Sweet and Spicy Grilled Tri-Tip Recipe

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J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

A sweet and spicy rub adds flavor to this otherwise mild but tender cut of beef.

Recipe Facts

Active: 40 mins
Total: 40 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seed

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 tablespoon dark or light brown sugar

  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 whole tri-tip roast, (about 2 1/2 pounds) or 1 top sirloin roast (about 2 1/2 pounds)

Directions

  1. Combine pepper, cumin, paprika, coriander, cayenne, brown sugar, garlic, salt, and oil in a small bowl to form a paste. Set aside.

  2. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Alternatively, set half the burners on a gas grill to the highest heat setting, cover, and preheat for 10 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. If desired, add a few chunks of oak that have been soaked in water for 30 minutes directly to the coals.

  3. Rub steak with paste, place over cooler side of grill, cover, and cook, turning and flipping occasionally until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the steak registers 115 to 120°F for medium rare, 20 to 30 minutes

  4. If coals are not hot, remove steak from grill, add another quart of coals, and wait five minutes for them to heat up. Return steak to hot side of grill. Cook, flipping regularly until well-charred on exterior and center of steak registers 120 to 125°F on an instant-read thermometer, 5 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice thinly and serve.

Special equipment

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
335 Calories
18g Fat
3g Carbs
37g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 335
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 707mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 512mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)