My friend Brian loves to entertain, but like most of us gets stuck on what to make for a big crowd of people. His request to me: “I’m having 20-30 people over for a BBQ. Would like to use the grill, the recipe needs to be full proof, and needs to be easy to prepare. I’m no Martha Stewart.”
After several emails, we decided that tri-tip was the way to go. It’s an affordable cut of meat, great for crowds and is easy to prepare.
To jazz up the tri-tip we bought pre-made harissa in a tub. You can buy harissa as a paste or as a spice rub. I have used both varieties, and both work great. Most harissa recipes include, cumin, coriander, red chili and caraway seeds, combined with garlic and a few other ingredients.
We added garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil to the harissa paste, then rubbed the tri-tip with the marinade and let sit in the fridge for over six hours.
Indeed the harissa marinated tri-tip was full-proof. The meat was tender and moist, and tasted exceptional with the harissa spice rub. The harissa marinade doesn’t dominate the tri-tip. You should try this at your next event. It’s a crowd pleaser.
P.S You can leave this marinade overnight in the fridge. It will taste even better!