First, you may be asking what a Tri-Tip Steak is? Well, it gets its name from the shape. It is a triangular cut of beef that comes from the bottom sirloin of the hindquarter of a cow.
Everyone loves a good grilled steak, and a Tri-Tip steak allows you to please a lot of different flavor requests. Why, because of its shape, the tri-tip will have different levels of “Doneness” in the same piece of steak.
So, at your next party, make sure you add this to your menu, you will thank me for it.
Tri-tip is also normally a less expensive cut of beef but it is tender and has a nice rich beefy flavor. I have found that this is carried in most local grocery stores. If not, talk with your local butcher and they can easily get one.
Quick history of a Tri-Tip. This cut first became popular in California in the 1950’s. It is also known as “California’s Cut” or “Santa Maria Steak.” Therefore, it is not surprising that it has become a staple to many BBQs in California.
Here today, we are going to cook this on the Traeger Grill at 300 and cook it until it is rare to Med-rare. We will then be slicing it into thin deli slices for sandwiches and Paninis.
The seasonings that we are using give a good balance of BBQ and Beef flavors.
Set the Traeger to 300 degrees using Traeger Premium Blend Pellets. Place the Tri-Tip on the Traeger and after about 1 hour check the temp. You want to remove the Tri-Tip from the Traeger when the internal temp reaches 130 degrees. (You can pull it at 125, if you want it rarer).
Then loosely wrap in foil and cover with a towel to rest for another 30-minutes. Then slice it up. Remember to only slice it as you serve it. It will retain more moisture that way.
· 1ea – 3-4 lbs Tri-Tip
· Rufus Teague Steak Rub
· The Judge Garlic Pepper
1. Remove the Tri-Tip Steak from the package and pat dry with a paper towel
2. Remove any excess fat and silver skin
3. Apply a Liberal amount of Rufus Teague Steak Rub to the meat and rub it in.
4. Apply a liberal amount of The Judge Garlic Pepper to the meat and rub it in.
5. Rest the Tri-Tip to set the rub. Around 10-15 minutes.
6. Add Premium Blend Pellets or Pecan pellets. Set the Traeger Temp to 300.
7. Place the Tri-Tip in the Traeger.
8. After about 1-hour check the temp.
9. When the Tri-Tip reaches 130, Remove from the Traeger.
10. Loosely wrap in foil and cover with a towel and rest for 30-minutes.