Slow Cooker Tri-Tip Roast

This recipe for tri-tip in the slow cooker was sort of an accident and mostly the result of a google search, but it turned out to be super delicious, so might as well share it. Confession: I frequently by random cuts of meat because they are on sale and have no idea how I am going to prepare them until I get home and am stuck with the ingredients I have in the house. Tri-tip, which is mostly a west coast cut of beef, goes on sale quite a bit where I shop and mostly we grill it, but now that it is getting dark so early I thought I would try something new. So I googled “tri tip slow cooker” and ended up making a recipe I found on about.com. No joke.

I made a few changes here and there and didn’t really follow the recipe for the herbs/spices. Or measure. So, feel free to try this one or the original.

Slow Cooker Tri-Tip wit Vegetables

Slow Cooker Tri-Tip Roast
Serves 4-6

3 pound tri-tip (substitutions include a thick sirloin, maybe chuck or google says “triangle” roast)

Rub:
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon italian seasoning (or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano + 1/2 teaspoon dried basil)
1 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon cumin
dash cayanne pepper
dash black pepper
dash salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons worsteshire sauce

Vegetables:
1 pound baby potatoes (I used small golden) or full sized potatoes, cubed
1 red onion, peeled and cut in to wedges
3 carrots, peeled and cut in halves or thrids
drizzle of olive oil
1 teaspoon italian seasoning

  1. Combine the rub ingredients and rub on to the meat. Let sit for at least an hour or up to overnight
  2. Put onions, potatoes and carrots in the bottom of a slow cooker. Mix with oil and seasoning.
  3. Place meat on top of seasoned vegetables, cover and cook on low 8-10 hours or high 4-5 hours
  4. Removed meat from slow cooker and slice or shred. Remove vegetables with a slotted spoon. Can be served with the meat juices au jus style, but I would separate some of the fat out before serving.
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One Response to “Slow Cooker Tri-Tip Roast”

  1. Jackie says:

    I’ve heard of tri tip before but never knew that it was more of a west coast thing.. I wonder why.

    I pinned this because I’m always looking for a new way to do roast in a crock pot and these seasonings are different from my normal. I would think it’d be a lot more flavorful.

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