Beer Marinated Tri-Tip with Housemade Fries

Beer Marinated Tri Tip Each year in San Diego, we experience two unpleasant phenomena know as Gray May and June Gloom.  Those of us living close to the coast are subjected to an almost constant cloud cover generated by the Pacific Ocean.  I’m not sure why the cover is more prominent during these two months, but it’s definitely annoying.  Even though this year’s dreariness was not as bad as previous years, I still found myself a bit more sluggish in the mornings, and yearning for a beautiful sunset to gaze at in the evenings.

As July approaches, the days seem to be clearing up with rays of sunshine warding off the drainbows.  This past weekend, I decided to take advantage of one of these sunny days by firing up the grill and making this Beer Marinated Tri-Tip.  Full flavored beef tri-tip is marinated in a bold blend of dark beer, pomegranate molasses, garlic and crushed red pepper.  The finished steak has the most incredible crust just packed with savory, mouthwatering flavor.  The perfect accompaniment to this tri-tip?  Crispy, salty housemade oven fries.  Yum.  Continue reading for the recipes.

Beer and Pomegranate Molassas Beer Marinated Tri-Tip
Adapted from here.

12 ounces dark beer (I used a fancy Espresso Porter, but Guinness would also work really well here)
1/3 cup pomegranate molasses
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flake
2 1/2 pounds tri-tip, trimmed of excess fat
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Barbeque Add beer, pomegranate molasses, garlic and red pepper flake to a large bowl, stirring to combine.  Submerge tri-tip into the marinade.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  Flip tri-tip in the marinade halfway through the waiting period (in the morning).

If you are using a charcoal grill, be sure to spread your briquettes into a slope.  Half of the grill will be used for direct cooking (to get a nice crust on the outside) and the other half will be used for indirect cooking (to fully cook the meat without burning it).

About 30 minutes before you plan on putting the tri-tip on the grill, take the meat out of the refrigerator.  Remove the tri-tip from the marinade and set aside to bring to room temperature.  Pour the marinade into a small, heavy bottom pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the mixture has reduce by half (you can simply simmer the sauce until you are ready to use it – see below).

Season the steak generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Once the tri-tip has come to room temperature, place it on the hottest part of the grill.  Cook for 5 minutes on each side, then move to the cooler part of the grill.  Baste with reduced marinade.  Cover and cook until thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the beef reaches 135°F (for medium-rare), turning occasionally and basting with marinade (15 – 30 minutes depending on the thickness of your tri-tip).

Transfer the meat to a cutting board and let stand for 5 minutes.  Slice across the grain and serve immediately.

Makes 6 servings.

Housemade Fries Housemade Fries

Russet potatoes
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375°F.  If your oven has a convection option, use it.

Prepare 1 potato per person.  Cut potato in half then cut each half into three slices widthwise.  Cut each slice into even-sized fries lengthwise.  Place fries in a large bowl and toss with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a few pinches of kosher salt and many turns of freshly ground black pepper.  The fries should be coated in oil, but not swimming in oil.

Transfer fries from the bowl to a baking sheet.  Do not crowd the baking sheet.  If you find you have too many fries for one sheet, use two baking sheets.  Season with additional kosher salt and back pepper if needed (sometimes the seasonings get left in the bowl).

Bake until golden brown and crispy (35 – 45 minutes depending on if you are using convention or not), turning the fries occasionally.


  1. Norma says

    Unfortunately a New York City apartment does not come with an outdoor grill…but I might try this on stove top.  Still have some pomegranate molasses and married to my Irish man, there is always beer in the house:P.

  2. Cheryl says

    What do you think would be a good substitute for the pomegranate molasses? I think it might be hard to come by in Central Oregon.

    • says

      Hi Cheryl, pomegranate molasses is pretty unique.  You can find cheap bottles on if you have the time to wait for a delivery.  If you need a quicker option, try making pomegranate molasses at home.  Bring 4 cups pomegranate juice, 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for about an hour (will reduce down to about 1 cup of liquid).  Cool then enjoy!

      If that still isn’t an option, perhaps try a balsamic reduction (balsamic vinegar and sugar cooked down).

  3. Guggtan says

    This looks amazing!  I definitely want to give it a try.  Would you think a recipe like this would work with chicken?

  4. says

    I had some pomegranate molasses left after a baking project and was searching for a way to use it when I stumbled across this delicious recipe! The trip-tip was incredibly tender with a great crust – we all enjoyed our dinner.

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