Schmidt Family Garlic Tri-tip
Schmidt Family Garlic Tri-tip
Schmidt Family Garlic Tri-tip

Schmidt Family Garlic Tri-tip

Posted by kiel on May 18, 2010

 Grilling tri-tip is a long standing Fresno tradition. Having grown up in Fresno this recipe or a variation of it has been in my family for decades. The Schmidt family likes garlic.

This recipe won the People's Choice award at TasteFresno's 2010 Tri-Tip Cookoff.




2-3 lb. Tri-tip

2 heads of garlic

El Mexicano Carne Asada seasoning salt (can substitute with Pappy's)  

Garlic Powder



 Trim all fat off of the Tri-tip.

Peel and finely chop 1 head of garlic. Roll the tri-tip in the garlic.

Knead the garlic into the meat surface with your knuckles or a meat tenderizer.

Sprinkle surface with garlic powder & season salt. Set meat aside.

Start barbeque. I prefer charcoal. I also put a brick in with the coals. It helps keep a consistent cooking temperature.

Grill tri-tip, flip every 10 minutes. Sprinkle garlic power & season salt after 1st 2 flips.

Put remaining head of garlic on the grill to roast.

Grill tri-tip to medium rare. Will be firm to touch. 

Slice perpendicular to the grain of the meat. 

Serve with a clove of roasted garlic.




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HarmsWayChad  |  Tue, 2010-05-18 14:13

I think it was the best tri-tip out there!

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LuvlyRta  |  Tue, 2010-05-18 15:30

Congratulations on the People's Choice!
Yup, this is a very traditional method for me, right down to the pit :) Growing up, usually Santa Maria seasoning was used. My husband uses Pappy's or his own concoction depending on his mood.