Summer is here and that means it is the perfect time for grilling a tri tip roast. You too can barbeque a tri tip that will make your mouth water. Tri tip is such a perfect cut of meat to feed larger groups and it is very easy to grill if you know the right way.
If you aren't from the West Coast then you may not be familiar with tri-tip. The tri-tip is cut from the bottom sirloin primal cut. It is considered a roast, but in truth it tastes much more like a great steak. That is why it is so popular.
You can prepare a tri-tip in different ways. You may want to marinade it overnight to seal in some great flavor (although tri tip has plenty of flavor on its own). Or you could use a dry rub the moment before you put it on the grill. Try doing a dry rub to start and then ten minutes before you pull it off, baste it with a nice helping of BBQ sauce of your choice. This will make a nice crust on the roast but it will still have that fantastic center flavor.
The right way to cook a tri-tip roast is over in-direct heat at 325 degrees. This is considered slow cooking as the time to cook it varies from 60 to 90 minutes depending on the pounds of the tip. A basic rule of thumb is to cook the tri-tip for approximately 30 minutes for every pound.
Don't grill the tri-tip directly over burning coals. Tri-tips often release plenty of fat grease and these can fall on the hot coals causing flare-ups. Have an ice-cold beer on hand to keep the flames down (and for yourself, you are BBQing, right?).
Tri-tip should be cooked medium-rare to medium, so pull the tri tip roast off when the center of the tip reaches 140 degrees. Whatever you do, do not cover the tri-tip with aluminum foil as this turns the meat grey and you don't get that nice steak-like crust that a tri-tip should have.
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