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Coffee Marinated Tri-Tip Roasts

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These coffee marinated tri-tip roasts are packed full of delicious, rich beefy flavor! Perfect for cookouts, meal planning, and even Sunday dinner!

Cooked coffee marinated Tri-tip roast, sliced and on a platter.

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. 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. Optimal doneness for this cut is medium-rare to medium. Refer to our steak temperature guide for more information.

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 8 hours. If you plan to marinate them longer than 8 hours, I recommend preparing the marinade without salt. Once marinated, season the tri-tip roasts with salt a few minutes before it hits the grill. 

tri tip roast on grill 1
Image by: Sabrina Baksh/derrickriches.com

Grilling Coffee Marinated Tri-Tip Roasts:

  • Preheat grill for 275 degrees F or set up 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 an internal temperature of 125 degrees.
  • Move roasts over to the hotter part of the grill, and reverse sear them for 3 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

These coffee marinated tri-tip roasts are packed full of delicious, rich beefy flavor. Perfect for cookouts and weekly meal planning..
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: coffe marinated tri tip, grilled tri tip, tri tp
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 377kcal

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 6-8 hours.
    *If you plan to marinate the roasts for longer than 8 hours, prepare the marinade without salt. Twenty minutes before grilling, remove the meat from the marinade, and season with salt.
  • 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 an internal temperature of 125 degrees F. Medium-rare is preferred for this cut. 
    Move roasts over to the hotter part of the grill, and reverse sear them for 3 minutes per side. This will produce a delicious crust on the roast. Watch for burning.
    If using a pellet grill, remove the roasts and increase the heat of your grill to 500 degrees. Once fully heated, place the roasts back on the grill. Sear for 3 minutes per side.
  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1590mg | Potassium: 911mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 3mg

Derrick Riches

I began writing about Barbecue & Grilling in 1997 with one mission, to help the backyard chef have the best experience possible.

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