The secret to a great tri tip marinade must include an acid of some kind. Whether you use beer, wine, lemon juice, or any other type of citrus juice, you must include. it. It is the acid which breaks down the meat fibers of any type of meat which you are using.
If you have never used a good tri tip marinade before I urge you to use one. You will be amazed at the difference it makes. Go ahead and have some friends over and try this on them; they will be amazed.
We raised our kids over on the Central Coast of California and that is where I spent a huge majority of my time as a banquest chef at restaurants where folks would come from around the world to visit, stay, play, and eat out on the Central Coast.
Santa Maria, Ca, now that is the home of our tri tip. It has also, in a way, made the central coast famous for its barbecue. I have been to the grocery store where Santa Maria tri tip started. And In days of old actually talked to the folks intimately involved when all this just got going. I am telling you, there is nothing quite like grilling up some Santa Maria tri tip.I have put the original tri tip marinade for this over on our facebook page. You can check it out here.
Since I have the original recipe there, I thought I would put one of my tri tip marinades here on my blog today. One which I have been using for years.
Red Wine Marinade
1/2 cup red wine
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Most times when I use it I substitute the red wine with beer. A good dark beer is good for when you want to marinate tri tip. You can take these and let it marinate for about six to eight hours. Then removed from the marinate and pat dry, season with a fair amount of salt and pepper and then grill it up. So if you are looking for a great tri tip marinade, try this one out on your next barbecue party.
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