How About Another Round of Tri-Tip?

OK so actually, Tri-Tip is sirloin, not round, LOL. I’m past due for another cooking post however, and I finally managed to find a tri-tip out here. That alone took an act of God. I had no idea when I moved that Tennessee was full of BBQ Philistines who didn’t know what Tri-Tip was, LOL.

These also came pre-marinated, which I didn’t care for, but it was a case of beggars can’t be choosers.

Meat Buying Tip: Do NOT buy the dry pre-seasoned meats from the local grocery store (or Costco). They use the old, nearly expired pieces to make those, and let the spices piled on them cover up that the meat is turning color. Pre-packaged marinade cuts of meat tend to be lower quality as well.

Anyhow, I managed to turn this one into a solid success:

Add in some side dishes and we had a great meal:

One problem with marinading meats shows in the slices above. It’s clearly tender, but the marinade blocked much of the smoke flavor from getting into the meat. The smoke ring is faint, and not very deep.

36 thoughts on “How About Another Round of Tri-Tip?

            1. The Hinoeuma

              She’s not kidding. I lived in Texas for a decade. Their brisket (BBQ) is a religious experience. They DO have pulled pork but, you have to be in the Northeast corner, towards Arkansas to get it.

              Now, which NC BBQ do you like? Eastern or Western? I was raised in the Piedmont so, I’ve gotten a mix of both.

              Oh, yeah, and Texans are peculiar about their hotdogs, too. I grew up with a hotdog “all the way” being mustard, onions, chili and slaw. Ever heard of Zack’s in Burlington? Anyway, you put slaw on a hotdog in Texas and you will get funny looks.

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              1. Silk Cords Post author

                Actually the funniest dang fight I ever saw on a BBQ forum was Texans fighting over the “blasphemy” that is beans in chili, ROFL.

                I hadda throw a bomb and posted that chili without beans is hot dog gravy 😀 😀 😀

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              2. writefunnydramatrue

                Ha! So many culinary nuances. How fun! I’m not familiar with Zack’s but love me some slaw on hot dogs.

                I completely agree with you. I LOVE brisket!! My uncle owns a BBQ restaurant where brisket is on the menu. Brisket is BBQ, we just don’t call it that. Hinoeuma, I like Lexington BBQ best because it’s the one I’m closer to. My uncle does western style, but he lives in the west. However, my favorite BBQ experience I’ve ever had was a pig-pickin’ in the west.

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      Gods NO! We’ve had fairly good luck with the frozen stuff that you microwave and it steams in it’s own bag. Fresh veggies are surprisingly hit and miss around here. We’ll start our own garden once we get a place of our own though.

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      1. The Hinoeuma

        Microwaves. Eek. I’ve haven’t used one of those things in…GAH….fifteen years? I wouldn’t have one.

        You can’t find any organic produce anywhere? No farmers’ markets? Eighty percent of what I eat is either grown or raised withing a 20 mile radius.

        Are you close to finding your own place?

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  1. Beck

    Tennessee and BBQ! 😂
    I’m from TN and I hate BBQ even though it’s celebrated widely… particularly in the area I’m from.
    Partner’s is the name of a supposedly famous BBQ joint a stones throw away from where I was born. I say famous— that was how the locals described it. BUT… you really can’t trust the locals! 😂
    I have never heard of Tri-Tip. So I kind of just proved your post true. 😃

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    1. Silk Cords Post author

      You just haven’t had MY BBQ, lol.

      I know what you mean though. You’d think in a state famous for Memphis style ribs, good BBQ would be easy to find. Slick Pig is the closest super popular one here. Slick it ain’t! The ribs were all fat and I got sick off of them, and the chicken wings had hair on them and not a little. Not to mention the kitchen staff was violating several health codes and the mask rules.

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