Tequila Lime Tri Tip

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Item 1. It’s getting warmer. Which means I am out in the sunshine more often than not. This makes for a happy Nikki.

Item 2. Last night I had the BEST Grilled Tri Tip of my life. Check it.

Everyone has their own take on the ideal way to grill. I have a couple of things that I like to do from a health and taste perspective.

*I like to rotate the meat a couple of times during grilling. This way, the grill marks don’t become too charred. Charring meat, while it adds a desired flavor for some, is an easy way to consume a bunch of cancer-causing chemicals. Charring creates free radicals. Those are bad. Don’t eat them. And check out this post by the truly incredible Robb Wolf.

*I leave the meat out of the refrigerator for a while before cooking. When you put freezing cold meat over heat, you can end up cooking the outside faster than you can heat the meat internally. This leads to over-cooking and an inferior taste.

*Let the meat rest after cooking. This means no probing, poking, slicing or squeezing. Just let it lie. Slice it after a bit of downtime.

Here’s the progression in pictures for all you visual learners:

Tequila Lime Tri Tip

the juice of 2 limes, **save the lime halves for marinade bag
large handful of cilantro
1/4 c. olive oil
2 Tbsp. coconut aminos or gluten-free soy sauce
1/4 c. tequila
4 large garlic cloves
2 tsp. cumin
1 1/2 tsp. mexican oregano
Ground pepper
Sea Salt

2-3 lb. grass-fed tri tip

  1. In a blender, combine all marinade ingredients.
  2. In a large bag, pour marinade over tri tip roast and add the lime halves.
  3. Let marinate over night or for at least 2 hours.
  4. Remove meat from refrigerator for at least 20 mins before cooking. You want your steak to lose some of the chill of the fridge before you put it over heat.
  5. Heat up your grill in the meantime.
  6. Once the grill is hot, put the tri tip on and let it cook for about 10 mins. Save the rest of the marinade in the bag… see Pro-tip below.
  7. After the first 10 mins, rotate the roast 90 degrees ON THE SAME SIDE. Don’t flip it, just change it’s sitting position. Try not to move the meat a lot.
  8. After another 5-10 mins, flip it over to the other side,let it cook for 10 mins.
  9. Rotate it again on this side for the criss-cross marks (you don’t want to overly char the meat).
  10. Once a meat thermometer reaches 140-145, remove from the heat and LET IT REST on a cutting board for at least 5-10 mins.

Pro-tip: take the remaining marinade and let it reduce in a sauce pan. This sauce will taste amazing on the tri tip and any vegetables you have for your side dish.

Cooking times may vary depending on the thickness of your roast, ours was about 2 inches thick.


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