- 2 pounds trimmed well-marbled tri-tip
½ cup fresh orange juice (from 2 oranges)
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup olive oil
½ onion, sliced
4 garlic cloves, smashed
- ½ teaspoon dried red chile flakes
- 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 20 padrón or shishito peppers
- ½ teaspoon flaky sea salt
- ½ teaspoon sumac
- Orange wedges (optional)
- Chimichurri Sauce
- Combine tri-tip, orange juice, soy sauce, oil, onion, garlic, and chile flakes in a large resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight, turning the bag halfway through the marinating process.
- Prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking. Pat beef dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Over direct heat, sear the fat side of the beef for 2 to 3 minutes to create some caramelization. Turn the beef over and place on indirect heat (you are basically using your grill like an oven at this point). Cover and continue to cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the beef registers 120°F for rare or 130°F for medium rare, turning occasionally, 20 to 25 minutes. Let beef rest for 15 minutes.
- While beef rests, prepare peppers. In a large skillet, heat oil on medium-high heat until hot. Add the peppers and sauté until they begin to blister, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add sea salt and sumac and toss to coat.
- Thinly slice the meat perpendicular to the grain. Surround with peppers, oranges (if desired), and sauce.
Raj tells me... A light, fresh cab franc from Chinon is excellent with this dish; we like Catherine & Pierre Breton Chinon “Beaumont” from the Loire and Habit Cabernet Franc from Santa Ynez Valley.