Grilled And Glazed Tri-Tip Recipe

Tri-tip is one of the most versatile cuts of meat you can buy. It's great for tacos, chili, sandwiches, and more. And of course, it's great on its own. With its versatility, comes the ability to cook tri-tip in a variety of ways as well, from the oven to the slow cooker and the grill. "Grilling a tri-tip is my favorite way to cook this cut of meat," says food photographer and recipe developer Petar Marshall. "It's all about adding great flavor to enhance the meat."

Tri-tip gets its name from its triangular shape. It's typically quite easy to find in any meat department, and it won't break the bank. And this recipe only calls for four other ingredients, besides the piece of meat, for a delicious, flavorful grilled tri-tip. "The glaze truly enhances not only the flavor of the meat, but also the texture," says Marshall. 

Made with just five ingredients and very little prep time, you'll be on your way to grilling in no time. And once it's cooked, you can enjoy this glazed and grilled tri-tip on its own, paired with a side such as mashed potatoes, or on a sandwich.

Gather the ingredients for grilled tri-tip

To get started on making this tasty grilled tri-tip, grab your ingredients first. For this recipe, you'll need one tri-tip steak, sweet vermouth, brown sugar, salt, and pepper.

"The sweet vermouth serves as an incredibly flavorful base for the simple glaze," notes Marshall. "It can be found in the wine or beverage aisle at most grocery stores." 

Season the meat

With the ingredients gathered, first unwrap the tri-tip. Season it generously on both sides with salt and pepper. 

Make the glaze

In a small bowl, add in the brown sugar and sweet vermouth. Use a whisk to mix the glaze until combined. 

Grill the tri-tip

With the meat seasoned and the glaze prepped, it's time to grill! Turn the grill on high heat. Put the tri-tip on the grill to begin cooking. "This gives time to develop great flavor from the flame and seasoning before adding the glaze," says Marshall. 

Glaze and finish the tri-tip

To finish cooking the meat and glaze it, flip the tri-tip every 5 minutes while cooking. Brush glaze over top each time you flip the meat. After 30 minutes, remove the meat from the grill and set it on a platter. Let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing the tri-tip and serving it. 

Grilled And Glazed Tri-Tip Recipe
5 from 38 ratings
This grilled and glazed tri-tip recipe couldn't be more flavorful.
Prep Time
Cook Time
slices of tri-tip
Total time: 35 minutes
  • 1 (3-pound) tri-tip
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sweet vermouth
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Remove the meat from the packaging. Generously season both sides of the tri-tip. Allow it to sit while you make the glaze.
  2. Whisk together the brown sugar and sweet vermouth.
  3. Turn the grill on high. Put the tri-tip on the grill.
  4. Flip the meat and glaze it about every 5 minutes while cooking. Cook for 30 minutes for a nice medium.
  5. Once cooked, remove the tri tip from the grill. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
Calories per Serving 467
Total Fat 21.2 g
Saturated Fat 7.8 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 151.1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 13.5 g
Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
Total Sugars 12.0 g
Sodium 648.9 mg
Protein 46.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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