has a salsa/pepper marinade that she will use when we have tacos, and it makes some fantastic shredded beef tacos.

BlueandGoldBBQ
12-13-2017, 12:05 AM
Never seen it in a crock pot, sacrilegious but I might try it

Stone A
12-13-2017, 06:25 AM
You nailed it!

Robert
12-13-2017, 07:14 AM
Nice cook! I have yet to try this cut but i know its a popular post around here. Does costco or sams carry the tri tip?

We don't have Costco around here, so I can't speak to that. The three Sam's clubs in my area do carry Tri Tip, but for some unexplained reason, they slice it. I have asked why they do that and have been told that it won't sell if left whole. They do the same thing with beef ribs with the same explanation. And for some reason they really don't want to sell a single Tri Tip whole, they want you to buy a whole case. Makes no sense. Last year I did find a couple whole Tri Tip marked down after Christmas and I scooped those up.

Music Junkie
12-13-2017, 04:07 PM
Never seen it in a crock pot, sacrilegious but I might try it

I know, especially on a BBQ site. You can always add your favorite BBQ sauce towards the end and make excellent BBQ beef sandwiches too...:becky:

All that aside, we smoke/grill our 99% of the time.:thumb: