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Whiskey Tri-Tip Roast

This whiskey tri-tip is a super easy marinade for an incredibly delicious and inexpensive cut of meat. You’ll even skip the steak sauce.

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Every few weeks, my 22-year old niece comes over for a home-cooked meal. Nassim is one of my many food tasters I use for my recipes. She is also great at choosing which picture I should post based on the scientific “yummy-looking” factor.

More recently, she has finally attempted to learn to cook my recipes, so I get input from her as a novice cook following my easy-to-read directions.

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It was for one of these weekly dinners that I made her this Whiskey Tri-Tip. She was craving red meat and I got this tri-tip on sale at the store. Whenshe saw the empty Jack Daniel’s bottle on the counter, she looked up at me and gave her skeptical, one eyebrow up kinda look.

I reassured her that everything was fine at home, that I did not depressingly down the bottle of Jack myself, but that this bottle of Jack was my assistant for the dinner that night. And of course, that dinner was safe for her and the kids to eat.

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This recipe is super simple to prepare. I know I say that a lot on this blog, but it really is a super simple recipe that yields great flavor for minimal work. You do have to find a tri-tip roast, which is a popular cut of meat out here in the West coast.

It is also called a Bottom Sirloin Roast or a Triangle Roast because, well it looks like a triangle.

The meat is often overlooked, but it has great marbeling and is quite delicious and tender whether you roast it in the oven or cook it outside on the grill. For tonight’s dinner, I roasted my whiskey tri-tip in the oven.

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Despite the funny looks at the empty whiskey bottle, my tri-tip dinner passed the smell test with Nassim and the kids. It was even proclaimed a hit and became a frequently requested dinner by Nassim over the years.

A simple marinade, needing about 3 hours in the fridge for maximum impact, and you’ll have a wonderful dinner for the whole family. The alcohol is of course, burned off, and the flavor that remains is mind blowing.

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So, Nassim, this Jack’s for you! I hope you can recreate it in good health. And for my dad, a long-time friend of Jack and good steak, I can’t wait to make this for you!

Whiskey Tri-Tip Roast

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Recipe adapted from Sandra Lee

This whiskey tri-tip is a super easy marinade for an incredibly delicious and inexpensive cut of meat. You'll even skip the steak sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 lb tri-tip roast
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup whiskey

Directions:

  1. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels:
    • 2 1/2 lb tri-tip roast
  2. Coat tri-tip with:
    • 2 tsp kosher salt
    • 1 tsp black pepper, ground
  3. Put tri-tip in a large resealable plastic bag and pour in:
    • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
    • 1 cup whiskey
  4. Marinate in refrigerator for 1 to 3 hours.
  5. Remove roast from refrigerator and let it come to room temperature, approximately 20 to 30 mins.
  6. About 30 mins prior to cooking remove meat from the marinade and discard the marinade. Allow meat to rest at room temperature.
  7. For oven roasting, preheat the oven to 450º F.
  8. Place the tri-tip, fat-side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan.
  9. Roast for 30 mins. and begin checking the internal temperature on a meat thermometer: for medium-rare, 135º-140º F and 140º-145º F for medium.
  10. If grilling, set up grill for indirect cooking over medium-high heat and oil grates. Place tri-tip on the hot oiled grill and cook 30 to 35 mins. per side or until the temperature reaches for medium-rare, 135º to 140º F or for medium 145º to 150º F on a meat thermometer.
  11. Transfer roast to a platter and let rest 5- 10 mins.
  12. Slice thinly across the grain and serve immediately.

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Yield: Serves 6

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