This is a membership forum. As a guest, you can click around a bit. View 5 pages for free. If you would like to participate, please join.

[ Pitmaster Club Information | Join Now | Login | Contact Us ]

There are 4 page views remaining.


No announcement yet.

Tricks to make select grade tri tip more tender

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    I would not worry about the grade. When the USDA grades beef, the only muscle they look at is the Rib Eye. If the Rib Eye is Prime, the rest of the cow is Prime. Same with Choice and Select. So possibly your TT is more marbled than the Rib Eye that came off the same side of beef.

    I'm a California boy and done hundreds of TT's. Not saying my way is the best way. Everybody has their tastes. I use a mop sauce that helps to keep the meat moist. Here's my few tips:
    1. Trim off all surface fat and silver skin;
    2. Dry brine for 24 hours.
    3. Season about an hour before grilling with a salt-free rub of your choice;
    4. I front sear over a hot fire. Char/bark is where all the flavor is and that is what I concentrate on. I grill 3 minutes a side, flip and mop with my mop sauce. Set timer for 3 min. again.
    5. TT's have three sides, so I make sure the third side (that side becomes apparent when you start grilling) is grilled and mopped as well. It usually comes out for me to be 5 - 3 minute turns (2 sides twice and the third side once). If I have the char/bark I want, I move it over to the cool side of the grill, close the grill and finish indirect until I get a temp of abut 130d.
    6. Pour the remaining mop sauce over the TT, tent and bring it in the house to carve.


    • ecowper
      ecowper commented
      Editing a comment
      nothing wrong with that way :-)

    • jitsntricks
      jitsntricks commented
      Editing a comment
      Thanks for the tips! (pun intended)

      Do you know if there's any sort of benefit to front searing over reverse sear? If you front sear and then smoke, isn't that bark preventing smoke from penetrating?

    • TripleB
      TripleB commented
      Editing a comment
      jitsntricks - 1) Front sear vs. reverse sear comes down to personal preference. For steaks and TT, I front sear because I believe the char is more important than the internal temp. Char is where the flavor is. For large roasts I reverse sear. 2) you are correct, if you front sear the bark/char is going to prevent smoke from penetrating. I don't smoke my TTs.
      Last edited by TripleB; July 11, 2021, 11:23 AM.


No announcement yet.
Rubs Promo


These are not ads or paid placements. These are some of our favorite tools and toys.

These are products we have tested, won our top awards, and are highly recommend. Click here to read how we test, about our medals, and what they mean.

Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

A big part of this site is our unbiased equipment and product reviews. We love playing with toys and we have no problem calling them the way we see them. Some companies pay a finder’s fee if a reader clicks a link on AmazingRibs.com and buys a product. It has zero impact on our reviews, zero impact on the price you pay, and the sites never tell us what you bought, but it has a major impact on our ability to keep this site alive! So before you buy, please click our links. Here’s a link that takes you to a page on Amazon that has some of our favorite tools and toys: https://tinyurl.com/amazingribs

Groundbreaking Hybrid Thermometer!

Thermapen One Instant Read Thermometer

The FireBoard Spark is a hybrid combining instant-read capability, a cabled temperature probe, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. We gave Spark a Platinum Medal for pushing the envelope of product capability while maintaining high standards of design and workmanship.

Click here to read our comprehensive Platinum Medal review

Compact Powerful Sear Machine For Your Next Tailgater

Char-Broil’s Grill2Go x200 is a super-portable, fun little sizzler made of heavy, rust-proof cast aluminum. The lid snaps shut. Grab the handle and you’re off to the party! Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared design produces searing heat while reducing fuel consumption. A 16 ounce LP gas canister is enough to keep you flipping burgers for hours.

Click here to read our detailed review and to order

GrillGrates Take Gas Grills To The Infrared†Zone

GrillGrates(TM) amplify heat, prevent flareups, make flipping foods easier, kill hotspots, flip over to make a fine griddle, and can be easily moved from one grill to another. You can even throw wood chips, pellets, or sawdust between the rails and deliver a quick burst of smoke.

Click here for more about what makes these grates so special

Masterbuilt MPS 340/G ThermoTemp XL Propane Smoker

This is the first propane smoker with a thermostat, making this baby foolproof. Set ThermoTemp’s dial from 175° to 350°F and the thermostat inside will adjust the burner just like an indoor kitchen oven. All you need to do is add wood to the tray above the burner to start smokin’.

Click here to read our detailed review

Fireboard: The Ultimate Top Of The Line BBQ Thermometer

Fireboard Labs Product Photo Shoot. Kansas City Commercial Portrait and Wedding Photographers ©Kevin Ashley Photography

With the ability to monitor up to six temperatures simultaneously with either Bluetooth or Wifi on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, Fireboard is the best digital thermometer we’ve tested.
Click here to read our detailed†review

The Pit Barrel Cooker May Be Too Easy

The PBC has a rabid cult following for good reason. It is absolutely positively without a doubt the best bargain on a smoker in the world. Period. This baby will cook circles around the cheap offset sideways barrel smokers because temperature control is so much easier.

Click here to read our detailed review and the raves from people who own them

The Good-One Is A Superb Grill And A Superb Smoker All In One

The Good-One Open Range is dramatically different from a traditional offset smoker. By placing the heat source behind and under the smokebox instead of off to the side, Open Range produces even temperature from left to right, something almost impossible to achieve with a standard barrel shaped offset.

Click here to read our†complete review