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Thai-Dipped Beef Tri Tip

Rated as 4.78 out of 5 Stars

"I enjoy beef satay way more than I do skewering small pieces of beef. Besides, I've never made satay, and not stuck a bamboo skewer into my finger at some point in the process. Not only did this involve less labor, but you can cook this in any number of ways."
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3 h 10 m servings 362
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Place garlic, lemon grass (bruised and chopped--see note), grated gingerroot, grated onion, fish sauce, rice vinegar, soy sauce, coriander, cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, and vegetable oil in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  2. Transfer tri tip roast to marinade. Poke both sides of the roast numerous times with the tines of a fork to get the marinade into the roast. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 to 12 hours. During the marinade time, remove the meat from the fridge occasionally to turn and poke some more with a fork.
  3. Transfer roast to a paper-towel-lined tray to drain briefly. Reserve marinade.
  4. Preheat covered grill to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly oil the grate.
  5. Cook roast covered, over indirect heat, basting with marinade and turning occasionally. Cook about 35 to 45 minutes, depending on how hot your grill is. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 130 to 135 degrees F (54 degrees C). Transfer roast to a cutting board and let rest at least 20 minutes before slicing.
  6. Place any remaining marinade in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 or 2 minutes. You can use this as a serving sauce.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • To prepare the lemon grass, peel off the woodiest parts. Pound with the back of a knife, then chop.
  • Most big city grocery stores carry lemon grass, but in other parts of the country, I've seen it sold as a tubed puree, displayed in the produce department. If you can't find it, you can add some lemon juice and zest to adjust.
  • You can grill, smoke, or roast the tri tip roast to an internal temperature of 130 to 135 degrees F (54 degrees C).
  • You can also serve this with a Peanut Dipping Sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 362 calories; 15.5 14.9 39.4 132 1281 Full nutrition

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I confess that every once in a while when I see the very large amounts of spices in a Chef John recipe, I get a little fearful. No problems here, I made this exactly as on the recipe, except use...

I had to omit the garlic due to an allergy and substitute dried lemon grass (1 T) and ground ginger (1 tsp) because that's what I had. I also had to cook this in the oven (preheated to 425 deg...

this was absolutely delicious! i used the marinade on jumbo chicken wings and bf cooked them up on the grill.. this is definitely a do over! i hate prepping lemon grass so i used lemon grass pur...

This recipe is AMAZING! thankfully I doubled the amounts of everything so there would be extra and I can't wait to try it out in a stir fry or even marinade some chicken thighs. we love chef joh...

Absolutely delicious! Made it exactly as the recipe stated. Couldn't believe how tender the meat was. Yum!

Good flavor, tasty with rice

Delicious, moist, tangy, flavorful. I haven't liked beef tip since middle school where they served some tripe they called beef tips that wasn't even good enough for my dog. The all-day-marinade ...

I sure will be doing this again.

Amazing dish , all my guest said lol this is not Carrabas and Olive garden !!!!! Man was it good!!! Thank you chef John! Rene & Karen Sarasota, FL