This tri-tip is simply rubbed with salt, pepper, and garlic salt before being seared over a hot grill and then finished on a cooler part of the grill. Since the tri-tip is a very lean piece of beef be careful not to overcook it.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
- 1 tri-tip beef roast (about 2 lbs.)
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- Trim any excess fat or silver skin from the roast.
- In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Rub the spice mixture all over the tri-tip. Let it sit at least 30 minutes and up to overnight if you keep it covered and chilled.
- Heat a charcoal or gas grill to high heat (you can hold your hand about an inch over the grate for only 2 or 3 seconds). Place the tri-tip on grill and sear, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Reduce the heat to low or move the roast to a cooler section of the grill and cook until cooked to desired done-ness: 20 to 30 minutes for medium rare (check with an internal meat thermometer, tri-tips are notorious for "feeling" less done than they are when poked).
- Remove the beef, place it on a platter, tent it with foil, and let it sit for at least 10 minutes and up to half an hour before cutting it into thin slices.
Makes about 4 to 6 servings Santa Maria Barbecue Tri-Tip Beef Roast.