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My 3rd Tri Tip ever. Really digging this cut.

Discussion in 'Beef' started by xray, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    This is only my third time making tri tip and I must say, I really have been enjoying them! Only two left in the freezer, need to order more soon.

    This is also the first time my wife got to try a reverse seared tri tip, the first two times, she wasn’t around...snooze and you lose.

    Here’s my other ones:



    For today’s smoke, the tri tip is was seasoned with SPOG plus a light mix of ancho and pasilla dried chile powder and a touch of rosemary to tie in the meat with the Italian grilled mushrooms and Caprese salad.

    Tri tip was smoked at 220 with a mix of hickory and cherry pellets. Since this was a thin roast (my thinnest one yet) it only took about 45 minutes to reach 125F IT. I then grilled it to a final IT of 133F in its thickest point.


    The mushrooms were lightly coated with olive oil and then sprinkled with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Once they were close to being finished, I brushed with melted butter, cooked a few minutes longer and then squeezed fresh lemon juice on them and pulled them off the grill.

    I also served a caprese salad on the side: sliced tomatoes and mozzarella, fresh chopped basil and a balsamic reduction drizzled over the top.

    Here’s dinner!

    Easy, simple, light...and delicious. Wife approved.

    Thanks for looking,

    Xray (Joe)
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  2. chilerelleno

    chilerelleno Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Beautiful Plate!
    That Tri-tip looks like perfection.
    But I want some of that Caprese salad most of all.
    kenzmad22 and There it is like this.
  3. There it is

    There it is Fire Starter

    Been wanting to try one of those for awhile. Now you've planted the seed hopefully it will grow into my memory.

    5GRILLZNTN Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Wow! Great looking plate!
  5. Smoke23

    Smoke23 Smoking Fanatic

    Fantastic looking meal!
  6. bworthy

    bworthy Meat Mopper

    Looks like like you nailed it!
  7. kenzmad22

    kenzmad22 Newbie

    I’m with Chile, the plate looks fantastic but the caprese looks amazing! Cant wait til the tomatoes start growing here.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2019
  8. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Joe great job on that TT. I still haven't had the TT experience - too dang expensive around here when you can find them.

    Point for sure
  9. weev

    weev Smoking Fanatic ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Wow a meal fit for a king Looks Great!!
  10. uncle eddie

    uncle eddie Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks about perfect...LIKE!
  11. PAS

    PAS Meat Mopper

    Everything looks great. I have Tri Tip in the freezer. Was shocked at the price $9.99 a lb.
  12. SmokinVOLfan

    SmokinVOLfan Master of the Pit

    Great looking meal man! Cant find tri-tip around here and if you do its crazy expensive.
  13. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice smoke!! Looks like you hit that one prefect.
    I have been enjoying some Tri Tip myself. $8.99lb here a whole Tri Tip is around 2 - 2 1/2 lbs.
  14. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    Thank you guys! Yeah I can’t stand eating tomatoes during the winter when they’re bland and blah...

    My relatives run a farm so I’m always in supply of fresh tomatoes. When they’re in season I pretty much eat nothing but tomato sandwiches, cucumber tomato salad and Caprese salad (starting to sound like Bubba Gump here)

    I have potted basil that is growing like crazy, so I made the salad for my dish. The salad is also good served over grilled portobello mushroom caps.
  15. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    Thank you guys! I hope you enjoyed looking at it as much as I enjoyed eating it. Leftovers will be TT tacos for lunch here in a bit.
  16. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    Thanks for the point, Chris. My Wegmans keeps them in stock at $13 a lb...they could keep ‘em for that price.

    I called an area butcher back in February and he said he would order a case. $6 a lb or $5 a lb if I bought the whole case. A whole case was something like 200-300$....but he was cool piecing them out to me. I basically told him “here’s $80, give me as much as you can.”

    I’m thinking of going into thirds with my brothers and then dividing them up.
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  17. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    Thank you PAS, get yours cooked up!

    See above response to Chris. Yeah I don’t think I would pay much more than $7 a lb for them, especially when others get them dirt cheap. The first one I ever bought was 13$ a lb...but it was bachelor week and I ate that thing for a few days.
  18. gmc2003

    gmc2003 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I'll have to try that route. I have an old high school friend whose family runs a meat market in Burlington. Maybe he'll cut me a similar deal. Can't hurt asking.

  19. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    Thanks guys for the compliments, it would be nice if they were cheaper, that way they could be enjoyed by more people.
  20. xray

    xray Master of the Pit

    Yeah definitely, see what happens.

    This butcher already ordered a case when I inquired about price and availability. He called me and told me they were here.

    I told him I felt bad and he didn’t have to order a case if I only wanted a few TT’s out of it.

    He told me he would display the rest or grind them if he had to. He was also very curious about cooking them, I explained smoking them with a reverse sear.....so maybe he ordered them to satisfy his own curiosity as well.