Tri-tip is a cut of beef from the sirloin. This flavorful cut comes from the bottom sirloin butt that's relatively tender compared to other cuts. The "tri" in tri-tip refers to "triangle" because the cut is triangular. But there are many ways to cook and serve it…
Tri Tip Roast
A tri-tip roast is pretty easy to execute. Like most roasts, it involves seasoning the meat, slathering it with olive oil, and searing it on high heat to get it browned before letting it cook at a low temperature for a few hours. We have recipes to get your timing, temperatures, and seasonings right.
Santa Maria Tri Tip
You know the term "Santa Maria steak" -- it's the same thing as tri-tip steak but it's rubbed down with salt, black pepper, and fresh garlic or garlic powder before being roasted over red oak wood. It's named for Santa Maria, California where that is the signature bbq style and is referred to as Santa Maria-style.
Grilled Tri Trip
Grilled tri-tip can be seasoned in many different ways. You can marinate it or simply sprinkle it with a dry rub -- whichever tri-tip recipe you use, it's an easy cut of meat for grilling on a charcoal grill or gas grill. Some recipes call for seasoning the meat, wrapping it in plastic overnight and then letting it come up to room temperature before grilling it. That takes a bit more dedication, but you can find recipes that skip that step so the total time isn't overwhelming. The one thing you should know is that doneness is important -- it's best served medium-rare, which means the internal temperature should reach between 130 and 135 degrees Fahrenheit and beef tri-tip should always be sliced against the grain. Some recipes may give you a lower temperature so that the carryover cooking doesn't yield overcooked tri-tip.
Smoked Tri Tip
Smoked tri-tip does require having a smoker, but if you have that, you can add tri-tip to your smoking repertoire. Most smoking recipes will have you season the raw meat with a dry rub before smoking it at a low temperature for two hours or so. After it's smoked, recipes will then have you sear the meat before slicing and serving. It's all very easy to do and there are dozens of recipes to explore with Yummly.
Oven Tri Tip
If you don't have a grill or a smoker, you can cook tri-tip in the oven. If you want something that's easy and cooks quickly, this might be the type of recipe you're looking for. You'll still season it and sear it, but the oven temperature is typically high so it only takes about 15 minutes to cook and another ten minutes to let the meat rest.
Chimichurri Tri Tip
Sauce is often served on tri-tip. While chimichurri is usually served with skirt steak, it can be used to dress up tri-tip as well. Chimichurri is a sauce made up of olive oil, parsley, garlic cloves, and other spices, but you can serve tri-tip with regular barbecue sauce, chipotle-whiskey sauce, even avocado.
Sous Vide Tri Tip
If you are afraid of overcooking your tri-tip, you can always take the sous vide route. All you do is stick it in a special plastic bag with seasonings or marinade, and stick in the cooker. It can take from 90 minutes to four hours to cook but it will only cook it to the exact temperature you want so there's no chance of under- or over-cooking it. When it's done, some recipes say to sear it in a castiron skillet to brown it, but there are several methods to choose from.
Slow Cooker Tri Tip
Tri-tip is best served medium-rare so the slow cooker isn't the best cooking method for it. However, if done right, it shreds quite nicely for tacos, a tri-tip dip Bahn mi, or to top a salad.
However you like to eat your tri-tip, Yummly has hundreds of recipes to guide you through making the perfect meal.