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Brazilian BBQ at Home Using Tri-Tip (Alcatra)

Brazilian BBQ at Home Using Tri-Tip (Alcatra)

Brazilian BBQ at Home Using Tri-Tip (Alcatra)

So let’s dive into this delicious cut of meat that’s always juicy and scrumptious. Trip-tip roast is extremely easy to make and there are so many ways of seasoning it. It’s Brazilian name is Alcatra and is the second favorite cut for Brazilian BBQ. If you have kids who aren’t crazy about seasonings, a nice rock salt rub is enough to bring out the meaty flavor. In fact, most Brazilian barbecues only use rock salt. This way the natural flavors of the meat is accentuated and not overwhelmed by powerful herb and spices. Don’t get me wrong, herbs and spices are delicious, too. However, true Brazilian BBQ mostly uses salt. Not even freshly ground pepper. Of course, to really experience Brazilian BBQ you would need a rotisserie on your grill, but we can fake it and still enjoy this delicacy from down south. South America, that is.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Brazilian


  • 3 lbs trip tip roast approximately
  • 3 tablespoons of table salt OR
  • 4 tablespoons of rock salt


  • In a large roast pan place the tri tip and rub it with salt on all sides. Marinate it for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.

OVEN: If you choose to use the oven, roast the tri tip in an oven safe roast pan at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45-55 minutes whole. 20-30 minutes if the tri tip was cut into strips.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit or turn the outdoor grill on high.
  • If you are in a hurry to get dinner on the table, cut the tri-tip in 2-inch strips. If you are not in a hurry, cook the roast whole to get the juiciest roast.

GRILL: If you choose to use the grill, roast the tri tip for about 45-55 minutes whole, turning it every 5 minutes. 15-25 minutes if the tri tip was cut into strips. When the meat is done roasting, set it aside and let it rest under some foil paper for 10-15 minutes.


    TIP: All ovens and grills are different and the best way to know how meat is cooking is by taking its temperature.
    The best tool you can have when roasting meats is an internal thermometer to take the temperature of the food. Here’s the internal temperature you’ll need based on your favorite doneness:
    RARE 120 degrees Fahrenheit
    MEDIUM RARE 130 degrees Fahrenheit
    MEDIUM 140 degrees Fahrenheit
    WELL DONE 160 degrees Fahrenheit
    Enjoy your FOOD and your MONEY that’s abeancountersway.com/to-cooking


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