Tri Tip Roast

Tri Tip Roast

Flavor: 3 Out Of 5

Alternative Names: Bottom Sirloin Butt, Triangle Roast, Knuckle Cap, Triangle Tip

The tri tip roast is a triangular muscle cut from the bottom sirloin, it is a tasty cut at a reasonable price.

In the late 1950's a butcher in California chose to roast this cut rather then to grind it.

Many found it a perfect balance of taste and tenderness, its popularity quickly spread throughout the central coast of California.

Because many North American meat packers still ship their tri tip to California, this cut is hard to find in other parts of North America.

The tri tip is a small roast that has a juicy mild beefy flavor.

Cooking Instructions
Tri Tip Roast

A low temperature of 250 degrees will cook the meat evenly through from the center to the outer edge without any drying out, leaving the meat tender and juicy.

You might be concerned about the possibility of bacteria and it has been shown that this way of cooking tri tip is actually safe but to have piece of mind there is a way to solve this and at the same time give the roast a nice brown surface.

Bacteria grows from the outside and a way to get rid of bacteria is to sear the roast first. Searing the roast will seal in the juices leaving this tri tip recipe looking very appealing when being served.

1. An hour before cooking, remove the tri tip roast from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature.

2. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees and set the rack to the lower middle position.

Take a heavy bottomed roasting pan or cast iron skillet, set on stove top and heat the pan or skillet to medium-high.

Once the pan is hot sear the roast on all sides 1½-2 minutes per side for about 6-8 minutes total time.

3. Carefully remove the roast, set a wire rack in center of the roasting pan and place roast fat side up on the rack.

Season with salt and pepper and generously sprinkle your favorite seasonings, such as onion or garlic powder etc. Cloves of garlic may be used cut in half lengthwise and with a small knife cut small slits into the top of the tri tip roast and insert the garlic clove halves into the roast.

4. Transfer the pot to the oven and cook, uncovered until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the roast registers 130-140 degrees, about 1-2 hours depending on size and shape. Check the temperature 45 minutes to 1 hour after entering the oven.

5. Remove the roast from oven and tent with foil. Let it rest at least 15-20 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute themselves evenly throughout the roast. Cut twine off roast and cut across the grain into thin slices.

If the twine is tied correctly it should run across the grain, so just cut in the same direction the twine was tied.


Below is a cooking chart for tri tip cooking. Remember you should always use an instant-read thermometer to check the doneness of a roast. The internal temperature will rise about 5-10 degrees during resting time, remove the roast 5-10 degrees before desired doneness.

Doneness Description Meat Thermometer Reading
Rare Red with cold, soft center 125-130 degrees
Medium-Rare Red with warm, somewhat firm center 135-140 degrees
Medium Pink and firm throughout 140-150 degrees
Medium-well Pink line in center, quite firm 150-155 degrees
Well-done Gray-brown throughout and completely firm 160-165 degrees

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Oven Temperatures

Fahrenheit (°F) Celsius (°C)

125° 52°

150° 66°

175° 80°

200° 93°

225° 107°

250° 121°

275° 135°

300° 149°

325° 163°

350° 177°

375° 190°

400° 205°

425° 218°

450° 232°

475° 246°

500° 260°