Top 10 Tri-Tip Recipes

The Tri-Tip, whether roast or steak, has grown from a little know California cut of beef to a popular piece of meat, showing up in stores across the country and more and more, around the world. Tri-Tip isn't the most tender cut, but the fine distribution of fat can make it flavorful and juicy if you cooking it (think grill) right.

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    Grilled Tri-Tip Roast
    Grilled Tri-Tip Roast. Annabelle Breakey/Getty Images

    This simple beef tri-tip roast is perfect for many uses. Grill it up, low and slow, and serve it as it is, or cut it up for fajitas, tacos, enchiladas or anything else that calls for a flavorful meat.

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    Santa Maria Tri-Tip
    Santa Maria Tri-Tip. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ Inc.

    Santa Maria Barbecue is an old traditional cookout from the Santa Maria Valley in Southern California dating back to the mid-19th century. This delicious grilled beef is served with salsa, pinquito beans, and a green salad. The meat is either top sirloin or beef tri-tip. 

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    Simple Grilled Tri-Tip Steak
    Simple Grilled Tri-Tip Steak. Annabelle Breakey/Getty Images

    This simple Tri-Tip Steak recipe uses a powerful marinade to keep the meat tender and a hot and fast trip over the grill to get it cooked.

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    Seseame-Ginger Steak
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    Use a Tri-Tip steak or roast for this recipe and adjust the cooking time accordingly. The great Asian flavors in this marinade will really make a great meal.

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    Smoked Tri Tip Roast
    Smoked Tri Tip Roast. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    This is the smoker version of a traditional Santa Maria Tri-Tip or Santa Maria Barbecue. Usually, this Tri-Tip Roast is cooked over a live fire on a grill but works great for the smoker. Using the smoker is going to give you a better smoke flavor but won't give you a seared surface.

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    Spice Rubbed Tri-Tip Roast
    Spice Rubbed Tri-Tip Roast. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    This rotisserie tri-tip roast has a great slow cooked flavor. The spice rub adds a rich southwestern touch. This dish would go well with grilled vegetable kebabs or grilled potatoes.

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    Southwestern Tri-Tip Steak
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    Loaded with cilantro and lime, this tri-tip steak is marinated in beer, wine and lots of flavor. Choose a dark beer for a richer flavor and add more pepper flakes to heat it up.

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    Asian Marinated Tri-Tip Roast
    Asian Marinated Tri-Tip Roast. Debbie Smirnoff/Getty Images

    Spicy, savory, and simply magnificent. This tri-tip roast is definitely a crowd pleaser. The marinade serves two purposes by first, seasoning the meat prior to grilling and finally, brought to a boil and thickened with cornstarch forming a delectable serving sauce for the finished product. While this recipe calls for tri-tip roast, you can easily substitute with flank steak, yielding the same fantastic result. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time.

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    Grilled Espresso Tri-Tips
    Grilled Espresso Tri-Tips. Ray Kachatorian/Getty Images

    Don't be afraid to use coffee as a seasoning or in a marinade. The flavor really isn't that strong and it will help to enhance the flavor of the steak.

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    Grilled Cognac Beef Kebabs
    Grilled Cognac Beef Kebabs. David Loiselle/Getty Images

    This is a simple Mediterranean style kebab recipe is perfect for beef Tri-Tip. Buy the strips (sometimes labeled as steaks) and cut into cubes. The marbling of this cut makes it fantastic for kebabs.