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We recently visited the newly remodeled Phoenix (43rd Ave and McDowell) Smart & Final store (that has been turned into an “Extra” store) to see all the changes they made.

This store now has more bulk foods, whole foods, gravity bins for grains, nut and healthy snacks – overall just more! They had a lot going on while we were there and it was obvious people were excited about the remodel.

We bought some ingredients to create one of our favorite BBQ recipes on an often looked over cut of meat – tri-tip. Ideally you’d let this marinade overnight for the best results but at least give it a couple of hours.

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Marinated Tri-Tip
A simple grain free paleo diet friendly tri-tip marinade perfect for a holiday weekend BBQ.
  • 2-3 lbs Tri-tip
  • 1 tbsp Oregano
  • 1 tbsp Rosemary
  • 1 tsp Stone Ground Mustard
  • 1 tsp Raw honey
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • dash Red pepper flakes
  • to taste Salt and Pepper
  • 2 cloves Garlic Minced
Finely chop the oregano and rosemary (you can use dried as well) and place in a medium bowl.Add mustard, honey, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes (if using), salt and pepper to the bowl.Mix wellPour marinade into a large freezer bag or sealed container and allow to sit overnight or at least for a few hours.Place on pre-heated grill (on high) for a few minutes until seared.Turn over until the other side is seared.Reduce heat to Medium-High and cook until internal temp reaches 145F turning once or twice.Allow to sit for a few minutes before cutting.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8

(Click on image below for more step photos!)

We also threw some peppers and onions (drizzled with olive oil and salt and pepper) in a foil wrap onto the grill to go with the steak.

I love the leftovers with eggs in the morning!

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Allison Waken is the founder, writer, photographer, and content creator of All for the Memories and All for the Boys.


  1. Carolyn West Reply

    My mouth is watering just over your photos. I wish my tri-tip came out looking this delicious. #client

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