Tri – Tip Red Wine Marinade

Tri – Tip Red Wine Marinade

1 – 2 1/2 Lb (more or less) trimmed Tr-Tip

1 – cup Red Table Wine (left over bottles work just fine)

1/4 – cup Red Wine Vinegar

5 – cloves Garlic (crushed)

1 – tablespoon Onion Flakes

2 – Bay Leaves

1 – teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

Salt and Pepper to taste


Combine all and marinate in the frig for 5 hours minmum.  I put everything in a “zip-lock” baggie.

I cook over a charcoal BBQ.  The key to this Marinade is using a 1/4 “stick” of a wine barrel stave for the smoking flavor. I soak the stave in water for 3 to 4 hours.  Oak is very dense wood and takes a long time for the water to penetrate into the wood.

I set up the BBQ with all the charcoal on one half, with the exception of 4 or 5 coals.  The direct heat side has all the coals and the indirect heat side has the 4 or 5 coals with the barrel stave place on top for smoking.

Sear meat on both sides over the direct heat and then move meat to the indirect side. i rotate and turn the meat every 30-minutes until the internal temp. reaches 140 degrees. Remove meat and cover for 10 to 15 minutes.  At this temp, most of the meat should be med to med-rare depending on the thickness.


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