Juicy grilled tri tip finished with an easy homemade bourbon BBQ sauce.
I don't know who the star of this post is, should it be the juicy grilled tri tip steak with the crusty charred outer layer, or the slightly sweet and tangy bbq sauce made with bourbon and Coke? I suck at making decisions so I'm just calling this a twofer! Yup, I'm throwing two recipes at you for the price of one (even though every recipe is free for you guys!).You can make the tri tip and the bbq sauce together or cook the tri tip dry rub style and maybe smoke some brisket another day and slather it with this tasty homemade sauce. Skip the store-bought bottle and start customizing your own bbq sauce, it's so easy and I swear you'll taste the difference.
How should I prepare my grilled tri tip
Tri tip is a cut from the base of the sirloin and can be tricky to butcher. Because of this it usually ended up ground or chopped for stews. It's a traditional and iconic Californian cut of meat and can be difficult to find in other states without special ordering. Thankfully I can find it in abundance here in any of my local stores and it's always well priced. Tri tip doesn't need much except a sprinkle with a good quality bbq rub but before you add the rub, make sure to rub it all over with some mustard. The mustard will help the rub stay on the meat.
Cooking my tri tip
Make sure you know your grills hot spot and lay the tri tip directly on it. Leave it for about 5 minutes to let it get a good sear to seal in the juices. Flip it over and grill for another 5 minutes, then move it slightly away from the direct heat and keep cooking for a total of about 25 minutes depending on the size of the steak. This should make your steak somewhere between medium-medium rare. Give it a good prod with your finger or some tongs, It should feel slightly firm and no longer spongy.
How do I serve my grilled tri tip?
A really important part of cooking any meat is to let it rest after it's done. This ensures that the fibers have time to relax and keep a lot of the juice in the meat. Let the steak sit on a plate covered loosely with some aluminum foil for about 10 minutes. You'll see after a few minutes juice forming around the steak, keep this for later! You're almost ready to eat this amazing and juicy piece of meat but you still have to slice it. Find yourself a sharp serrated knife and slice across the grain. That means if you look closely at your grilled tri tip, you'll see faint lines all running one way, so you need to cut across these lines and not in the same direction they're running. This will make the fibers shorter in length and easier to chew...like butter!
Once your whole trip tip is sliced, you can spoon some of the juice from earlier over it and add a brush of the bbq sauce as well. I served my grilled tri tip on small slider buns but you can add it to so many things like salads or just eat it as is with some extra sauce on the side! Let me know if tri tip steak is something you're familiar with and what your favorite cook method is. Tag me @foodnessgracious so I can see what you're cooking! Looking for more easy recipes? Try the dinner idea for buttermilk dressing.