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Braised tri tip - good choice?

#1 Post by Todd F r e n c h » December 19th, 2018, 7:57 am

I've got some lovely tri-tip with a great fat cap on it (pics below) and planned to make my red wine braised short ribs recipe this week. I'd love to use this tri tip instead, but wanted to get opinions of the FAR better cooks on this forum to see if I should use it, or just go buy short ribs.

Here's the recipe - it's insanely good btw: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cla ... pe-1949770

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#2 Post by scamhi » December 19th, 2018, 8:02 am

short ribs have much more intramuscular fat that will stand up better to braising. Buy short ribs and reverse sear that tri-tip another day
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#3 Post by ybarselah » December 19th, 2018, 9:35 am

that's exactly right.
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#4 Post by Andrew Kotowski » December 19th, 2018, 9:42 am

scamhi wrote:
December 19th, 2018, 8:02 am
short ribs have much more intramuscular fat that will stand up better to braising. Buy short ribs and reverse sear that tri-tip another day
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#5 Post by Brian Tuite » December 19th, 2018, 12:49 pm

Trini-tip is a grilling meat not a braising meat. Don’t waste your time.
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#6 Post by Alan Rath » December 19th, 2018, 2:26 pm

If you try, let us know. I've got a Costco pack in the freezer that is almost as marbled as prime short ribs, was going to try braising.

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#7 Post by Andrew Kotowski » December 19th, 2018, 2:37 pm

Alan Rath wrote:
December 19th, 2018, 2:26 pm
If you try, let us know. I've got a Costco pack in the freezer that is almost as marbled as prime short ribs, was going to try braising.
I'd bet the farm you don't have a fat cap like that on it. Costco (along with Whole Foods, Safeway and most other places) gets their tri-tip pre-cut. I don't recall if their Snake River cuts have a fat cap, but that is Christmas on a grill. I'd hate to see that wasted.

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#8 Post by Alan Rath » December 19th, 2018, 3:41 pm

No, no fat cap, just looks like good quality short ribs. Already sliced into ~1-2" strips.

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#9 Post by Andrew Kotowski » December 19th, 2018, 6:29 pm

Alan Rath wrote:
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No, no fat cap, just looks like good quality short ribs. Already sliced into ~1-2" strips.
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#10 Post by Jason T » December 19th, 2018, 7:11 pm

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
December 19th, 2018, 2:37 pm
Alan Rath wrote:
December 19th, 2018, 2:26 pm
If you try, let us know. I've got a Costco pack in the freezer that is almost as marbled as prime short ribs, was going to try braising.
I'd bet the farm you don't have a fat cap like that on it. Costco (along with Whole Foods, Safeway and most other places) gets their tri-tip pre-cut. I don't recall if their Snake River cuts have a fat cap, but that is Christmas on a grill. I'd hate to see that wasted.

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#11 Post by Andrew Kotowski » December 19th, 2018, 7:20 pm

I score/poke holes in it and let it baste the meat. Personal experience is that I get a juicier result afterwards, and I'm generally willing to trade that off for an additional side of browned meat (i.e. what the cap is covering).

Additionally, I look at it a lot like brisket; I enjoy a little bit of fat with the meat while I'm eating it. Scored fat, with seasoning in it, is awesome. Probably not the healthiest thing in the world, but just how I like it.

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