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Speedy’s Grilled Tri-Tip

Santa Maria-style California BBQ featuring grilled tri-tip

My parents really love my husband. He has made me, their favorite daughter, very happy, and has given them beautiful and charming grandchildren. But I’m pretty sure the #1 reason my parents love him so much is that he makes a mean tri-tip. It is probably the most-requested dinner at family gatherings; we’ve actually had it two separate times in the past week by request! He seasons it well, cooks it low and slow, and slices it thin. It is absolute perfection every time. We like it served with potatoes and green beans for a sit-down dinner, or topped with salsa and served on a crusty roll for an eat-wherever-you-can backyard barbecue. And my dad’s personal favorite is to eat it cold, straight out of the fridge, as a little after-breakfast treat!

Santa Maria-style California BBQ featuring grilled tri-tip

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An old family recipe from my husband.
Serves: 8 servings
  • a 2.5-ish lb tri-tip roast
  • lemon pepper
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • garlic salt
  1. Lay the tri-tip roast on a baking sheet and season both sides liberally with lemon pepper, Montreal Steak Seasoning, and garlic salt. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Place tri-tip on a grill over low flame with the cover down for 15 minutes, then flip, cover, and continue cooking to the desired level of doneness. Ours is usually medium. You can use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature; 145°F for medium-rare, 155°F for medium, and 165°F for medium-well. Remove the tri-tip from the grill, place on a clean cutting board, and cover with foil. Allow to rest for 15 minutes before slicing thin and serving.

4 thoughts on “Speedy’s Grilled Tri-Tip

  1. When I first moved to Portland, I bought tri tip from the ready made section at Whole Foods and it was divine. It made for an even better sandwich. But it was never to be found again, so I’m thrilled to see this recipe here, with such detailed instructions. Next time we’re grilling at the in-laws, I’m making this (and taking the leftovers home for a midnight snack). And in case you’re interested, the sandwich was: a pan grilled bun, tri tip, a slice of cheese, and tonkatsu sauce. Sounds weird; tastes heavenly.

  2. Oh Yeah!! That Montreal Steak Seasoning is ADDICTIVE. I can see why your family wants to eat it all the time. I use that seasoning on my salads. I am so addicted and can’t wait to make this the ways you mention. Thanks for sharing.

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