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Grilled Tri-Tip Steak with Molasses Chili Marinade Recipe

This grilled tri-tip steak is nothing short of amazing! The molasses chili marinade adds out-of-this-world flavor.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Marinating Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Entrees
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef and Lamb Recipes, Grilling Recipes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 510kcal


  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds tri-tip steaks


  • In a large glass bowl or container, whisk together brown sugar, molasses, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, chili powder and freshly ground black pepper until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Place tri-tip steaks in the marinade and turn until completely coated. Let marinate for about 1 hour, covered, turning the steak occasionally.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat and brush with canola oil.
  • Place the steaks on the grill (do not discard the marinade) and cook until desired degree of doneness is reached, about 5 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the steaks. Remove steak from the grill and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
  • Transfer the marinade and any juices collected from the cooked steaks to a small saucepan. Bring to a low boil and let cook for about 10 minutes. Serve with the steak.


Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 918mg | Potassium: 1128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 5.2mg