Grilled Beef Tri-tip with Onion Blossoms

Grilled Rubbed Beef Tri-Tip onion Blossoms
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Onions and beef pair together very well, so this tri-tip is rubbed first and then served with some delicious onion blossoms.

Beef Tri-tip is absolutely mouth watering. It’s been a staple in the California BBQ world, and is just now catching on in the rest of the U.S. and Canada. So, what is it?  The Tri-tip is a rectangular piece of meat that is located under the bottom of the sirloin. It is triangular in shape and when it’s grilled it is absolutely delicious. Tri-tips range in size from 2-3 pounds.

You can use any type of onions from Vidalia to white. Once they are tender, they become sweet.

The final result is a beautiful and tasty plate. I also grilled some red peppers to serve with the Tri-tip and onion blossoms. It was a good combination, but feel free to use your imagination. Enjoy.



Grilled Rubbed Beef Tri-Tip onion Blossoms



Onion Blossoms

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 4 medium white onions
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon butcher-grind black pepper


  1. Preheat half the grill to medium high heat.
  2. Peel onions, leaving root intact.
  3. Cut onions vertically, stopping 1/2-inch from the root.
  4. Turn the knife 90 degrees and make additional vertical cuts, stopping 1/2-inch from the root.
  5. Place each onion in a nest of foil to help support and keep the cut sides upright.
  6. Drizzle olive oil onto each onion and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Place onions on hot side of the grill for 20 minutes or until they begin softening.
  8. Remove onions to the cool side of the grill and continue to cook until completely soft. They will start to fall apart into the blossom shape.
  9. To serve, place 1 teaspoon of butter onto each blossom.
  10. Serve hot.

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