3 Step Tri Tip Marinade

Are you looking for a delicious yet simple marinade for your tri-tip? While this sort of steak isn’t as popular as rib eye or strip steak, it’s still a delicious cut that’s tender and flavorful. 

However, It’s crucial to marinate your beef tri-tip correctly. Not only does how you season it affect how it tastes, but it also aids in tenderizing it.

So follow my steps below, and you’ll turn out to be a pitmaster-worthy tri-tip!

Learn My Two Methods for Marinating Tri-Tip Steak

This article’ll teach two ways to marinate your tri-tip steak.

The first recipe is for a scrumptious Santa Maria marinade that’s quite simple to make.

We also have a great sesame and ginger marinade that incorporates a bit more of an Asian twist to this cut of meat.

This a piece of tri-tip I marinaded vs a cut of tri tip not marinaded

How Long to Marinate a Tri-Tip

You should marinate your tri-tip for at least 2 hours and overnight. However, you don’t want to marinate for more than 14 hours as the connective tissue can break down, and the meat can become soft.

What You Need for The Santa Maria Marinade

  • A tablespoon of kosher salt
  • A tablespoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary — you can also always use fresh rosemary and simply finely chop them with a knife
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper — but you can substitute this with chili powder or Chipotle chili powder if you don’t have cayenne pepper on hand
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • A tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

How to Make a Santa Maria Tri-Tip Marinade

Step 1

Pour all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix it all until it’s fully combined. 

Step 2

Apply a binder like mustard or oil, sprinkle the dry rub or marinade over the steak, and rub it into the meat.

You want to ensure that the marinade covers all sides of the cuts of meat. Place the tri-tip in a sealable 1-gallon freezer bag or airtight container, and then add the marinade.

Step 3

Massage the marinade all over the tri-tip with your hands, remove excess air from the bag, and seal it securely, ensuring it coats the meat.

Massage the marinade all over the tri-tip with your hands, remove excess air from the bag, and seal it securely, ensuring it coats the meat. Refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours, ideally 8-24 hours.

This will allow the flavorful marinade to penetrate the cut of beef.

 Try This Ginger and Sesame Marinade Recipe

For this recipe, follow the steps above, except this marinade doesn’t have a dry rub.

This marinade recipe is for a 3 lbs tri-tip roast, and you will need;

  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp dried minced onion
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ cup vegetable oil

(You can also add in a little tiny squeeze of lemon juice for that extra kick)

Tri Tip Marinade

Charlie
Want an easy yet delicious marinade for your tri tip?
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Barbecue, bbq
Servings 8 serving
Calories 102 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • A tablespoon of kosher salt
  • A tablespoon of ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary — you can also always use fresh rosemary and simply finely chop them with a knife
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper — but you can substitute this with chili powder or Chipotle chili powder if you don’t have cayenne pepper on hand
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • A tablespoon of dried oregano
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Pour all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix it all until it’s fully combined.
  • Apply a binder like mustard or oil, then sprinkle the dry rub or marinade over the steak and then proceed to rub it into the meat.
  • You want to make sure that it’s covering all sides of the cuts of meat. Place the tri-tip in a sealable 1-gallon freezer bag or airtight container, and then add the marinade.
  • Massage the marinade all over the tri-tip with your hands, remove excess air from the bag, and seal it securely, ensuring the marinade coats the meat.
  • Massage the marinade all over the tri-tip with your hands, remove excess air from the bag, and seal it securely, ensuring the marinade coats the meat. Refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours, ideally 8-24 hours.
  • This will allow the flavorful marinade to really penetrate the cut of beef.
Keyword marinade, Tri Tip

Got Leftover Tri Tip?

Leftovers are the best part of cooking! Here are some of the best ways to use your leftover tri-tip. My favorite is the sandwiches!

smoked-tri-tip-sandwich

We hope you learned a little bit more about trip-tip steak and how to marinate it in various ways. While these aren’t the only marinade recipes available, we like them because our extremely picky friend even approved them.

Smoke On!

Charlie

Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!

You can read more about me on our About Us page.

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1 thought on “3 Step Tri Tip Marinade”

  1. 5 stars
    Hey Charlie,
    I tried your marinade for a tri-tip and loved it!!
    I love the zesty ginger in your second recipe! We ended up smoking the tri tip and it came out so good!

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