Sunday, May 24, 2009

Santa Maria Style Tri-Tip Marinade

Just in case anyone from last night was wondering about the whole tri-tip thing, here's the deal. We had tri-tip just about weekly when we were in California, and I still occasionally pick up the pre-marinaded version at Costco, which is to die for but is also pretty expensive. This time around, Papa Bear picked up just the meat at Costco, and I found a basic marinade on-line. Tri-tip is a deeply marbled piece of beef, so cooking slowly makes it incredibly tender and flavorful. The Santa Maria marinade, however, it the kicker. Here's my version:

2/3 cup olive oil
2/3 cup red wine vinegar
2/3 cup soy sauce
1 cup chopped green onion
1 T garlic powder

You're supposed to marinade for 24 hours, but ours only stewed for about 8 hours (we use the zip-loc baggie method). Do the whole day-before bit, and it will be even yummier than it was last night. It should sit on the grill for about 45 minutes to cook slowly through. Slice into ribbons to serve.



  1. thanks for sharing this recipe. We have used it twice and it was a total hit!


  2. So glad you liked it! Oooo, now I'm hungry for tri tip :)