So, let me preface this by saying that I had second thoughts about a tri tip after reading some posts. I bought one at 1:00, called a friend to have him and his gf come over for dinner. Then I read up on tri tip, and I thought, my god, what have I gotten myself into. Well, you can't be half pregnant, and there was no plan B, so we went ahead with it. I smoked this piece of meat for almost 2 hours then it hit the grill for a few minutes. An hour later I was left with this: I've got a million things to say about the posts and debates and threads I've read, but I'm just going to say this: I'm going to cook these up pretty frequently. It was more well done than I intended, but it was frickin' delicious and tender and juicy. Just like one of my other favorite cuts of beef, the flank, I can see how important how you cut it is. I could see the difference in pieces just as the grain of the meat moved, but my cutting angle stayed the same. I just need to find them at a better price. I paid $9.99/lb for this 2 and a half pounder. That hurt, considering I've learned here that it would normally be ground up and sold as hamburger. Oh, and we served it up as a sandwich. I told everybody I'd never eaten it before and to eat it how you like. We all ate a piece or two just plain, and a sandwich with Boar's Head horseradish cheddar cheese on a french baguette. I mixed up a doctored sauce based on KC masterpiece.