If you’ve never had tri-tip (if you live east of the Rocky Mountains, you have an excuse), imagine a boomerang-shaped piece of sirloin that cooks like steak, but slices like brisket, with a beef flavor that just won’t quit.
Step 1: Place the tri-tip in a baking dish. Make the rub. Place the salt, pepper, garlic powder, MSG, and hot pepper in a small bowl and mix with your fingers. Sprinkle the meat with rub on all sides, rubbing the spices into the meat. Cover the tri-tip and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours or as long 24.
Step 2: Set up your grill for direct grilling and preheat it to medium-low. Ideally, you’ll be grilling over a wood (oak) fire. If working on charcoal, at very least toss some oak chips. For a gas grill place the wood chips in the smoker box.
Step 3: Grill the tri-tip until crusty and brown on the outside and cooked to taste inside, 15 to 20 minute per side for medium-rare.
Step 4: Transfer the tri-tip to a cutting board and let rest for 3 minutes. Thinly slice across the grain and serve at once with grilled garlic bread on the side.
Buster’s Southern BBQ is located at 1207 Foothill Boulevard, Calistoga, CA 94515