A few years ago I got hooked on tri tip steaks and had a bountiful supply from my local Costco. It was quickly turning into my favorite steak when, without any warning, Costco stopped carrying the cut.
The butcher said Costco stopped carrying it because there wasn’t enough demand which absolutely blew my mind!
Since then I have found two excellent online suppliers of tri tip and between them the cut is almost always available.
Two Places to Buy Tri Tip Roasts Online
I am now buying all of my tri tips from either Snake River Farms or Porter Road. The product produced by these companies are extremely different on many different levels.
My preferred supplier is Porter Road but you will also get a great product from Snake River Farms.
Tri Tip from Porter Road
- Cost: $21
- Grade: Upper Choice/Prime
- Breed: Angus (Black or Red)
- Ageing: Dry Aged for 14 days
- Link: Porter Road
Porter Road is a butcher shop based in Nashville, TN that you WANT to do business with.
Selling high end kick butt quality meat is only half of what they do. The other half is that they only source their meat from local family farmers who practice humane animal husbandry and raise their beef on pasture.
Porter Road does not support industrial agricultural factory farms where the steers stand knee deep in manure and are fed an unending stream of tax subsidized corn.
When you buy a tri tip from Porter Road you are buying a premium steak from a cow that was raised ethically by a small farmer from Tennessee or Kentucky.
Porter Road has their own meat processing plant in Kentucky. Since they are handling all aspects of production they do not hire an USDA Inspector to formally grade the meat as either Choice or Prime. However, Angus beef is extremely well marbled and will almost always grade out at either the high end of Choice or as Prime.
This is excellent beef that has been dry aged for 14 days.
At $21 this stuff is a screaming bargain.
Tri Tip from Snake River Farms
Snake River Farms offers two grades of tri tip, American Waygu and Choice
American Waygu Tri Tip
- Cost: $79
- Grade: Better than Prime
- Breed: American Waygu
- Ageing: Wet Aged for 21 days
- Link: Snake River Farms Waygu
American Waygu beef has the highest amount of marbling possible and is as close to the famed Kobe beef from Japan that you will ever get. The marbling on these steaks is simply incredible. Waygu beef always grades much higher than Prime and is a delicacy that everyone should try at least once.
If you are unfamiliar with Snake River Farms then here is a nice video introduction.
If you have ever wanted to try American Waygu then this is one of the most affordable and delicious ways of doing so.
Choice Tri Tip
- Cost: $55
- Grade: Choice
- Breed: English Cross
- Ageing: Wet Aged for 21 days
- Link: Snake River Farms Double R Tri Tip
The folks at Snake River Farms have a “sister brand” called Double R Ranch. The products from Double R Ranch are from English Cross cattle and they typically grade out at Choice or better. These are products for folks that want high quality beef but don’t want to go all out for Waygu.
The Double R Ranch tri tips are great but for I like the ones from Porter Road better. The flip side is that the guys at Porter Road have a hard time keeping them in stock while Snake River has a much steadier supply.
How to Grill a Tri Tip
I figured you might enjoy a video or two on how to grill a tri tip.
The first video is from Chef Tom at All Things Barbecue. It shows how to cook this cut using a Reverse Sear technique.
The second video is from T-Roy cooks and shows the Santa Maria grilling style which is how tri tip is traditionally cooked in California.
Here are the links to purchase your tri tip online again:
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