I’m about to tell you how to make the superstar dish of your holiday season: Cranberry Glazed Tri-Tip Roast, but I am also going to tell you a little bit about my recent trip to Wooster, Ohio, working with a Certified Angus Beef® brand world class chef.
Cranberry Glazed Tri-Tip is a tender piece of beef that pairs perfectly with a sweet cranberry-orange glaze for a perfect roast on the grill, smoker or even in the oven.
I recently had the pleasure of spending time in the Certified Angus Beef® brand test kitchen working with world renowned chef, Chef Tony Biggs. Together we created some memorable and fun new flavors for you to serve to your guests this holiday season.
I was super excited to use a new toy they had in their kitchen, a stove top smoker and a cut of beef I don’t see too much of in Baltimore, tri-tip. Tri-tip seems to be the most popular on the west coast, and even more specifically Santa Maria, you can ask your butcher for this specific cut of meat.
Tri-tip is a three-pointed, flag shaped cut from the bottom sirloin. Tender, easy to prepare and less expensive than other cuts, it is a really an underutilized gem. If you can’t get your hands on a tri-tip roast, use a another sirloin cut.
I also understand that not everyone has a stove-top smoker at home and while I don’t either, I think I’ll be adding it to my Christmas list. This dandy little thing gave me all of the flavor from a large, time consuming smoker in just 45 minutes!
Varying models range from $40-$100. Just make sure to get a large enough size for the items you plan to smoke. Even the large size will not accommodate more than 4 or 5 pounds.
If you don’t own a smoker, just use the oven for the main cooking process and finish on the grill for a nice char and to allow the cranberry glaze to caramelize. Let’s also say that if you have any glaze left over, it tastes pretty amazing drizzled over vanilla ice cream, bread pudding, pancakes, waffles or buttermilk biscuits.
If you love this Cranberry Glazed Tri-Tip Roast, you’ll love these other beefy recipes!
- Sous Vide Steak au Poivre
- Instant Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs
- Easy Cube Steak
- Steak Rub
- Short Rib Soup
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Best side dishes to serve with your tri-tip:
- Homemade Mashed Potatoes
- Roast Asparagus
- Charred Broccolini
- Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
- Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Cranberry Glazed Tri-Tip Roast Recipe
- 3 lb tri-tip roast or other sirloin roast
- 3 tablespoon coarse sea salt
- 3 tablespoons black pepper freshly ground
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons green tea
- 1/2 cup white rice
- 1 1/2 cups oak smoking chips finely chopped
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 cups sugar
- 12 ounces fresh cranberries
- 1 cup Chambord
- Zest of one orange
- 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- In a small bowl, mix coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Rub roast with olive oil and then massage with salt and pepper. Allow to sit for 1 hour to 24 hours before smoking or roasting.
- If smoking, place green tea, rice and wood chips in the bottom of smoker, heat over high until it starts to smoke. Add roast and smoke on stove top for 15 minutes before transferring to a 400 degree oven. If roasting, place roast in a large roasting pan in a 400 degree oven. Both ways, roast for 40-45 minutes or until roast registers 135 degrees.
- Meanwhile, place orange juice through cranberries in a large sauce pan. Heat and stir over medium-high heat until cranberries burst open and mixture starts to make a syrup.
- Remove from heat and place mixture in a blender or food processor and blend on high until mixture is smooth. Add Chambord through nutmeg and blend again.
- Run mixture through fine mesh sieve to remove any solids. Return mixture to sauce pan and medium-high heat. Add cranberry juice and reduce by half.
- When tri-tip is done roasting, heat grill to high heat. Baste with cranberry glaze and char on each side for 2-3 minutes.
- Slice against the grain and serve with a side of cranberry glaze.
That is such a gorgeous dish – like everyone I’m seriously drooling for it! Thanks for the giveaway as well, just in time for some holiday cooking!
The glaze looks incredible! We have a smoker and use it all the time. I’ll have to try your recipe.
OMG that is GORGEOUS! I definitely need to make this. Plus – I’ve been dyin’ to get one of those smokers for the kitchen. No time like the present, right 🙂
So interesting to use cranberry with beef. An unusual combination that sounds really intriguing.
I want some of that so bad!
I love Tri Tip and cranberries, and I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks!
Oh my goodness, Chambord in the glaze? Yes please! I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a tri-tip here, either, but I will be on the lookout. I neeed myself a stovetop smoker!
That first picture is amazing! And the beef looks amazing. That’s the American food I miss the most!
Cooked to perfection!! A super idea to make during the holidays!!
I am such a big fan of cranberries right now, so I loved how you put them in the glaze!
That meat looks luscious and what a great giveaway!
What a fantastic giveaway, but even more delicious is that edible image of your cranberry glazed tri-tip roast! Looks so good!!
We have tri-tip often and it’s always SO good! I love that it’s a bit less expensive than other cuts of beef and it tastes great on the grill, too!
This is all kinds of delicious looking.
This was delicious!!!
Wow, what a stunning roast. You have me drooling at 8am 🙂
This looks fantastic! Pinning too!
beautiful. I love that you favor savory recipes. You just can’t live off of cookies and cakes!
Ooh this looks so delicious!!!
THAT.GLAZE….was amazing!! And so was the Tri-Tip! I was so fun to be on your cooking team with Tony at CAB…hope to see you soon Jessica!
Thanks so much, Martha, it was a blast! Hubby keeps asking when I’m going to make both this and YOUR Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls!
Hi there, hubby and I are on our third time making this. I keep coming back to read through the comments to see if there is any update on the 2 cups divided sugar. I don’t know If we are missing something, but what do you do with the sugar? We have just been adding 1 cup to the sauce mixture. Many thanks for a fab recipe!
Hi April!!! I’m glad you love the recipe. I’m going back looking through my notes and I’m not sure why I write divided- it is just 2 cups, although I’m sure it still tastes fabulous with only 1 cup, just slightly more bitter. Thank you for pointing that out to me!
Thank you so much! We have enjoyed it SO much! At what point do you add the sugar? The directions don’t specify. I guess maybe it doesn’t matter because it has been working out for us. Seriously, our fave. In fact we are going on holiday to Hawaii and are going to make it for some friends after we renew our vows.. THAT’S how much we LOVE! Thanks again!
Step #3 is to add OJH through cranberries, which would include the sugar 🙂