People rave about my husbands marinated tri-tip appetizer when they come to a party at our house. If you buy it already marinated it is super easy to make and deeeeelicious!
I love when meat has a nice char to it, so I throw this on the grill for about 45 minutes. Searing/charring the meat not only makes it look delicious but it also locks in the juices and flavor. Alternatively, you can throw it in the crock-pot for 1 hr on high however I’m not a big fan of “boiled” meat. I like it to be nice and charred!
Please note that cooking times will vary depending on your grill AND the size of the cut of meat. This recipe was based on a 3.32 lb cut of meat. To be safe you can use a thermometer and check the internal temperature.
Rare: internal temp of 125 degrees
Medium Rare: internal temp of 135 degrees
Medium (this is how I like it!): internal temp of 140 degrees
PRO TIP: Don’t be impatient! Make sure to let it rest for 10-15 minutes before serving! This locks in all the juices!
MAKE YOUR OWN RUB?
You can find the pre-marinated brands at Costco (shown below) or Trader Joe’s. While the pre-marinated is easier to just throw on the grill, sometimes I think they are a bit salty. To control the salt content (or to make sure its gluten-free), you will need to buy a non-marinated tri-tip (in the meat dept) and make your own rub. To do this, mix together a blend of paprika (1 tsp), chili powder 2 tsp), cayenne pepper (1/2 tsp), cumin (2 tsp), sugar (1 tsp), minced garlic (3 tsp), dried onion (1 tsp), salt (1 tsp), and pepper (1 tsp). Lay the meat on a cutting board and coat the meat with the spices (just pat the meat with the spices until it is lightly covered). This will take a little bit of prep time BUT it will be worth it to create the exact flavor you want.
I like to serve this as an appetizer or on top of a salad! Click here to get my marinated tri-tip salad recipe!
a delicious appetizer that your friends and family are sure to love!
- marinated tri tip (for this recipe mine was 3.32 lbs)
light half of the grill burners and heat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
place tri tip on grill directly over lit burner. close cover and cook for 20 minutes.
flip every 10-15 minutes. (when you see it getting charred is a good indication to flip).
after 20 minutes move tri-tip to side of the grill that the burners are NOT lit. close cover and cook for about another 20-25 minutes or until internal temp reaches your preference. 125 degrees for rare, 135 degrees for med rare, 140 degrees for medium.
remove meat from the grill and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice and Enjoy!
You can also try this meat on my marinated tri-tip salad! (click here for the recipe!)