Tri Tip

Discussion in 'Beef' started by lcruzen, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Went to Costco and picked up some tri tips but I'm thinking I may have bought the wrong thing. This meat is cut into strips about 2" wide, 1" think and about 6-8" long. Are these just steaks cut from a tri tip roast that I should have bought? Can I still smoke these with good results or should I treat them as a steak?

  2. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If I understaood you correctly, you have steaks from a TRI TIP. You can smoke them, but I would watch them as they'll cook much faster than a regular TRI TIP roast and you wouldn't want them to dry out. With the roast, you can use a meat probe and track the internal temp. TRI TIP is a west coast favorite and usually smoked as a roast.
  3. Lou,

    I smoked about 25 pounds of those tri-tips last week for a large group. Richoso is correct, they'll cook much faster due to their small size.

    The dry rubbed tri-tips shrank during the smoking process. I used a wet smoker (GOSM Big Block) and the steaks came out very tender (great marbling on this cut). Smoked for four hours around 220*. My only regret was using to much mesquite which produced a very strong flavor. Overall, I would smoke these Costco tri-tips again.

  4. fritz

    fritz Meat Mopper

    Almost sounds like something for fijitas(sp)? Still its a very flavorful cut of meat, can smoke anything but be careful not to dry it out.
  5. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    So, do you think this cut would work well for kabobs? I'll have to ask the next time in Costco if they have a whole roast I can get.

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