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BBQ Tri Tip

Use the indirect cooking method, and sear the tri-tip until browned on all sides, then move over the drip pan. Take an aluminum can, cut off the top with a scissors, fill with water, and place over the coal side of the grate. Put lid on BBQ and cook approx 45 minutes for a medium size roast. Mesquite wood chips soaked in water are optional, but do add a delicious flavor.

You can season it with back pepper while cooking, but don't put salt on it until it is almost done. Salting beef too early causes the delicious juices to move to the outside and run off, resulting in a dry steak.

You can also try marinating it in Wish Bone Robusto Italian dressing overnight in a zip lock. Just pierce it all over with a fork and toss it in the bag with the dressing, then pop it in the fridge. Never use a marinade with sugar or corn syrup in it. It will blacken really bad. Another tasty seasoning is called "Santa Maria Seasoning", and it is available in major grocery chains. After all, Santa Maria, California is where Tri Tips were first used!

To cook Tri Tips in oven, bake at 375° in baking dish uncovered for 10 minutes on each side, then cover and bake an additional 40 minutes.

ALWAYS let stand for 5 minutes before slicing to avoid juices running out of meat, regardless of cooking method.