This is everything you want from a steak – juicy, tender, succulent flavor. It’s also everything I want from a recipe – almost no effort at all. Most of the time I look forward to cooking over the weekend because I get to enjoy the process. But sometimes I just want to forget about any and all responsibilities and spend as much time in front of the television as I can. This was one of those weekends. I was just not feeling up to prepping a big meal. I was really not feeling up to doing much at all, but there are these two kids I’m responsible for, so it wasn’t like I had a choice about that. But I did have a choice about dinner. And I chose the easy way out.
Whenever I’m looking for a no-fuss meal I tend to go with steak. It’s almost too easy, just light the grill and you’re in business. A tri-tip cut of beef is one of my favorites. It’s wonderfully tender without all the fat of a rib eye. I happen to think that this easy marinade takes the flavor of this particular cut from great to out of this world. There’s definitely no need to visit a steakhouse when you can have this meal in the comfort of your own kitchen in half the time and half the price. Plus, at home, no one stares at you when you come to dinner in your sweatpants and fuzzy socks.
Marinated Tri Tip Steak
serves 2 – 4 (depending on your appetite)
3 Tablespoons soy sauce or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1 Tablespoon water
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1.5 pound tri tip steak
Mix together soy sauce (or Liquid Aminos), water, red wine vinegar, garlic, and black pepper in a shallow dish. Place tri tip in dish and turn several times to coat with marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours, or overnight.
Preheat grill. Place tri tip in center of grill over medium heat and cover. Let cook 5 minutes. Turn over and cook 4 more minutes, or until it reaches your desired level of doneness. Remove from grill and let rest about 5 minutes. Slice diagonally into 1/2″ thick pieces and serve warm.
Round out this meal with these addictingly crunchy Sweet Potato Oven Fries.
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