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Tri Tip – crock pot

If Thomas Keller aka Best Chef in America, aka James Beard award winner, aka Michelin star go-getta, aka king of the French Laundry, knew how I bastardized his tri tip recipe, he might kill me. Or take away my autographed cookbook, but they’ve have to pry it out of my cold dead hands!! Just look at that penmanship!

In Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc at Home it says right in the book, ‘don’t cook tri tip for too long ‘ so of course…I put it in a crock pot for 8+ hours. HEY. Don’t judge. I’m trying to make life easier! It came out amazing, I promise.

2-1/2 lb tri tip roast
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
1-1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
small pinch of cayenne
1 lemon, sliced thin
water or beef broth

I know what he’s saying. Cook it too long and it can become flavorless. But in a crock pot, slathered with spices, it works, honest. Trim the fat off the tri tip. If it doesn’t fit in the pot, cut into two or three pieces.

Mince the garlic, sprinkle with the salt and scrap at it with your knife to get a paste. Rub this into the tri tip.

In a small bowl mix together the paprika, black pepper, rosemary and cayenne. Rub that into the already garlic seasoned meat.

Slice your lemon thin and add the slices to the top of the meat. (Yes, that is a lemon, a giant one. Don’t ask.)

Down the side of the pot (not over the meat) add just enough water so that the meat sits in about 1″ of it.

Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

You can serve this with potatoes, rice, or even little sandwiches for the kids. It’s flavorful and soft – perfect tri tip. For the rest of his recipes I won’t betray the word of Thomas Keller, I swear. Well, not this week anyway.

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Tri Tip – crock pot



9 Responses to “Tri Tip – crock pot”

  1. jenn says:

    looks amazing! and if that can come out of just being cooked in a crock pot… sweet!

  2. Melissa says:

    Wow!! I just tried this recipe today and loved it!! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom :)

  3. Erin says:

    Just made this for the second time – family loves it and so easy to put together before work. Thank you!

  4. Heather says:

    Thank YOU! I am on a very strict HCG diet and am in the final days and needed a new recipe. I was looking for a crockpot recipe to cook a Tri tip with out added oils, sugars, or hidden gluten. Eureka!! This was decadent and my little 1.5 pound tri tip cooked in only 3 hours on high! THANK YOU for posting this delicious recipe! I am recommending that all my friends come check out your page -you have sooo many recipes that look and sound delicious!

  5. Monica says:

    This was so good, I used it and the family went nuts on it. There is usually leftovers and there were none on this night. Thank you, I will be using this again and again. If they behave! Ha ha

  6. Tracy says:

    Made this last night and it was outstanding. Took about 20 minutes before leaving for work to prep and followed recipe exactly (except with a 1.75lb tritip… and it was on low for about 9.5 hours due to my schedule) It was outstanding, the lemon flavor is an awesome touch. Will be making this over and over, I’m sure. Thanks!

  7. It was very good, I used 1/2 cup water and a 1/2 cup Bragg’s Amino Acids…it made a nice brown sauce to put on top. Thanks for the easy peasy recipe that tastes great too!

  8. Michelle says:

    I made this last week without the cayenne because i didn’t have any..haha.. i added a tsp of beef bouillon to the water. Amazing taste! My non red meat eater 9 yr old son LOVED it and asked for again this week. So i just put one in the crockpot this morning :) Thanks for the recipe!

  9. LC says:

    I don’t have any lemons. Could I use orange instead?

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