Beef Tri Tip Roast

Best. Roast. Ever.

Active time: 10 minutes • Total time: 20 hours

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 by Jack McCann
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Tri-tip is a great roast.  Good luck finding a dry aged, grass fed one in the store... but it is totally worth trying! 

Tri-tip comes from almost the same area of the steer as the flank steak and you can use it just like a flank or hanger steak for making fajitas or you could grab a glass of wine and pretend it was prime rib.  This recipe is for a super simple 'salt only' sous vide style roast.  I can't tell you how good this one turned out.  


  • Dry aged Tri-Tip Roast
  • Salt, ~1.5% by weight, (one heaping teaspoon per pound)
  • Optional - add some dried herbs like thyme, Herbs de Provence, rosemary, etc. 


  1. If you have a vacuum sealer, use it to seal the roast and salt together (with optional herbs)
  2. If you don't, use a gallon ziplock bag following the water displacement method to remove the air (see video on my  thanksgiving feast post)
  3. Sous Vide at 131 degrees for 18-30 hours.  
  4. Save the juice in the bag to make a  gravy.
  5. Sear on all sides using a HOT cast iron pan with a bit of coconut oil or butter in it.  You can also grill or use a torch, but I prefer using cast iron. 
  6. IMPORTANT:  Slice against the grain.  See the image in this post, but you need to slice thin perpendicular to the grain of the roast to have a super tender steak. 

No Sous Vide Machine?

If you don't have a sous vide machine and your oven is awesome, you could perhaps place your roast in a stockpot full of warm water and set the oven to be 130 degrees... but most ovens don't allow that.  

Here is a  stove top option or a  cooler option...  However, you'd need to check in with the cooler every so often to make sure it stayed warm -- maybe at night boost the temp up to 140 degrees...  or really, just get a  sous vide machine, it is the best. You can get away much easier without one if you are cooking our  amazing drumstick recipe or the turkey recipe... but a medium-rare roast like this?  Getting a machine is totally worth it. 

Need a Dry Aged Tri-Tip Roast?

Members can request one with your next delivery - currently, they are packaged with similar cuts like flank, hanger and skirt steak.    Not a member?   Join today! 

Remember, slice across the grain like this.

Best. Roast. Ever.

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