V's Tri-Tip Marinade

"This is IT! Family favorite... :) In my family we eat this at least once a week. Makes a nice Sunday dinner. I prepare the marinade on Saturday and let it sit until we're ready to BBQ on Sunday. I was absolutely honored when Bobby Flay did a show with this recipe slightly modified of course! Easy....Delicious and the most tender flavor you'll never expect Prep time does not include time to marinade. The longer .... the better If you like a melt in your mouth Tri-tip this is how I make it."
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  • Mix all of the ingredients except for the beef in a large mixing bowl to make the marinade. Place trimmed tri-tips in a plastic container and pour the marinade over. Let stand in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours Heat grill to medium temperature.
  • Place tri-tips on grill at a 45 degree angle to establish grill marks and cook about 35 minutes, or until cooked to desired doneness. Remove the tri-tips from the grill and let rest about 2 to 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with your favorite side dishes.

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  1. I was skeptical about this recipe--so many positive reviews, yet salt amounts seemed incorrect. Since few reviewers mentioned a salty aftertaste, I tried it too. On the plus side, the meat turns out very tender and juicy. On the negative side, there is a DEFINITE salty flavor, almost to the overwhelming point. No one even suspected I tried a new recipe until they took that first bite, and it was followed up with, "this is awfully salty." So it's not just me! I looked up the other similar recipe mentioned by another reviewer to see if salt amounts were comparable--Deane Carr's from Food Network.com. No salt in that version, but she uses 1/2 C garlic salt instead! This might be a delicious marinade, but only if you really, really like salt.
  2. Too salty. Look at the ingredients. Soy sauce has tons of salt. Other herbs are salted. Then you are asked to add salt. Tri tip came out tasting like soft salty jerky. I don't want to be too mean to the chef but us beginners really trust these recipes. Guess I'm on a learning curve. Oh, and I have a high salt tolerance. So, for me to say it's salty.....it's salty.
  3. Sub the onion salt for onion powder and it's a 5 Star! My family loves it and we've tried every Tri-tip marinade out there, this one's a keeper!
  4. Marinated Tri-Tips for3 Days, they came out sooo o great
  5. So here it is, the recipe that my husband says allowed me to make the best meat he has ever eaten. It was sooo moist and tender and delicious. I saw that someone said it had a really salty taste to it, but we didn't think so at all. Definitely worth trying, you'll never have to try any other again.


  1. Less salt. No fake lemon pepper salt.
  2. We LOVED the flavor of this marinade. Actually thought I had defrosted some tri - tip when I chose this recipe, but it turned out to be a flank steak. Everything still turned out great! Very tender and juicy. I marinated overnight substituting the lemon juice for apple cider vinegar.
  3. This is going to be my new go-to steak marinade! Used it on tri-tip steak and marinated for about 3 hours, would have done longer if time permitted. Still had wonderful flavor throughout and very tender. I followed the recipe but added some Lawry's because I used onion powder instead of onion salt and a little rosemary. Grilled the steak and served with grilled potatoes and onions! Yummy!!!
  4. I cannot comment on the cooking instructions because my DH did his thing on the grill, but the marinade was really, really good. We liked that it wasn't too asian tasting like some other tri-tip recipes we have tried. The first time I made it I was out of sugar so I used honey instead. Worked out fine. This time we added some bourbon to it. I used fresh onion and about 4 cloves of fresh garlic but otherwise made as directed. YUM!


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