I have a question about holding tri-tip for restaurant service. I have prepared tri-tip numerous times both at home and when I worked as a caterer but I have never prepared it for service in a restaurant. The place I work does a farmer's market dinner every Sunday and we have our own cattle ranch that supplies our beef. Recently they (the powers that be) inquired about doing a tri-tip for our upcoming dinner. I am a little nervous as we do not wish to do BBQ style with all the sauce and would like to showcase our beef. Any advice on the best way to hold and serve this without killing it. We do not have warming ovens. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Try marinating and if possible lightly smoke it and finish in the oven. This way you can even serve sauce on the side and t is delicious
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You can hold it Sous vide style in a cooler. Bag the cooked meat, hopefully still hot, put the bags in the cooler of water at your holding temp and close the lid. check temp occasionally and add hot water if needed. This works well.
I cooked 2 Tb ones yesterday Sous vide style on the stove top. I seasoned the meat sealed it in a ziplock covered it with cold water in a stock pot. Put it on heat til the water hit 132 and turned off heat and put the lid on. This worked great for a couple of pieces. Could work for ore.
This works really good and with a few coolers you can hold many things at different temps. With just a couple of pots to heat water.
Just be sure that the 'health' inspectors in your area understand how this works and why so they don't show up and ruin your day and make an embarrassing display at the market. Ours finally came around after we showed them a few HACCP plans and the USDA pasteurizing tables for below 140 degrees, do this well in advance of your event. Just because one agrees that it is 'safe' doesn't mean they all will unless you have it worked out in advance.