How to Cook a Beef Loin Tri Tip Steak in a Crock Pot

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.

Tri-tip is ideal for slow cookers.
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Step 1

Trim any fat from the steak, as desired.

Step 2

Rub the steak with your favorite dry spice rub and place in a plastic sealable food bag. Refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

Step 3

Spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray or grease with butter.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

Add about a cup of liquid. Water is fine, but for added flavor, use beer, wine, broth or a combination.

Step 6

Turn on the slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for seven to 10 hours, or on high for four to five hours.

Step 7

Remove the steak and transfer to a serving bowl or platter. Serve with a gravy bowl containing the slow cooker juices.

Things You'll Need

  • Kitchen knife

  • Dry spice rub

  • Plastic food bag

  • Cooking spray or butter

  • Vegetables (optional)

  • Liquid of choice

  • Serving bowl or platter


Vegetables that cook faster can be added along with the steak a few hours into the cooking time.

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