Monday, October 15, 2012
California Barbecue Virginia Style - Tri-Tip
There is a triangular cut of beef from the tip of the sirloin called appropriately enough "tri-tip." It was made popular in California starting sometime in the late 1950's. Before that time, it was just another lean cut of beef ground up and made into hamburger.
Nowadays, it is a specialty of the Santa Maria area of California and for good reason. Cooked properly, it is a delicious cut of beef. For obvious reasons, there are only two tri-tip roasts per cow. Therefore, it can be difficult to find in many area local grocery stores. Ask your local butcher shop if you can't find it and I bet they can help you out.
Here is a great way to cook a delicious tri-tip roast.
Notice how far the meat is away from the heat source. I'm not grilling it; I'm barbecuing it at this point.
The cooking temp was about 300 degrees Fahrenheit using indirect heat.
Once the meat reached an internal temperature of about 127 - 130 degrees, I moved the meat directly over the coals just long enough to get a nice sear on both sides.
After searing it, let the meat rest for about 10 to 20 minutes then slice it into thin slices against the grain and serve. It's good sliced or on sandwiches.
Here is a delicious tri-tip slider with cheese, grilled peppers and onions.