Slow Cooked Tri Tip Roast

Whoever said, the way to a man’s heart, is through his stomach, MUST have been talking about my man. Each year, he loves it when I make him special treats for his birthday- whether it’s his favorite meal, or like last year, when all he wanted was Trader Joe’s No-Pudge Fudge (brownies from a box people!). Perhaps it was out of sympathy for his ailing wife, (in which case, I’m not complaining), but this year J.P. continued his tradition of making a simple request: tri-tip roast.

How to Make Tri-Tip Roast in the Slow Cooker

Thanks to a slow-cooker, this recipe is a snap! J.P. likes roll his juicy meat in a tortilla, top it with cheese, lettuce, sour cream and hot sauce- viola! Tri-tip burritos! Now if only someone would invent the self-cleaning slow cooker…

Easy Breezy Tri-Tip Roast

Easy Breezy Tri-Tip Roast


    Marinade: (suggested for 4-6lbs of meat)
  • ¼ cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbs of garlic, onion, celery salt
  • 3 tbs liquid smoke
  • fresh-cracked pepper


  1. Place in slow-cooker, fatty side up
  2. Whisk marinade ingredients together and pour over meat
  3. Cook on low setting for 10 hours, or medium setting for 6 hours (the longer the meat cooks, the more tender it will be).



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7 Responses to Easy Breezy Tri-Tip Roast

  1. Friendly says:

    There may not be a self cleaning slow cooker, but they do sell slow cooker liners at the store. They line the slow cooker crock completely and when you’re finished you just pitch it in the trash! I would probably never use my slow cooker if it weren’t for these handy little things!

  2. Thanks for this recipe, I tried it and it was a huge hit. I do have a couple of questions for you. What kind of liquid smoke, the grocery store had two choices, mesquite and hickory, I went with hickory. Also, was your trip- tip falling apart, mine was wonderful but i could not find a pice that held together quite as beautifully as yours. Thanks again, next on my to try list, the holiday cocktail recipe you posted!

  3. Eileen says:

    The slow cooker liners are the only way to use the slow cooker.

  4. lizzee says:

    We loved it. My husband has even invited friends over for this for a Sunday meal. I made a peppercorn gravy from the juices and that was an excellent addition.

  5. Verna says:

    If the recipe above says 1 Tbs garlic, onion, celery salt, does this indicate 1T each of garlic salt, onion salt and celery salt? Or 1T of the combined garlic salt, onion salt, celery salt? Or some other combination that I’m not clarifying?

  6. Josh says:

    What’s so hard about cleaning the crock pot? Fill it with warm soapy water, soak for an hour and wash. Done. Big deal.

  7. Juli says:

    I love this recipe and have made it before but can’t remember if I used onion salt, garlic salt, and celery salt, or onion powder, garlic powder, and celery salt. I think I did TBSP of each and not 1 combined TBSP. Thanks for clarifying!! Love this recipes and it’s ease!!

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