J.D.'s, Cowboy Tri-Tip with Grilled Asparagus
One well marbled, untrimmed, Tri-Tip (to feed four)
Johnny Spice (optional-contains MSG)
Fresh Ground Pepper
3 Garlic Cloves, whole
Smoke Chips, oak or mesquite or apple chips
Ingredients for Grilled Asparagus:
10 to 15 Asparagus spears, fresh
Fresh Ground Pepper
Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
Apply garlic powder generously over both sides of the Tri-Tip followed by black pepper. Just before putting your tri-tip on the grill, apply salt or Johnny Spice. Salt is applied last because it has a tendency to dry the meat out. Make two small slits on the top of the meat (not the fat side) and insert the whole garlic cloves. Apply meat to grill fat side down. Let cook on this side for approximately 40 minutes or until the meat appears to be cooked about half the way through. Don't panic if the fat burns-it is normal, and the fat part will be trimmed off before serving. Flip the meat to the other side. Let cook on this side for about twenty minutes or until the meat feels slightly firm. Sometimes it looks like the meat needs more time to cook, but this is not always the case. The best way to determine if the meat is done is by taking a utensil and poking the top of the Tri-Tip. If its firm, it is ready. One of tri-tips greatest features is that there is a piece for everyone; the ends will be more done and the midsection will be rarer. Before serving, trim the fat off of the Tri-Tip. It is very important to cut the meat cross grain into thin slices (1/4 to 1/2 inch thick).
Remove your Tri-Tip from the refrigerator an hour or more before placing it on the grill. Room temperature meat cooks much more evenly and has better texture than meat placed on the grill cold
Preparation of Asparagus
Place asparagus directly onto the BBQ grill. Brush the olive oil onto the asparagus spears. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roll asparagus on grill continuously while cooking. As soon as the asparagus gets warm all the way through(approximately five to seven minutes), remove the asparagus, and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan Cheese. The asparagus is ready to serve immediately.