A tri tip roast slow cooker recipe that will blow you away. If you've never tried this cut of beef it is a must. Sometimes known as poor man's brisket, this cut of beef is a great roast when you're looking for high quality but a little easier on the wallet.
Anything you can cook in the crock pot, for me, is a winner. I love to use it, especially tailgating or at the deer camp. Anything you can throw all your ingredients into and let it cook itself is pure gold.
Cooking a tri-tip roast gives you a tender, fall apart roast that is full of flavor and easy to prepare.
❤️ Why you'll love it
- It's certainly not the cheapest cuts of beef you can buy, you can buy a cut from the chuck roast area and it be cheaper. However, if you're looking for high quality (close to brisket-like quality) for a more cost-effective price a tri tip roast is the way to go.
- The meat is full of long muscle fibers which is why cooking in the crock pot is best - but these muscle fibers do add a lot of great flavor!
- Being able to just toss it into the slow cooker and let it do its thing while you get busy with housework (or tailgating) is awesome in my book. A few minutes of prep gives you a delicious home-cooked meal.
- I find this recipe pleases the entire family.
- Tri Tip Roast
- Pot Roast Seasoning
- Beef Broth
See recipe card at the bottom of this post for quantities.
- Step 1: Slice the onions and lay out on the bottom of your slow cooker.
- Step 2: Coat the tri tip roast in the pot roast seasoning and lay on top of the onion slices.
- Step 3: Sprinkle the garlic cloves on top of the roast.
- Step 4: Pour the beef broth around the roast.
- Step 5: Cover and cook on low for four hours.
- Step 6: Add the carrots and potatoes and cook another four hours.
Hint: Depending on your butcher, you may find your beautiful triangle roast has a lot of fat on the outside. I like to trim this before adding to the slow cooker. This is usually left on there for occasions when cooking on a grill.
- Give a quick taste test at the end of the cooking time. You may need to add some salt and pepper to the gravy.
🔄 Substitutions and Variations
- Garlic Powder - add a little of this for more flavor.
- Olive Oil -
- Chicken Broth -
- Beef Stock -
- Worcestershire Sauce - to add that Umami flavor, or soy sauce.
- Green Beans -
- Instant Mashed Potatoes - you can add these flakes for thickening the gravy at the end.
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You'll need a slow cooker for this recipe. I have an affiliate link to my favorite in the printable recipe card below.
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Once this tip roast recipe has cooled completely, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
This recipe does freeze well. Store in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.
Expert Tip: Searing the roast in a large skillet before adding to the slow cooker will add some flavor, ensure the seasoning sticks to the tri tip roast and will help the roast hold its shape a little. I do this sometimes, but a lot of the time I want it to fall apart and if I'm tailgating I'd rather not have the fuss of another step in the recipe.
The tri tip area is from the bottom area under the sirloin. This is why a tri tip roast is also known as bottom sirloin roast.
We like to eat it with rice as a favorite side dish (we're in Louisiana - rice is what we do) - a lot of folks like crusty bread or mashed potatoes.
A perfect way to use leftovers is to make shredded beef bbq sandwiches. A few extra simple steps and you have a whole other meal.
Tri Tip Roast Instant Pot Version
If you have an instant pot and want to cook this tri tip roast quicker, you can use this same recipe. Add the roast once coated in the pot roast seasoning and give a quick sear all sides on saute mode.
Then add the remaining ingredients and pressure cook on manual for 60 minutes. Allow to slow release.
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- 1 Onion, diced
- 4lb Tri Tip Roast, trimmed
- ½ Cup Pot Roast Seasoning
- 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 5 Cups Beef Broth
- 2 Sprigs Rosemary
- 5 Gold Potatoes, halved
- 3 Carrots, sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Slice the onions and lay in an even layer on the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Coat the tri tip roast with the pot roast seasoning and lay over the top of the onions.
- Sprinkle the garlic over the top then pour the beef broth around the sides of the roast so as to not wash away the seasoning from the roast (as best as possible anyway).
- Add the rosemary sprigs and cover with the lid. Cook on low for 4 hours.
- After 4 hours have passed add the potatoes and carrots and continue to cook for another 4 hours.
- Discard of the rosemary sprigs and taste the gravy, season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Turn off the slow cooker and see how the gravy thickens. If you need to, add a touch of instant mashed potato flakes to thicken some little more.
I always prefer to use mashed potato flakes for thickening stews, especially when there are already potatoes in the recipe.
If you prefer, remove the roast from the crock pot and shred with forks then add back to the gravy.
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Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 647Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 205mgSodium 791mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 3gSugar 2gProtein 68g