The tri-tip is lean beef – especially for Wagyu. This flavorful cut comes from the bottom sirloin, and is sometimes overlooked for more impressive cuts. The tri-tip is a secret waiting to be discovered.
Try it grilled whole, then sliced thin against the grain. Or cube it for kabobs or chili; cut into strips for stir frys or fajitas. Think of it as an alternative to skirt steak. Slice it thin for sandwiches and salads.
This cut is sometimes called Santa Maria barbecue, after the vaqueros that grilled this cut while on the range. It's a quick style of grilling specific to central California. Enjoy it on your own turf - the backyard grill. Or broil it indoors, flipping it a few times to ensure a seared finish.
Just the facts
- From authentic Wagyu stock
- No antibiotics or hormones, ever
- No animal by-products
- Graded by third party auditor using Japanese BMS scoring system
- Ships in an uncooked state; frozen items may thaw in transit
- Product of USA
- For best taste on fresh products, use or freeze within 3-5 days of receipt; for frozen products, use within 1-2 days after thawing
The Wagyu cattle are an extraordinary breed, native to Japan, where they developed in isolation with a unique genetic propensity to high marbling. Feeding programs encourage the cattle to put on fat in all the right places, and the Japanese have evolved special regimens for their cattle.
At D’Artagnan, we work with ranchers who raise Wagyu cattle in Texas, where the cattleman is still king. East meets west with Texas ranching know-how and the influence of Japanese feeding techniques. The emphasis of the program is humane treatment and a low-stress environment for the cattle throughout their lives.
The cattle begin on pasture land and are then introduced to a gradual feeding system, with seven different feed variations, which include grain and corn, free-choice minerals and fresh water. And, like their Japanese cousins, a strictly-followed diet rotation is the secret to the development of the characteristic marbling, delicate texture and superb flavor. No antibiotics, hormones or animal by-products are ever used. Raised until the age of 30-36 months, the cattle are fully monitored at every stage of their growth.
The resulting delicate and rich Wagyu beef is graded Prime 90% of the time; then it is graded using the Japanese Beef Marbling Standards (BMS) system, which scores the amount of marbling in the meat, ranking it from 1 to 12. Scores from 8 and up indicate levels of abundant marbling, and the top of the BMS scale (12) would mean that the fat marbling was extremely abundant. The Japanese further rank beef on overall quality from 1 to 5 (being excellent), which takes into account the marbling, yield, color and texture as well as fat quality.