Beef Sirloin Tri-Tip Roast Recipe
If you're having trouble cooking red meat to perfect doneness, this recipe is for you because I believe it's fool-proof. I used a bottom sirloin tri-tip roast and marinated it overnight. To ensure the meat is properly seasoned, I placed a spicy marinade (I used homemade chili garlic sauce from last summer, onion purée, maple syrup and cinnamon) in a bag and vacuum-sealed it. The following day, I seared the meat to create an outer crust and the juice remained inside for optimum tenderness. The meat roasted in the oven until the probe thermometer indicated the right internal temperature.
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The top photo was taken the following day.
Yields: 6 servings1 (2-pound) beef (tri-tip) bottom sirloin roast
4 fresh garlic cloves, peeled, halved and crushed
2 tablespoons papaya paste (see tips)
¼ cup homemade chile garlic sauce, to taste
½ yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated cinnamon
½ cup beef stock
¼ cup red wine
3 tablespoons canola oil
The day before...
Rinse the roast and pat it dry using paper towels.
Make slits in the roast and place a piece of garlic in each slit.
Place the meat in a vacuum-type bag.
Combine the chopped onion, chile garlic sauce, maple syrup, papaya paste and cinnamon in a mini-blender (or regular blender). Blend into a smooth purée.
Spread the marinade over the beef. The marinade should coat the piece of meat. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil. Vacuum-seal the bag, place in a largeglass baking dish and refrigerate overnight.
The next day...
Remove the meat from the refrigerator at least 20 minutes before cooking so the beef is at room temperature. Remove as much marinade as possible. Discard the marinade.
Cooking the roast:
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Pat the meat dry one more time. Season with salt.
Place the probe of a digital oven-proof thermometer in the center of meat. Set the thermometer at 145°F (see tips), depending on how pink you like the meat. (Note: The IKEA brand thermometer has a magnet so I can stick it to the hood of my stove while searing the meat.)
With a brush, grease an oven-safe (preferably cast iron) skillet grill (a regular frying pan that is oven-proof will work, but you won't get the nice grill marks) with oil and heat until it's really hot, almost to the smoking point. Using tongs, place the meat in the pan (still on high heat) and cook for 3 minutes. It's important that you not pierce the meat, so it stays moist and tender. Flip the meat on the other side. Grill for another 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the stove.
Pour the beef stock and wine in the skillet. Immediately transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the bottom sirloin until the desired degree of doneness is reached.
Roast the meat for 50 minutes (I needed 3 more minutes, so internal temperature of the meat reached 145°F).
Remove the pan from the oven. Cover with a piece of aluminum foil. Let the meat sit until the meat cools completely for easier carving. Transfer the beef to a platter. Sprinkle with salt.
Thinly slice the roast cross-wise (against the grain), so the meat remains tender.
A tri-tip is also known as a bottom sirloin roast. It's a popular cut here in California; it's a fairly lean cut of meat.
I use green papaya as a meat tenderizer to ensure moist and juicy meat. The papaya paste was Baji, my husband Lulu's late grandma's secret for tender and moist meat. Peel a green papaya. Grind the cubed papaya with seeds in a mini food processor; place about 2 tablespoons of papaya paste per slot in an ice-cube tray and freeze them. Transfer the ice-cubes into sealable plastic bags and place back in the freezer.
The roasting time depends on how pink you like the meat. If you want to be absolutely sure (and that is my fool-proof way of cooking beef), just place a temperature probe in the center of the piece of meat, and remove the meat from the oven when the thermometer registers at least 130°F (I prefer 145°F, so the meat is less rosy). You can get a digital thermometer at IKEA for a reasonable price.
Make sure to let the beef rest before slicing it to ensure optimum tenderness of the meat.Published By: on February 1, 2012.