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What part of California are you from?

1 Dec

What does “tri-tip” mean to you?

To me, it means California.  That’s where I learned about it, and that’s where it’s really popular.   Here in Vermont, when someone asks for a triangle tip roast, I usually say, “what part of California are you from?”

Tri-tip is actually the tail of the sirloin.  In California they take the tail off the sirloin before they slice it so it comes off in one piece and it’s shaped like a triangle.

Ta da! Tri-tip roast.  A fabulous cut of meat.

Here in Vermont they used to slice the sirloin with a bone in it and they sliced the triangle tip as well.  And I remember one of the largest supermarkets here got a whole case of tri-tips shipped to them by mistake by their wholesaler.  And instead of placing them on display, they ground them up  for hamburger.
Had no idea what to do with them.

Go figure.