I was really surprised that my Kroger (on Coit Road in Richardson [N. Dallas]) actually carried Tri Tips. I asked the real meat man and he took to me right to the Tri Tips on the shelves. I asked if they always carry it and he told generally yes. However if I don't see any, get one of the older cutters and they will know what a real Tri Tips is. And, they will cut one for me. From the various pictures publish on here I can say for sure it was indeed, real Tri Tip. Today they were, $6#, I think. But he told me last week those types of meats were on special for 50% off!!!
Now that I know they are readily available I can wait. Maybe will go on sale again too!! I am having knee replacement surgery tomorrow so it will be a while before I will need them but i"m very anoxious to fix one. I am lusting over the pictures posted of the final results much like a teenage boy might lust over a Penthouse Magazine!
You might try asking one of the older store butchers if he can cut Tri Tips for you.... Younger one's might not have a clue.