First Tri Tip

Discussion in 'Beef' started by jvanderr, Sep 19, 2017.

  1. Sunday afternoon I tried my first tri tip and did it on the charcoal grill.  I got a little information and advice from dirtsailor2003 and I think it was a success.  The family wasn't sure what to expect and kept asking what it was, but the results speak for themselves.  They loved it.  

    Here's the bare roast and me trying to indicate the grain change in direction.  The KEY to slicing and getting a tender cut.

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    I seasoned with Worcestershire, salt, pepper, onion, and garlic.  KISS

    Seared it on both sides over direct heat and then moved it off the coals, shut the lid, and cooled the grill temp a bit.  Using my TP-20 I was aiming for an internal temp of 133 as the trigger to pull it off the grill.

    Worked perfectly.  Here's the tri as I pulled it off to cool and collect the juices for 30 minutes.

    And the finished product (minus a few pre-meal samples)  Turned out absolutely great.  We will be doing more of these.  This cut is hard to find here in northern Indiana, but my local grocer happened to have them stocked and on sale this week.  I bought 2, cooked this one and froze the other for another time.  Thanks dirtsailor2003 for the advice.

  2. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice work on your first tip! They get addicting just because they are so easy to do and have just a wonderful beef flavor!
  3. Thanks.  It was super easy and the family liked it just as much as a good steak.  
  4. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That looks great to me Points for you

  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great looking Tri tip!

    They are hard to find down here in Florida too.

    Our local grocery store will order them if you ask.

    But you never see them on sale.

  6. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Fanatic

    Their not very common up here either, and if you can find them they're expensive as heck. Great job on your first.

  7. ammaturesmoker

    ammaturesmoker Smoking Fanatic

    why are they so expensive where you live?.....they are part of the top's usually throw away meat for hamburger. Someone is getting ripped off here. If it's nastalga popularity that drives price, call bullshit to your butcher!!!
  8. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like a Point worthy Tri Tip! It's definitely our favorite cut of beef.

    Nice smoke!
  9. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Fanatic

    There just not that common and for some reason when they are available they're expensive. Everything is expensive here in VT. That's why people are moving out. The last one I saw was in a local supermarket and it was close to 20.00 for one a little larger then a porterhouse. The porterhouse was 5.00 cheaper. Can't explain it

  10. ammaturesmoker

    ammaturesmoker Smoking Fanatic

    If you have Porterhouses going cheaper than Tri-tip, I wanna live there!!!
  11. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Smoking Fanatic

    Great people, beautiful landscapes, low wages and very expensive. For some reason T-bones, rib-eyes and porterhouse are on sale bi-weekly. Ground beef(85-15) is about 14.00 dollars for 3lbs. porterhouse/T-bone about an 1.25 to 1.5 inches thick about 13.00 +/-  per steak. I just bought 3 beef short-ribs for 12.00 because I've seen so many threads on them and they looked good. Just had to try them since I hardly ever see them. I don't know if thats a good price or not. I wanted to try the try-tip, but was unwilling to pay 20.00. 

  12. This one was 5.99 per lb.
  13. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's a decent price for non-bulk.

    Here in the grocery stores Tri tionis $7.99-$12.99 per pound. At our restaurant supply buying in bulk (20-30) pounds it's currently $3.79 per pound.

    A porterhouse steak in the grocery is $17.99 per pound...

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