Grilled Tri-Tip Sandwich

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Tri-tips are one of the most flavorful cuts of beef, so why not make a tri-tip sandwich? This recipe for Grilled Tri-tip Sandwich is simple and super delicious! I kept the seasoning simple with just salt, pepper and garlic powder. The melted mozzarella cheese topped over onions, peppers and roasted garlic aioli is what makes this one of my favorite steak sandwiches.

Tri-tip is common where I live, Cincinnati, Ohio, but from what I have learned is that it’s not so common in other areas. With the way businesses are run today you can easily jump online and order a tri-tip and have it delivered within a few days. I highly recommend you do and give this recipe a try!

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Grilled Tri-Tip Sandwiches

Prep Time 5 mins
Sear Time 5 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 8


  • 1 4-6 lb Tri Tip Trimmed at butcher
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 Red pepper seeded
  • 1/2 Sweet onion
  • 8 oz Mozzarella

Roasted Garlic Aoli

  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 3 tbsp Mayo
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Siracha


  • Set your grill, or oven, to 425 degrees and chop the end off a whole head of garlic. Now drizzle some olive oil and a pinch of salt. Wrap in aluminum foil and place it on the grill for 40-45 mins. This is how you make roasted garlic. 
  • Clean your tri-tip and make sure there is no silver skin or hard fat left on the tri-tip and dry with a paper towel. Bring to room temperature.
  • Add a tablespoon of olive oil and spread it across the meat top, bottom and all sides. Now season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  • Check your kettle grill and make sure your temp is around 225-250 degrees and add a handful of whiskey barrel wood chips. Add your meat on the indirect side, your desired finished internal temp is 128 degrees.
  • Once you place the tri-tip to the grill it's time to add your onions and peppers to a skillet on another grill or stovetop. Add in 1-2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, a pinch of kosher salt, a pinch of black pepper and let cook for 15-20 mins at medium heat.
  • Sear the meat for 1 1/2-2 mins per side. Pull it and cover with a sheet of aluminum foil for a 15 min rest. At this time add your roasted garlic, mayo and sriracha together and make your sauce, also toast your buns for the sandwich. 
  • Slice thinly, REMEMBER the tri-tip is very different as the grain run in two separate directions, against the grain. Time to build the sub. Sauce both buns, add the tri-tip and smoother in with the cheese and veggies.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Keyword beef, gameday, sandwich


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What is a tri-tip?

The tri-tip is a cut of meat from the bottom sirloin. The name comes from its triangular shape. It is a very tasty cut of beef.

Are Tri-tips expensive?

Tri-tips are an economically friendly cut of beef. You will get a great cut of meat that is flavorful, lean and tender for lower prices than other cuts of beef.


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