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J.D.'s, Cowboy Tri-Tip with Grilled Asparagus

Featured by Faun Vineyards in the Gold Wine Club.
J.D.'s, Cowboy Tri-Tip with Grilled Asparagus


A delicious smokey tri-tip steak with a heathy dose of seasoning and a side of grilled asparagus. Yum! Try pairing it with the Faun Vineyards Red Blend.

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 70 Minutes


• One well marbled, untrimmed, Tri-Tip (to feed four)
• Garlic Powder

Johnny Spice (optional-contains MSG)
• Fresh Ground Pepper
• 3 Garlic Cloves, whole
• Salt
• Smoke Chips, oak or mesquite or apple chips

Ingredients for Grilled Asparagus:
• 10 to 15 Asparagus spears, fresh
• Olive Oil
• Salt
• 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 20 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).

Helpful Hint:
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.

Recipe provided by Faun Vineyards

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