Coffee Marinated Tri-Tip Roasts

You had me at coffee! These coffee marinated tri-tip roasts are packed full of delicious, rich beefy flavor. Perfect for cookouts and meal planning for weekday meals.

Coffee adds a nice deep richness to beef and is one of the easiest ways to flavor steaks and roasts. Luckily, tri-tip roasts are easy to find at your local market or butcher shop. It’s a triangular cut of beef that brings with it so much versatility. Tri-tip roasts can be grilled or smoked coated in any seasoning combination. Once cooked, it is delicious, plain, and simple. Our coffee marinated tri-tip roasts are bathed in a flavorful balsamic-espresso marinade, then cooked low and slow. Each bite will simply melt in your mouth.

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Ingredients:

  • Beef tri-tip roasts: you’ll need two roasts, weighing in at 2 pounds each.
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Espresso powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Garlic
  • Soy sauce
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Olive oil

Marinating time:

For best results, these coffee marinated tri-tip roasts need to spend a good amount of time in the marinade. I recommend at least 6-12 hours. If you plan to marinate them longer than 12 hours, I recommend removing the salt from the marinade. Once marinated, season the tri-tip roasts with salt a few minutes before it hits the grill. 

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Image by: Sabrina Baksh/derrickriches.com

Grilling Coffee Marinated Tri-Tip Roasts:

  • Preheat grill for 275 degrees F or set up a two-zone cooking area for indirect cooking.
  • Remove roasts from marinade and place onto grill. Brush the remaining marinade on the roasts.
  • Cook tri-tip for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until they reach your desired doneness. Please refer to my steak temperature guide for optimal doneness. Optimal doness for this cut is medium-rare to medium. 
  • Move roasts over to the hotter part of the grill, and reverse sear them for 3-4 minutes per side. This will produce a delicious crust on the roast. Watch for burning.
  • Once the roasts have cooked through, remove them from the grill and tent with aluminum foil. Rest the meat for 10-15 minutes before carving.
  • Store leftover coffee marinated tri-tip in an airtight container or resealable food-grade bag in your refrigerator for up to 4 days. Freeze in vacuum-sealed bags for up to 3 months.
Coffee Marinated Tri Tip Roast

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Coffee Marinated Tri Tip Roast

Coffee Marinated Tri-Tip Roasts

Coffee adds a nice deep richness to beef, and is one the easiest ways to flavor a steaks or roasts. Tri tip roasts are a far more common find at your local market or butcher shop. It's a triangular cut of beef that brings with it a lot of versatility. It can be grilled or smoked with just about any seasoning combination, but in the end it's a delicious cut, plain and simple. This tri tip roast is bathed in a flavorful balsamic-espresso marinade, then cooked low and slow. Each bite will simply melt in your mouth.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American BBQ
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 People

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds tri-tip roasts, about 2 roasts
  • for marinade:
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 2 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Combine marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Place tri tip roasts in a resealable plastic bag. You might need to use two. If so, divide marinade in half and distribute accordingly. Pour marinade over roasts making sure that all surfaces are well coated. Seal bags and place into refrigerator for 6-12 hours.
  • Preheat grill for 275 degrees F or set up a two-zone cooking area for indirect cooking.
  • Remove roasts from marinade and place onto grill. Brush the remaining marinade on the roasts.
  • Cook tri-tip for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until they reach your desired doneness. Medium-rare to medium is preferred for this cut. 
    Move roasts over to the hotter part of the grill, and reverse sear them for 3-4 minutes per side. This will produce a delicious crust on the roast. Watch for burning.
  • Once the roasts have cooked through, remove from grill and place onto a large cutting board. Loosely tent with aluminum foil and let the meat rest for 10-15 minutes. Slice into 1/4' to 1/2' slices, and serve. The leftovers are great in sandwiches!
  • Store leftover sliced roast in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Notes

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Photos in post by: llarouj/depositphotos and Sabrina Baksh/derrickriches.com

Coffee Marinated Tri-Tip Roasts