Thai-Dipped Beef Tri Tip – Satay, Unskewered

There are so many examples of big foods being re-imagined into smaller, bite-sized versions, but going the other direction is not nearly as common. That's what I was attempting to do with this satay-inspired, Thai-dipped beef tri tip.

I enjoy beef satay way more than I do skewering small pieces of beef. Besides, I’ve never made satay, and not stuck a bamboo skewer into my finger at some point in the process. And not only did this involve less labor, but you can cook this in any number of ways.

I decided to go low and slow, over indirect charcoal heat, until I reached an internal temperature of 132 F.  If you’re in more of a hurry, you can cook tri tip over higher heat, and it’s perfectly fine, as long as it doesn’t overcook. You can also roast this in the oven at 325 F., just in case a thunderstorm tries to mess up your plans.

All the ingredients here are easy to find, with the possible exception of lemongrass. Most big city grocery stores carry it, but in other parts of the country, I’ve seen it sold as a tubed puree, displayed in the produce department. If you can’t find it, you can add some lemon juice and zest to adjust. Either way, I really hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy!


Ingredients for one beef tri tip roast:
2 1/2 pound trimmed beef tri tip top roast
6 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 cup chopped lemon grass (peel off woodiest parts, pound with back of knife, then chop)
3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root
2 tablespoons grated raw onion
1/3 cup fish sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2  teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

- Grill, smoke, or roast to an internal temp of 130 to 135 F.

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