Just when you thought you knew everything about beef, it throws you a curve ball.
A deliciously flavorsome cut called tensor fasciae latae. Or to us regular folks, the tri-tip.
The tri-tip gets its name from its triangular shape. It is known to be chewier than tenderloin or strip, however, it is bursting with flavour and doesn't take as long to cook as a brisket. Only around 2 hours!
Like all beef, it is best-served medium rare ! For those of you who have never cooked tri-tip you have to try my smoked tri tip recipe first!
Charlies Hot Tip
Tri tip can be a little hard to get right without the right gear! (I've learnt this the hard way!)I always use traeger tailgater grill, I discovered that is top notch at maintaining the heat and smoke I needed for tri-tip!
Extra-rare / Bleu
80 - 100
26 - 38
120 - 125
49 - 51
130 - 135
55 - 57
140 - 145
60 - 63
150 - 155
65 - 69
160 - 175
71 - 79
There it is, my famous smoked tri tip! Its as simple as that. If your cooking it for a crowd, I would recommend using a faux cambro. This way your guaranteed it will be cooked perfectly, if your guest aren't ready to go!
I also love making this on the weekend so that through the week, me and the kids can have smoked tr tip sandwiches. The meat is even more flavorsome the next day (or the next next if you can wait that long).
Are you a fan of the tri tip? Let me know your favorite way to cook it, even if its not via the smoker!
I get a lot of questions from folks about regarding to how to cook their tri tip in an electric smoker. I would recommend using a pellet smoker as it gives you move control over a longer cook.
If you are really keen to use an electric smoker check out the video below from Donna at Armadillo Pepper
You will more often than not find me tinkering around in my backyard. I will have one hand tightly gripped around a can of beer and the other hand tightly gripped around my spatula. Not so long ago (almost 8 years now) I got obsessed with Grilling, smoking and BBQ-ing. I can't get enough of it.. and neither can my family!
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