Harissa Marinated Tri-Tip 4 Comments

Aug 27, 2011

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!

Harissa Marinated Tri-Tip (Image 2)


½ cup harissa paste
2 tablespoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ cup olive oil
6 medium garlic cloves, minced
2 x(2-pound) tri-tip roast



Prep Time

6 hours plus

Cook Time

30-45 minutes


Combine harissa, salt, pepper, olive oil, and garlic until well blended. Rub marinade all over tri-tip, coating it well. Cover tri-tip and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for over 6 hours.

Grill for about 30-45 minutes, to your liking. Let rest for 10 minutes. Slice against the grain.



Filed Under

Beef, Sauces| Rubs| Blends and BBQ

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Hey, it's been a while since I've seen you around. Thanks for stopping by:-) I love harissa and this looks delightful. I bet the leftovers would make great sandwiches!

Marc @ NoRecipes, over 4 years ago

Yes, my friend aka Jane Spice came through on this one. The Tri Tip was consumed faster than the salmon, an oddity in San Francisco. Recipes like this make it easy to be a bachelor :)

—Brian, over 4 years ago

That looks like a great idea for a feeding a large group - and the image makes it look pretty mouth-watering. Shame it's a little way off BBQ season here in the UK!

Henry, over 4 years ago

Oh, my favourate beefs.

strobe light, over 3 years ago

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