Latin Touch Tri-Tip Worksheet
Date: Total Lbs. of Charcoal:
Number of Tri-tip: Ambient (outdoor) temp:
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (2 large limes)
3 garlic cloves, smashed
2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs.Worscheester sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Combine everything but salt and pepper in a food processor. Process until smooth, then add salt and pepper to taste.
Place each tri-tip in a gallon-size zip bag, pour in marinade and seal, pressing out excess air.
Roll the roast around inside the bag to get it evenly coated.
Refrigerate 8-24 hours, then bring to room temp before cooking.
Position the roasting box is a safe, well ventilated area (but out of direct drafts). If roasting on the lawn, be sure to water the grass well before cooking, just in case.
Place 3-4 (depending on the number of tri-tips you’re cooking) disposable drip pans in the bottom of the box, and place the over-sized grill on top of these. Add a couple of cups of water, apple juice, or beer to each pan, pace a grill grate inside the box, over the drip pan.
Cover box with the ash pan and charcoal grid. Add 16 lbs. of charcoal for a 70# box or 18lbs of charcoal a 100# box, in two equal piles and light. Once lit (20-25 minutes) spread the charcoal evenly over the charcoal grid.
Put marinated tri-tips on the grill over direct heat. Grill on all sides until evenly charred (about 5 minutes per side).
Remove roast from grill, and set aside. Carefully remove lid from box and set on the long handles or metal sawhorses.
Insert the probe from a wired thermometer into one of the roasts, and run wire under the rail of the top frame. Place tri-tips on the grill over the drip pan, and replace lid.
Cooking time starts right now.
Roast until you reach an internal temperature of 115F-120F (about 15 minutes). Remove roasts from the box and allow to rest, tented loosely in foil for 5 minutes.
Carve the tri-tip into thin slices, against the grain.
A typical tri-tip will weight in between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds and serves up to 4 people, or more if used for sliders or sandwiches.
Here is to some mouth-watering tri-tip on your La Caja China or barbecue grill!