Tri-tip steak comes from the tender, triangle roast in front of the hind quarters and is a flavorful, tender cut of meat. Because the meat tends to dry out when cooking, it's ideal for slow cookers that help preserve the meat's juices. Adding a splash of wine, beer or other flavorful liquid, along with some spices and vegetables, to your slow cooker helps you tailor the tri tip steak to suit your tastebuds.
Trim any fat from the steak, as desired.
Rub the steak with your favorite dry spice rub and place in a plastic sealable food bag. Refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.
Spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray or grease with butter.
Place the steak on the bottom of the slow cooker and top with any desired vegetables. Good steak pairings include carrots, onions, potatoes and tomatoes.
Add about a cup of liquid. Water is fine, but for added flavor, use beer, wine, broth or a combination.
Turn on the slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for seven to 10 hours, or on high for four to five hours.
Remove the steak and transfer to a serving bowl or platter. Serve with a gravy bowl containing the slow cooker juices.