Texas Tri-Tip


A juicy and tangy tri-tip recipe that has been used in my family for years.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs 10 mins
2 4-pound tri-tips


  • 2 (4 pound) beef tri-tip roasts, trimmed

  • 1 cup dark lager (such as Shiner® Bock)

  • 1 cup lemon juice

  • ½ cup olive oil

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • ¼ cup ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup garlic salt

  • ¼ cup garlic powder

  • ¼ cup onion powder

  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, or to taste


  1. Place tri-tips in one or two gallon-sized zip-top bags or in a large sealed container.

  2. Whisk lager, lemon juice, olive oil, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, garlic salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper together. Pour marinade over the tri-tips. Seal, squeezing out as much air as possible. Refrigerate, flipping once halfway, 8 hours to overnight.

  3. Lightly oil the grate of an outdoor grill. Arrange coals or mesquite wood on one side of the grill and preheat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Remove tri-tips from the marinade and place directly over the wood or coals. Sear for 1 to 2 minutes per side. Move tri-tips to the opposite side of the grill, cover, and grill until desired doneness is reached, about 45 minutes for medium-rare.

  5. Transfer to a cutting board, wrap in foil, and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Unwrap and slice across the grain.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

274 Calories
13g Fat
7g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 274
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 763mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 5mg 24%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 328mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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