Tri-Tip Marinade

"It's our favorite marinade for tri-tip. The original recipe is from the Food Network site, but I've changed it so much that I claim it as my own :) It's SO tender and flavorful!! Marinate for at least 6 hours or over night. This is enough marinade for a 2-3 lb. tri-tip."
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  • Combine all ingredients except tri-tip in a zip-lock bag.
  • Add tri-tip and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours.
  • We grill ours slowly over coals is best, but gas is fine. We will be smoking it this summer too.

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  1. We've used this marinate several times and it has a great flavor. One thing I added to it was 2 TB of apple cider vinegar. Think I'd heard somewhere that vinegar is a tenderizer, it seems to add a little extra yumminess:}
  2. Oh..and I've never used the Kitchen Bouquet seasoning, I always use brown gravy mix instead (just the powder) and it works great.
  3. This is an excellant marinade and I will definately use it again. It has the most wonerful flavor. Thank you:)
  4. This was amazing! Best tri tip ever!
  5. This is a great tri-tip marinade! Not sure how long ago I found this recipe while searching for gluten-free options (Food website does not retain publish date), but I believe it’s at least 10 years ago when the recipe hit my repertoire. As most are want to do, I made slight adjustments: first, I use gluten-free soy sauce and eliminate the salt - which balances the salt aspect. Here’s the kicker from my perspective: after buying a Costco bag-o-tri-tip, I split the tri-tip into three or four freezer bags, and place two tri-tips in each bag. The marinade is mixed in a blender, then poured into each bag dividing evenly. Squeeze out the air and place carefully in the freezer. When we want tri-tip I place a bag in the fridge a day or so before grilling to allow a safe and adequate defrost. Heat the grill to 700 degrees;,turn off one side of the grill; sear each side of steaks about a minute each; place the steaks on the side with burners off, maintain grill at 250 degrees: check internal temp 135; remove from grill and rest for ten minutes minimum. Perfect every time no matter what size of tri-tip used. Thank you for the inspiration!



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