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The tenderness of the meat packed with the amazing charcoal flavors and simple spice mix makes this the ultimate feast. And to top it all off, the homemade whiskey peppercorn sauce adds another layer of savoriness that will make you lick the plate clean. If you are not familiar with this cut, this steak is found at the bottom sirloin area of a cow. It’s appearance is similar to that of a ribeye with the beautiful marbling, and if grilled properly, this cut is the most tender and flavorsome of all steaks. Let me show you how to make this simple Tri Tip in Whiskey Peppercorn Sauce.

 

Tri Tip in Whiskey Sauce ingredients

 

How to prep a Tri Tip steak

This cut of beef is very flavorful.  It would be a shame to cover it in marinade or overpowering spices. A simple coat of steak seasoning is all you need to enhance and improve this steak. I mixed by own rub for this recipe which included salt, coarse black pepper, onion and garlic powder, minced onion and mustard powder.

Start with coating the tri tip with a little bit of olive oil as the binder for the spices.  You risk a lot of the spices falling off or burning without the binder.  Then apply a layer of seasoning making sure to cover the entire piece of meat.  

 

 

How to grill the perfect tri tip steak.

Start off by heating up the grill to 250 degrees and set in up for dual zone heat.  This means there should be an indirect cooking set up as well as direct for the final sear.

First place the tri tip on the indirect side for approximately 1 hour or until it reaches 120 internal.

 

Seared steak

 

Then, increase the temperature of the grill to high heat at 500 degrees and sear the steak 2 minutes per side.

Finally, set aside the grilled trip tip steak to rest for 10 minutes. It’s very important to rest any protein after a cook.  This process helps redistribute all those wonderful juices that will create a beautifully tender slice of meat.

 

Medium Rare Steak

 

How to make the perfect Whiskey Peppercorn sauce.

 

This whiskey peppercorn sauce is the perfect coating for any grilled steak!  It’s rich savory flavors perfectly balance with the charcoal flavors of the beef. 

In a saucepan, add heavy cream, grinned peppercorns, whiskey, beef stock and butter.  Simmer over low heat until the sauce thickens to your liking.

 

Whiskey Peppercorn Sauce

 

Before serving, sprinkle some freshly chopped parsley over the grilled tri tip in whiskey peppercorn sauce and enjoy!

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Tri Tip in Whiskey Peppercorn Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

Ingredients 

Steak Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Tri Tip
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Coarse pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Mustard powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Minced onion

Whiskey Sauce Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Beef broth
  • 1/2 cup Heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup Whiskey
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Peppercorn

Instructions 

Perfect Medium Rare Steak Instructions

  • Start with coating the tri tip with olive oil as the binder.
  • Mix together salt, coarse black pepper, onion and garlic powder, minced onion and mustard powder. Apply all over the steak. Pat in to help stick to the meat.
  • Start off by heating up the grill to 250 degrees and set in up for dual zone heat. 
  • First place the tri tip on the indirect side for approximately 1 hour or until it reaches 120 internal.
  • Increase the temperature of the grill to high heat at 500 degrees and sear the steak 2 minutes per side.

Whiskey Peppercorn Sauce Instructions

  • In a saucepan, add heavy cream, grinned peppercorns, whiskey, beef stock and butter.  Simmer over low heat until the sauce thickens to your liking.
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About Maciek

I make easy meals that anyone can replicate at home. I’m not a professionally trained chef, just your average guy that likes to fire up the grill. So follow along and see what’s cooking today!

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