Tri-Tip with Pomegranate BBQ Sauce and Caramelized Onions

 

OK meat lovers, this one is for you! This is the Organic Kitchen’s “Tri-tip with Pomegranate BBQ Sauce and Caramelized Onions”.
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 Let’s Talk Tri-Tip:

Tri tip was originally a California cut of beef that has gained popularity because it is great for grilling and has superior flavor. The beef pictured  happens to be grass fed.

The Organic Kitchen Tri-Tip with Pomegranate BBQ sauce and Caramelized Onions

YOU MAY BE WONDERING “WHY GRASS FED?”

I know beef companies proudly tout “corn fed” like it’s a good thing, but it’s not. Corn is not a cow’s natural food, grass is. Corn and other grains make cows sick and when they get sick they are pumped with antibiotics, which are passed right along to you. In fact, conventional grain-fed beef is twice as likely to contain dangerous bacteria resistant to antibiotics than grass fed beef. No bueno.

Grass fed cows make superior meat too. Yep, it tastes better and is better for you. The meat from grass fed cows is higher in the healthy omega 3 fats and lower in the inflammation causing omega 6 fats. And it’s nice to know these cows live a better life than those that live in overcrowded feedlots.

ButcherBox delivers grass fed beef right to your doorstep!

 

Now, I mention grass fednot only so you can learn about the health benefits but because it actually cooks 35% faster than corn raised beef because it has less marbling. Which means if you use grass fed beef you need to do some math…or get your kids to do it.

This dish has so much flavor! We use garlic, cumin, and chipotle chili powder to spice up our BBQ sauce and pomegranate juice and honey to sweeten it. Apple cider vinegar gives it some zing and and liquid smoke finishes it off nicely. Liquid smoke (affiliate link) is literally what it sounds like and adds a smoky flavor to our beef. Now if all this deliciousness wasn’t enough we top it off with sweet caramelized onions. Seriously, these caramelized onions put this recipe over the top!

The Organic Kitchen Tri-Tip with Pomegranate BBQ sauce and Caramelized Onions

The Key to caramelizing onions is patience! Cook them slowly until they are browned (this takes about 25 minutes) then drizzle with balsamic reduction, sometimes called balsamic glaze. (affiliate links)

The Recipe: Tri-Tip with Pomegranate BBQ Sauce and Caramelized Onions

You will need: soy sauce or coconut aminos if you live soy free,  liquid smokeBalsamic Glaze and sea salt (affiliate links) This recipe is gluten and grain free.

5 from 7 votes
Tri-Tip with Pomegranate BBQ Sauce and Caramelized Onions
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

Tri tips smothered in BBQ sauce and topped with caramelized onions! You can make the sauce a couple of days in advance.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: BBQ
Keyword: crowd pleaser, grilling recipe, summer recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
The BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper powder available in the spice aisle
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup organic ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 
 if you avoid soy use coconut aminos
  • 1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke available in supermarkets or have it delivered to your door
  • Top with caramelized onions. Recipe below
The Caramelized Onions:
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 med red onions halved, thinly sliced
  • 2 T Balsamic Glaze
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
The Tri-Tip
  • Garlic powder
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 1 3/4 pound beef loin tri-tip roasts trimmed of all but 1/4 inch of fat (preferably grass fed)
  • Pomegranate Barbecue Sauce recipe above
  • Caramelized Onions recipe above
  • Chives chopped for garnish
Instructions
  1. For BBQ Sauce: Have all ingredients prepped and measured out so you are ready to go! Heat olive oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, cumin, and chipotle chile powder; stir 1 minute. Add pom juice and simmer 2 minutes. Gently whisk in ketchup, soy sauce (or coconut aminos), and liquid smoke; simmer 2 minutes longer. Take off heat, stir in honey and apple cider vinegar. Allow to cool and then refrigerate until use.
  2. For onions: Melt butter in large pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until deep golden brown, stirring occasionally. The caramelizing process should take about 25-30 minutes. When onions are nice a brown, sprinkle with a couple pinches of sea salt and a few turns of fresh pepper. Remove from heat and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Stir. Place atop tri-tip.
  3. For tri-tip: Prepare barbecue and heat to 400 degrees (medium-high heat). Sprinkle tri-tip lightly with garlic-powder, salt and pepper. Grill tri-tips (lid closed) 5 minutes per side (no sauce) on medium high heat so you get those nice grill marks. Reduce heat to medium-low (375 degrees). Brush both sides of tri-tip with sauce and flip every 7-8 minutes till done, about 30 minutes for medium rare (If using grass fed beef take off about 7-9 minutes). Remember, the tri-tips will keep cooking after they are removed from the grill! So always take them off when they are rarer than what you want! Transfer tri-tips to work surface; cover and let stand 8 minutes (allows juices to redistribute). Slice and place on platter. Top with caramelized onions and chives, serve.

 

5 from 7 votes
Pomegranate BBQ Sauce
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

A delicious BBQ sauce that is easy to make!

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crowd pleaser, grilling recipe, party recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper powder available in the spice aisle
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup organic ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 
 if you avoid soy use coconut aminos
  • 1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke available in supermarkets or have it delivered to your door
  • Top with caramelized onions. Recipe below
Instructions
  1. Have all ingredients prepped and measured out so you are ready to go!
  2. Heat olive oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add garlic, cumin, and chipotle chile powder; stir 1 minute.
  4. Add pom juice and simmer 2 minutes.
  5. Gently whisk in ketchup, soy sauce (or coconut aminos), and liquid smoke; simmer 2 minutes longer.
  6. Take off heat, stir in honey and apple cider vinegar.
  7. Allow to cool and then refrigerate until use.

 

5 from 7 votes
Caramelized Onions
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

The perfect flavor for steaks and salads.

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic recipe, how to
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 med red onions halved, thinly sliced
  • 2 T Balsamic Glaze
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in large pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until deep golden brown, stirring occasionally. The caramelizing process should take about 25-30 minutes. When onions are nice a brown, sprinkle with a couple pinches of sea salt and a few turns of fresh pepper. Remove from heat and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Stir. Place atop tri-tip.

 

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