Tri-Tip Barbecue

This incredibly simple recipe is the most popular form of barbecue on the central coast of California. The trademark meat is a thick cut[ called ?tri-tip.? If it is unavailable, use boneless top sirloin or London broil and adjust the cooking time accordingly.]

Total Time:
45 min
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30 min

6 to 8 servings

  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tri-tip steak, about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds

Prepare a fire in a barbecue. When coals are hot, adjust rack so it is about 3 inches from the coals.

Combine the garlic salt, pepper, and salt and rub over the meat. Sear the meat over hot coals for about 6 minutes per side, turning once. Adjust the rack so the meat is farther from coals, about 6 or 8 inches, and continue to cook meat, turning once or twice, until done to your liking, 20 to 30 minutes. Slice meat across grain and serve.

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This was the juiciest and best seasoned steak ever. We used a fresh 1.75lb cut of trip tip and followed the seasoning recipe exactly, but for griling had to keep turning it, so it cooked up to a nice med rare on our outdoor grill with no heat controls. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I marinated the meat overnight. It had wonderful flavor and made the meat very tender and juicy. Its a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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