Historically, I haven’t had any success making tri-tip. I’ve found it to be chewy and not enjoyable at all to eat. I’ve seen people making them on the BBQ (our friends have a tri-tip cook off every year at their bar, The Rum Runner on Tropicana and Spencer…shameless plug for my peeps, Tere and Geno Hill), but I decided to “try” something different. I made it in the crockpot.
Wow! I was very pleasantly surprised. It was easy, delicious and most of all, so TENDER. The first time I made it, I made it as a pot roast. I just salt and peppered it and put it in the crockpot with Lipton Onion Soup Mix and a can of mushroom soup. No need to brown beforehand, either. It may a really nice gravy, too. This recipe is great paired with mashed potatoes.
Sunday, Tim wanted to have steak sandwiches for our Super Bowl Party. He brought home two tri-tips from the butcher (not necessary…get them on sale at your local supermarket). I varied the pot roast recipe slightly so it would have more of an au jus. Here it is.
- steak seasoning
- 1 cup of beef broth
- 2 tbs worcestershire sauce
- medium onion, sliced
- swiss cheese slices (or whatever you prefer)
Season the meat on both sides with steak seasoning. Place the meat, fat side up, in the crockpot, and cover with a cup of beef broth and worcestershire sauce. Layer the onion slices on top. Cook on high for 3 hours.
Take the meat out, put it on a plate, and cover it with foil. Let it rest for at least 20 minutes so the juices will redistribute evenly throughout. Now this is the important part, and it applies to all meat – cut it against the grain (not with the lines in the meat). I used an electric knife.
You can serve it with a bowl of au jus on the side, but it really doesn’t even need it. This cut is great, because unlike chuck or rump roast, it stays intact for slicing (instead of coming out stringy and in pieces).
I would bet that when you try this, it will become an easy, versatile meal for lunch or dinner. It’s great for parties and and hearty enough to satisfy even the biggest appetites.