Tri Tip with Chimichurri Sauce

The Best Tri Tip

If you’re looking for an easy yet amazing Tri Tip recipe, you’ve come to the right place.  This steak is marinated with a rub seasoning, I use on my Texas Style Brisket, with one other secret ingredient that will surprise you.  Plus, it’s topped off with a Chimichurri Sauce that is, out of this world, incredible.  So you get one of the most tender and juicy beef steaks, that is seasoned and seared on the grill and baked to perfection, with one of the best meat condiments ever created.

Cooking a Tri Tip Perfectly

One of the main secrets to a great Tri Tip is locking in the juice with a sear and cooking low and slow.  That means paying real close attention to the internal temperature while it grills, smokes or bakes.  In this recipe I use both the grill and the oven to get the temperature I want.  And since my personal tastes fall into the “medium rare” category, my target temp is around 130 degrees Fahrenheit.  Using an external meat thermometer helps meat get there perfectly because I can monitor the temp, outside of the oven, with out disturbing the cooking process by opening and closing the door.  And this can be done with grills and smokers as well.  So once you’ve decided your preferred cooking method of choice, you can set it and forget it.

Tri Tip Ingredients

1 Trip Tip Steak 3 to 4 lbs.
Salt and Pepper to taste

Brisket Rub
1/2 cup Smoked Paprika
2 tbsp Kosher Salt
2 tbsp Black Pepper
2 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Chili Powder
1 tbsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder

Mix 3 parts Brisket Rub with 1 part Coffee grains.
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Follow the instructions in the Tri Tip video tutorial.

Trout Amandine

The Best Trout Amandine

Trout Amandine is a classic recipe and it just so happens that I live near one of the most popular fly fishing spots in the nation.  You can pull Rainbow, Browns and Cut Throat Trout from several different rivers that are only minutes away from my house.  And, believe me, this recipe will dress to impress any fan of any of those fish.  I’d even dare say that the preparation of this fish can be easily done with Salmon too; at least the way I do it.

Prepare Trout Amandine

For Trout Amandine, I’ll cut and slice a whole cleaned fish, then marinate it in buttermilk, season with salt and pepper, then stuff it with lemon slices and a seafood medley.  At this point you can choose to grill, bake or pan fry the fish.  In this video recipe, I take it to the grill but you can do what you prefer.  After I cook for 5 minutes, I’ll carefully flip the fish over and prepare the topping which consists of fresh ground Almonds, butter, Amaretto and squeeze from a fresh lemon.  I brown the almonds in a pan with some melted butter just before I add the Amaretto and lemon juice and cook over medium low heat till it lightly caramelizes.  By then it’s time to pull the Trout off the grill and smother with the caramelized sauce.

Be sure to check out my Grilled Halibut, Smothered Salmon and my Blackened Chipotle Tilapia recipes!

Grilled Trout Amandine Ingredients:

1 whole Trout
1/2 cup Butter Milk
1 lemon, sliced
2 sprigs fresh Thyme
2 sprigs fresh Parsley
2 sprigs fresh Dill
Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste
Melted Butter for basting

Amandine Sauce
1 tbsp Butter
1/4 cup Almonds, chopped or sliced
2 oz Amaretto

Cook fish over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes on each side and serve with the Trout Amandine Sauce.


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Grilled Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings with Tequila and Lime

The Best Chicken Wings Ever

These Honey Chipotle chicken Wings are, by far, the best wings I have ever had.  They are sweet and savory, they are crispy and spicy yet incredibly tender and juicy on the inside.  They have best flavor of just about any barbecue sauce and we’ll talk about the secret to that in just a minute.  But I definitely think that the grilling definitely takes this recipe to a whole new level.  But don’t let that scare you if you don’t have a grill.  I think these spicy buffalo style wings would still be absolutely fantastic fried in oil or baked in the oven.

Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings Sauce

This Chicken Wing Sauce is phenomenal.  I mean it.  I’t fantastic.  My secret for this recipe is definitely in the sauce.  I use Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce to start, then I add a couple of Chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce and a fresh clove of Garlic but it doesn’t end there.  Since it’s got that pepper spice I balance it out with Tequila and Lime.  Now, of course, the Tequila is optional but the lime is definitely essential because it adds that Mexican style flavor everyone loves in their Mexican food.  But if you’re not shy, I highly recommend following this recipe to a “T” and add that Tequila.  It takes this Honey Chipotle Chicken Wing Sauce to whole new level.

Be sure to check out my Wasabi Chicken Wings and my Ranch Chicken Wings!

Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings Ingredients:

3 to 4 lbs Chicken Wings

Chicken Wing Brine
4 cups Water
1/4 cup Salt
2 cups Ice

Honey Chipotle Sauce
1 cup BBQ Sauce (Sweet Baby Rays)
2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce, blended
1 Garlic Clove, chopped
1/3 cup Honey
2 oz Tequila
1 Lime, freshly squeezed

Grill Chicken Wings over medium heat for 20 minutes, turning every 5.